Family fun is like a great recipe. It requires the perfect balance of ingredients working together to create an amazing final product. When it comes to preparing the perfect family vacation, start with an outstanding location, sprinkle in a bevy of activities, and add a dash of welcoming amenities.  

Playing master chef, Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort serves up the ultimate family getaway. Located in Minnesota’s idyllic Brainerd Lakes region, this Midwest marvel showcases activities for all ages, breathtaking natural scenes, and some of the Northwoods’ finest accommodations.

The outdoor adventures begin on the pristine waters of Upper Sylvan Lake where a boater’s paradise awaits. Captain a sailing expedition, kick back on a pontoon ride, and get a workout on a kayak, canoe, or paddle boat. Anglers can set off on a fishing boat in search of walleye, northern, and bass.  

Get your feet wet when you dive in for a swim in some of the cleanest water you can find. Sand seekers can enjoy views of the shimmering water from a comfortable spot on one of two onsite beaches. Construct sand castles with the little ones or just lie back and soak in the sun.  

Activities also abound on land, where breathtaking scenery welcomes outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Hikers and bikers can explore 4,400 feet of trails within the resort or head just a short distance away for even more terrain. The city of East Gull Lake offers nine miles of paved trails for cyclists while Pillsbury State Forest and the legendary Paul Bunyan Trail are a hiker’s oasis.

Try a couple other forms of transportation when you putter through nearby scenic golf courses on a cart and gallop through the pine-lined landscape on a horseback riding expedition. If you’d   prefer some urban excursions, the downtown area showcases unique shops, family dining, and regional landmarks.

The entertainment doesn’t end back at the resort, where a boatload of amenities will appease all ages. Make a splash in the sprawling pool, swing by the onsite tennis court, serve up a game of volleyball, or get your heart pumping in the fitness room.  

The kids will love traversing the outdoor playground, testing their skills in the game room, and shooting some hoops on the basketball court. When night falls, roast marshmallows and tell stories in the campfire area.

After an eventful day, unwind in the indoor spa, prepare a family picnic on the complimentary grill, or lounge on the patio. Kick back in your spacious room, which features an elegant fireplace, a lakeside deck, and cable television.

Stirring up a mixture of outdoor adventures, stunning Minnesota scenery, and fantastic accommodations, Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort has perfected the recipe for family fun. 

Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort

Brainerd, Minnesota

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