We are spending 3 days at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes.
We are going with our 2 teenage girls. Does anyone have any advice on fun things to do in and around Detroit Lakes. This is our first visit.
Have had a family cabin there my whole life! Great City!
Restaurants....Zorbaz, great pizza and Mexican food. If you have never been to Zorbaz you must go, and if you have, well I'm sure you're looking forward to have their pizza again. Also try their Macho Nacho's. Do only a half order if you are eating pizza. Hotel Shoreham, they compete with Zorbaz as far as best pizza in DL. I can't decide myself, but the "special" is a darn good za! They also have a very nice menu from walleye to pasta. My wife loves the pesto pasta there. Hotel Shoreham is near the golf course and if you are "golfers", golf first, then go for dinner like nearly every other golfer does. There are also some nice homes to check out near there. Fireside, this is the most "upscale" restaurant in DL and the place to go for a good steak, cocktail, and sunset. It's pricey, and unless your daughters appreciate a good steak I would skip it. Long Bridge, this is a spot to go for a burger and listen to music. Sundays they have Island Time playing "island music" from 2pm to 6pm. Good burgers and even better music. If you are there Sunday you must go. Lakeside, great view of the lake, right across from the beach, but every restaurant mentioned above has better food. There is also a restaurant in Holiday Inn that faces the water. I have honestly never eaten there, but my wife, sisters and mother had breakfast there over Memorial day and liked it. We are planning on going there tomorrow (Thursday) for music and "beach drinks." Do the above mentioned first!
What to do....If you golf, golf. Detroit Lakes has a very nice country club with a full 18 as well as an executive 18. Maybe you have heard of the Pine to Palm? DL is also a quick drive to Wildflower. If you fish, fish. You are right on Detroit Lake, but there are hundreds of good fishing lakes in the area. There is horseback riding. I'm not sure if its still at the Soo Pass Ranch? Ask someone at the Holiday Inn and they will know. There is a flea market every weekend as well. This is by the golf course and also the Hotel Shoreham. There will most likely be music one night at Zorbaz. It won't necessarily be a wild crowd, but it might be 21+. The one thing I would do for certain is rent a pontoon (if you don't have a boat) for the afternoon on Detroit Lake and cruise around. Long Bridge as mentioned above is accessible by boat and many people boat there for lunch. Do this on Sunday for the music! This is a must! Honestly, if you have a boat, I would spend all 3 days on the water. You can even beach your boat on the public beach and walk across the street to Zorbaz. And last on my list is shop. Downtown has several "cute shops" (that's what my wife calls them) if you need to waste some time on a rainy day. To some up what to do...enjoy the lake, go to the the beach, rent a boat (there might also be jet ski rental?), water ski, tube, wakeboard...you'll fit right in!
I hope that helps. I have spent every summer of my life in D.L. I am 29 years old and have missed 3 4th of July's in DL. My first 4th of July was when I was 2 weeks old! My wife and I leave tonight for a full week at the cabin! You will love your 3 days there.
I forgot about "The Lodge" Its a hotel/spa very close to the Holiday Inn. For things to do, you could always do a day or morning at the spa. I believe they also offer entertainment on Thursdays. They may have entertainment other nights as well. Google them.
There is also shooting star casino about 40 min away. The casino is on the White Earth Indian Reservation. Maybe there is a Pow Wow that weekend?
I also have to mention getting up into the woods and visiting the "Refuge." Tamarac Wild Life Refuge is what being "up in the woods" is all about. Here is their website... http://www.fws.gov/midwest/tamarac/
You could also drive to Itasca to see where the Mississippi River starts. I personally wouldn't do this if you are only in DL for 3 days. You could spend 3 days alone in Itasca, and it is a bit of a drive.
You can also visit the DL website and they have an events calender...http://visitdetroitlakes.com/
Oh shoot, one more thing. You can also go tubing down the Otter Tail river. If you don't have a boat (and plan on renting one only one day to go to Long Bridge:)) this would be a really fun day with your girls. You can bring a cooler (pop, beer, snacks) and they have a tube you can attach to your tube specifically for you cooler...Genius! It's been a while and I know it can get a bit crazy on the river, but overall I believe it is family friendly.
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply with your suggestions.
We will definitely be trying some of them. The tubing on Otter Tail River sounds fun and will try the restaurants you mentioned also.