activities & attractions

Family Travel to Minnesota

Our Minnesota resort is the perfect destination for your family's getaway. Boasting top attractions, such as an indoor waterpark, outdoor water sports on Otter Tail lake, a challenging golf course and access to top area attractions, Thumper Pond is ideal for your next Minnesota resort vacation. 

Ottertail Area Attractions

Cupkie Christmas Village
County Road 14, Perham, MN  |  (218) 346-6166

The Cupkie Christmas Village is located on a 43-acre farm offering an abundance of spruces, firs, pines and exotics for you to cut your own Christmas tree, or choose from our pre-cut choices. Sleds are available to pull you through the field, and a bonfire is always burning for roasting marshmallows. The gift shop is open year-round for those who take care of their Christmas list early!

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Inspiration Peak
Brandon, MN

Located in the southern part of Otter Tail County is a collection of glacial features known as Leaf Hills. The highest of these is Inspiration Peak, rising 1,750 feet above the surrounding countryside. From the top, hikers can see almost 20 miles on a clear day, viewing almost 50 lakes strewn across fields and pastures.

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Maplewood State Park
39721 Park Entrance Road Pelican Rapids, MN 56572

Explore 9,500 acres of glacial hills covered with maple-basswood forest, located in lake dotted Otter Tail County and home to 150 bird species and 50 species of mammals. Choose from eight major lakes and many ponds, offering water lovers places to swim, fish, boat, and simply relax. Lake Lida has a sandy beach and large picnic areas for visitors. The maple forest turns brilliant shades of orange, gold, and red in the fall. 

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Ottertail Boutique Shopping

Shopping connoisseurs and fashionistas of all ages will enjoy the boutiques located in the Ottertail Lake area.

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Red Horse Ranch Arena
22671 County Highway 10, Fergus Falls, MN | (218) 736-3000

Red Horse Ranch Arena is a 220-acre farm boasting over 114,000 square feet under one roof. From riding lessons to trail rides to rodeos, the Red Horse Ranch is Minnesota's premier destination for anything equine.

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Glendalough State Park

A transition zone between prairie and hardwood forest, this state park allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in wildlife. Crystal-clear Annie Battle Lake is a non-motorized, 335-acre "Heritage Fishery" providing an unparalleled fishing experience, with steady supplies of sunfish, crappie, walleye and bass. Trails meander through the woods and around five lakes, offering hiking, skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Bring a picnic and spend the afternoon on the sandy shores of the lakes! A paved bike trail loop and numerous hiking trails, including two interpretive trails, meander along five lakes, through rich woods and blooming prairies. Wildlife abounds year-round, and there are many observation decks along the trails. Trails are groomed in winter for skiing and snowshoeing. Picnicking and swimming is available on two sandy lakes.

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Spring
  • The Thumper Pond Golf Course is open

    Schedule a tee time

  • Great fishing in the Otter Tail lakes area

    Walleye, crappie, sunfish, bass and muskie

  • Climb Inspiration Peak

    Awe-inspiring views, highest point in the county

  • Fort Thunder Shooting Center opens
Summer
  • Fishing and water sports abound
  • Take a cruise on Otter Tail lake
  • Visit our neighboring State Parks

    Hike, bike or bird watch at Glendalough State Park or Maplewood State Park

  • Boutique shopping
  • Celebrate with summertime festivals
  • Escape the heat at our indoor water park

    Find out more about the indoor activity center

Fall
  • Great weather for golfing
  • Fishing on Otter Tail lake
  • Cruise the Otter Trail Scenic Byway and watch the leaves turn
Winter
  • Enjoy 500+ miles of groomed & marked snowmobile trails
  • Cross-country skiing trails groomed throughout the golf course
  • Ice fishing
  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides
  • Cupkies Christmas Village

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Due to the COVID-19 virus,  we have made the difficult decision to suspend the operations of Thumper Pond Resort beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Thursday, April 2, 2020. For more information about how Thumper Pond is handling this challenging time, please see the link below.

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