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Nisswa Turtle Races | Nisswa, MN | Home of the Turtle Races

Looking for something enjoyable and family-friendly to do in Nisswa, MN during the summer? Be sure to check out the Nisswa Turtle Races hosted by the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce!

The Nisswa Turtle Races, known as the "Home of the Turtle Races," have been a beloved summer tradition in the Nisswa and Brainerd Minnesota Lakes Area for 61 years, since 1963. This exciting event brings together locals and visitors of all ages every Wednesday from early June to mid-August for a day filled with fun and friendly competition.


Location and Schedule: The races take place at the Official Nisswa Turtle Track, located behind the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce building. Free parking is available for all attendees. The races start on June 5th and run until August 14th, with the first race kicking off at 2:00 pm. Registration begins at 1:00 pm, so be sure to arrive early to secure your spot!

How it Works: Participants can join the races for just $5.00 per racer, which includes an official racing button and the use of a turtle. Please note that bringing your own turtle is not allowed due to the rules. On race day, the staff wets the race track to get it ready for the turtles. Once your number is called, head to the inner race circle with your turtle. Release your turtle and cheer it on as it races towards the finish line. The staff members will blow their whistle once a turtle crosses the finish line.

Fun for Everyone: Be prepared to spend a couple of hours at the races, as there can be multiple heats and many racers. It's a fantastic way to spend an afternoon with family and friends. If it's a beautiful day, the races and town can get busy, but don't worry – there are plenty of places to grab a coffee, snack, or even a meal. Make sure to bring your enthusiasm and competitive spirit for an unforgettable experience!

Contact Information: For any inquiries or further information about the Nisswa Turtle Races, please contact the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce at or visit their website at

Full Event Information:

  • 61st Annual Nisswa Turtle Races

  • This event is fun for all ages! 

  • Dates: Wednesdays June 5th - August 14th, 2024

  • When: Registration starts at 1:00pm, Races start at 2:00pm

  • The Official Nisswa Turtle Track is located behind the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce building

  • Fee: $5 per racer includes your 2024 Turtle Race button and the use of a racing turtle

  • Event Contact: Nisswa Chamber of Commerce | |

  • Safety of the Turtles

We are not affiliated with the Nisswa Turtle Races. This informational page is dedicated to events and happenings in the Nisswa Lakes Area. We strive to provide the most up-to-date information available.

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