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Minnesota Destinations: Detroit Lakes

Detroit Lakes offers year-round fun.

Former mayor Larry Buboltz once said that if you're bored in Detroit Lakes during the summer, go to the doctor because there's something wrong with you. He may just be right.

Detroit Lakes plays host to a wide assortment of entertaining activities, events and festivals, regardless of the time of year.

Spring months can find you searching through booths at the Street Faire at the Lakes for the perfect treasure, or looking through the treetops for that one-of-a kind bird during the annual Festival of Birds. Springtime is also one last chance to catch your breath before the never-ending march of summer events begins.

Summer, which doubles the population of Detroit Lakes each year, hosts the area's largest music festival, WE Fest, which celebrates its 31st anniversary this year, and celebrations like the Northwest Water Carnival, which has been in existence for almost eight decades now.

There are also endless hiking, swimming, boating, biking and of course, golfing opportunities available for visitors at any time: Detroit Lakes boasts 412 lakes within 25 miles, and a mile-long city beach of its own.

During the winter, a village of fish houses can be found on Big and Little Detroit lakes, and snowmobilers will find more than 250 miles of groomed trails winding their way through the woods and fields of Becker County.

Regardless of the season, there are always trails to be found at Sucker Creek and Dunton Locks, for hiking, cross country skiing or simply enjoying nature up close and personal. There are also lots of quaint shopping boutiques and stores as well as several coffee shops for you to stop, rest and meet some friends for a hot cup of java, espresso or an iced beverage of your choice, and some of them have some pretty tasty food as well.

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