Top 12 Winter Activities to do in Nisswa

Family Fun, Resort Adventures

Minnesota is fun all year in Nisswa, recently named Best Minnesota Small Town by WCCO. If you are looking for fun this winter book your trip at Grand View Lodge and experience these 12 activities that will make your vacation one for the books!

1. Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing at The Pines Winter Recreation Center

Winter snowshoe

Guests at Grand View Lodge can enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at The Pines Winter Recreation Center. Explore over 20 kilometers of scenic, groomed cross-country ski trails through The Pines Golf Course. Bring your skis or snowshoes or use ours. Our trails wind through beautiful hardwood forests filled with scenic landscape and abundant wildlife. There is also a selection of area cross country ski trails to adventure as well. However, you’ll need your equipment to explore those trails.

2. Ice Skating and Hockey Rinks

Winter iceskate

Don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying outdoor activities like ice skating during your stay. Grand View Lodge provides two curated rinks, free skate loaners, and a warming room. Only a selection of sizes are offered, so if you have ice skates – be sure to bring them during your stay to enjoy the rinks with your family or friends. Also downtown Nisswa has a refrigerated hockey rink and Zambonis their ice to make ‘pick-up games’ a little more competitive and fun.

3. Horse-drawn Wagon Rides

Winter horsewagonrides
There’s nothing more magical than a winter wagon ride, especially during the holidays. This activity is complimentary during your stay. A sign-up is available, so be sure to ensure your time slot before you arrive to make sure you get to experience this winter wonderland.

4. Wine and Beer Tastings

Winter beertasting

Sometimes the winter weather leads us to want to stay indoors where it’s warm. If this occurs, then partake in our wine and beer tastings. Each week guests can enjoy a tasting tour of several wines from different regions of the world. All wine tasting participants receive a certificate for a complimentary glass of wine to use in any of our restaurants during their stay.

We also have beer tastings! Experience what Minnesota breweries have to offer. Each week, guests can try a variety of styles and breweries with information and tasting notes on each. Included in the tasting is a coupon for the Northwoods Pub for you to enjoy another pint of MN craft beer.

Sign-up for our wine and beer tastings on Saturdays at 3pm.

5. Mini Waterpark

Winter pool

Make a splash in your family scrapbook and enjoy Grand View Lodge’s mini waterpark! At our indoor pool, you’ll find a 110-foot indoor waterslide with connecting swimming pools. Grown-ups and kids alike can take turns going down the slide. Kids can also enjoy three water fountains and two water guns. Warm up in either of our two hot tubs.

6. Snowmobiling

Winter snowmobiling

A 1,200-mile network of snowmobile trails radiate in every direction in the Brainerd Lakes Area, making this area one of the upper Midwest’s premier snowmobiling destinations. Bring your sled or rent one from our friends at Boats & Beyond Rentals. Marvel at beautiful views while zipping through the woods – a highly recommended exhilarating adventure.

7. Ice Fishing

Winter icefishing

Our area has long been a fishing destination and the winter is no exception. With multiple lakes in the area, you are sure to find the species and experience you are looking for. You don’t have to bear the cold while ice fishing. We offer our guests the opportunity to rent one of our fish houses on Roy Lake. Also, one of the many activities that you can sign up for is Ice Fishing 101 where you can enjoy a few hours on the lake and become a seasoned ice fishing expert yourself.

8. Three Restaurants

Winter dining

It’s not a true vacation without great food! Grand View Lodge has three dining venues that are open year-round – CHAR Craft Steaks, Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar, and the Northwoods Pub. Each venue offers something different. Don’t forget that the Northwoods Pub offers happy hours from 4 pm to 6 pm Monday-Saturday and all day on Sunday. They also feature a fantastic bloody mary bar spread Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

9. Mount Ski Gull

Winter mountskigull

Just down the road from us is Mount Ski Gull. Book your stay with us and receive 15% off your ski, snowboard, or tubing pass. Mount Ski Gull has a total of 12 runs (40% beginner, 30% intermediate, 30% expert). Mount Ski Gull boasts of their dedicated terrain park, a tubing hill, and a full-service chalet. For those thrill-seeking ski enthusiasts, stay with us and adventure at Mount Ski Gull.

10. Brewery Tour

Winter brewerytour

The Brainerd Lakes Area is home to a variety of craft breweries, two of which are in Nisswa! Take your own beer tour around the area.
Big Axe Brewing is downtown Nisswa’s very own small-batch craft brewery and taproom. They feature a large variety of custom ales and freshly made sodas.
Roundhouse Brewery is located in Brainerd. They craft excellent beers in a uniquely historic setting starting with the highest quality ingredients and a passion for the pursuit of an exceptional pint.
Jack Pine Brewery is located in Brainerd. They were the first brewery in the Brainerd Lakes Area since prohibition. They brew a wide variety of beers available in the brewery taproom and beyond. They were named Grand Brewfest People’s Choice in 2017.
• Breweries also available in Crosslake and Cuyuna.

11. Traveling Art Pub

TAP into your creativity. Enjoy one of the Traveling Art Pub’s two-hour guided art instruction with your family or friends. Check their events calendar online to see if they have any portraits you are interested in painting. No experience is required. TAP provides supplies and you get to take home your one-of-a-kind masterpiece!

12. Pretty Good Shopping

Winter shopping

Nisswa was recently named Best Small Town in MN by WCCO. They offer one of the best assortments of shopping experiences in the state. Each storefront has a different personality. From unique gifts and clothing to home décor and more, visitors from miles away love the downtown Nisswa shopping excursion.

13. Spalidays at Glacial Waters Spa


Treat yourself this holiday season with our Spalidays offer. Enjoy savings and select from a variety of holiday-related services. Book your appointments now by calling 218-963-8700. Also new this year is our “Spirit of Giving” promotion. When you book a service and bring in NEW hats, mittens, gloves, or scarves - you can receive a certificate for a free Pedessage, Scalp Massage, Facial Peel, or Gel Mani upgrade.
See Spalidays full service list for more details

Now that you know that there are tons do in the winter months at Grand View Lodge check out our winter packages and make your trip come to life.

Ooh Ahh Spa
October 21-December 20
Sunday-Thursday Only $220/person for 1 night*

  • deluxe lodging with breakfast daily
  • $200 spa gift card (per person)
  • spa services (available Sun 12pm-Thu)
  • fitness center and hot tubs (daily)

Grand Holidays
December 20-31
Starting at $155/night*

  • deluxe lodging with breakfast buffet daily
  • winter activities – sleigh rides, bonfires, elf tuck-ins, ice skating and more
  • indoor family fun center
  • cc ski and snowshoe trails
  • indoor pool, hot tubs and fitness center
  • Christmas Buffet
  • New Year’s Eve Buffet

Ice Fishing Extravaganza
January 25-26 Starting at $168/night*

  • deluxe lodging with breakfast daily
  • FREE shuttles to and from fishing event
  • access to guest-only hospitality suite – warm up with FREE beer, hot cocoa, chili and hot dogs
  • fun winter activities
  • 15% off ski, snowboard, or tubing pass at Mount Ski Gull

de’Vine Wine and Culinary Weekend
February 8-10
Starting at $250/person for 2 nights*

  • 2 nights deluxe lodging with breakfast daily
  • bottle of our private label wine (red or white)
  • de’vine wine glass
  • Friday: Cakebread Cellars Dinner $125pp (reservations required)
  • Friday: Two Mountain Winery Dinner $95pp (reservations required)
  • Saturday: culinary classes, food & wine seminars, and the Grand Tasting: sample over 200 wines
  • Sunday: champagne brunch