At this classic resort on Gull Lake, there are enough activities to keep even a moody teen happy. Hydrobikes, kayaks and standup paddleboards (with lessons) wait at the beach. Those with a competitive streak can opt for beach volleyball, tennis, basketball and cardbord boat derbies, where teams build and race makeshift boats. Bonfires and moonlight movies light up the night. 11000 Craguns Dr., Brainerd; 1-800-272-4867;

Runner-up: An arcade, pool table and a drumming circle keep it upbeat at Crow Wing Crest Lodge; 31159 County 23, Akeley; 1-218-652-3111;

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