Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway to Paul Bunyan Land Theme Park
Minnesota, the "Land of 1,000 Lakes," is one of the biggest centers of Paul Bunyan folklore in the country. Throughout the state there are Paul Bunyan statues and other types of landmarks. Two places to be sure to visit on a Paul Bunyan trip are the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway and Paul Bunyan Land in Brainerd.
The beautiful Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway stretches across 54 miles of good road. It winds through Minnesota. Visitors to the byway will enjoy the scenery, the interpretive kiosks, the recreation and more all while celebrating the tale of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.
The route of the byway is essentially two loops, which stretches from the Pequot Lakes to Crosslake. Visitors to this region can enjoy a leisurely day of driving on the Byway, or it can be stretched into an entire vacation. The region is filled with lakes, including the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, which, as the story goes, are the hoof prints of Babe the Blue Ox. In fact, the lakes of the entire region are said to have come from the legendary Paul Bunyan.
Not only is the Byway a great way to enjoy this region of Minnesota, but it also is a fantastic way to revel in the legend of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and their influence on the region. Throughout a trip along the Scenic Byway, there are plenty of places to learn about the variety of legends associated with the giant lumberjack. This Byway is the only one in the country named after, and dedicated to a fictional legend.
After driving the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway, drivers can head south to Brainerd, Minnesota. Visitors to Brainerd can take in all of the fun of the Paul Bunyan legend at the Paul Bunyan Land Theme Park. Not only will you have the opportunity to take in the amazing Minnesota legged, but you will also be able to job all of the fun of a theme park.
Paul Bunyan Land has over 35 different rides and attractions. Some of the rides include the Ghost Mine Ride, a ferris wheel, a Tilt-a-Wheel, a roller coaster and more. One of the best features of Paul Bunyan Land are the attractions. Throughout the theme park there are interesting historic displays, including the Old Tyme Photo & Tattoo Shop, which has an amazing selection of period clothing. Visitors can also enjoy the delicious old fashioned candy from the candy shop.
This theme park also has a haunted house, a mine tour, and more. One display that is a lot of fun for Paul Bunyan enthusiasts is the Cook Shanty. Visitors to the Cook Shanty will find a whole miniature display of Paul Bunyan's Onion River Logging Run.
Another fun attraction at the park is the Birch Ridge Village, which is a great display of an Old Farm Pioneer Village. Visitors to this part of the park can explore the museum and many interesting out buildings. Birch Ridge Village has a granary, a log house, a doctors office and more.
Of course, no theme park named Paul Bunyan Land would be complete without a statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. In fact, this theme park is home to the largest talking animated man in the world. Visitors will find this Paul Bunyan statue a lot of fun. The theme park also has another statues, including statues of craftsmen and other characters of Paul Bunyan's time period.