THINGS TO DO


So you're looking for things to do, huh? 

Well you've come to the right place. Those who live and work here know that Perham is a great place to play. With our luscious landscaping and beautiful lakes, our area brings many different activities to the table. Whether indoors or out, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

Attractions

There are many different types of attractions in the area that offer leisure, adventure, or amusement. Our many parks and lakes provide natural entertainment, while our businesses provide cultural value, historical significance, and most of all - fun! 

Arts & Craft Fairs

Vendors from all over the region gather to sell their goods in various art and craft fairs throughout the year. Shop the fair for home decor, clothing, jewelry, accessories, pottery, and more! Perfect for those looking for a unique shopping experience.

Bike Trails

Perham has three interconnected bike trails covering the whole city, available for bikers or walkers. Take a cruise on the Arvig Park Trail, Wellness Trail, and Wildflower Trail. It's not about how fast you go, it's about enjoying the ride.  

Boating

With over 1,000 lakes in our area, it is easy to find your own place on the water. Whether you are pulling kids on a tube behind a jet ski, looking for a hidden fishing hole, or out for an evening pontoon cruise, the Perham area has you covered. 

Bowling

Whether you are a pro or a beginner, the bowling alley at The Cactus has the perfect indoor activity for families of all ages to fight off those windy, rainy, wintery days. 

Camping

If you are up for something a little more rustic and a little more adventurous, pitch a tent or pull a camper into the great outdoors! Stay up all night sharing stories around a bonfire or gazing at the stars. Adventure awaits! 

Cultural Activities

Perham has a variety of different cultural opportunities to discover: live music and entertainment, painting events and classes, Waves of Discovery Mural, museums, and more! 

Farmers Market

Vendors of locally made or produced goods gather each Wednesday,  Friday & Saturdays (8-1) during the summer for a local farmer's market. Buy local and buy fresh. What could be better? 

Festivals & Celebrations

When you live in lakes country, you don't really need a reason to celebrate. But we came up with some anyways. There are all sorts of festivals and celebrations to partake in throughout the course of the year! 

Fishing

The 1,100+ lakes in Otter Tail County bring thousands of fishers to the area every year to angle for walleye, crappie, bass, northern, and sunfish. There is a fishing hole waiting for you! 

Golfing

Hit the links in the lakes area at one of our local courses. Whether you are looking for a challenge or a chuckle, these golf courses are the perfect activity during your lakes country getaway.  

Horseback Riding

Nothing is more peaceful than riding through scenic Otter Tail County on horseback. Saddle up and trail ride through the beautiful countryside along many lakes and rivers.  

Hunting

Whitetail deer are plentiful in the Perham Area and challenge hunters who have a taste for wild game. Ducks and geese populate our lakes and marshes, while ruffled grouse and other small game roam the countryside.  See Gene's Sport shop on Main St. in Perham for more info!

Ice Fishing

Fishing isn't just for summer. It's just as good in the winter! Ice fishing is the way to go in the colder months. Head out on the ice and try your hand at spearing or jigging. 

Museums

Every day, there is a history that surrounds us. Every building, location, and person has their own story. Here are a few of the organizations that are helping share the stories of our area. They are open for tours and visits - a perfect educational activity for any age! 

Parks & Recreation

The parks in our area are home to a number of different activities. From a skate park to a memorial, there is a spot waiting just for you. Relax or play - the choice is yours! 

Perham Trolley

The Perham Express has been retired, so it is only right that we continue our legacy with the Perham Trolley. The new Trolley took to the road in July of 2016! Hundreds of visitors are taken on a historic tour of Perham on our Trolley. Rides are available every Wednesday during Turtle Races. 

Skiing

On the water, downhill, or cross country, skiing is a great outdoor activity during the summer and winter seasons. Just minutes from many lakes, trails, and Detroit Mountain, your next skiing adventure is just waiting for you. 

Snowmobiling 

With hundreds of groomed trails throughout the area, there is always something to explore. Stop in along the way at a local bar or restaurant for food and beverages. Make tracks in the Perham area! 

Sunset

Catch the picturesque sunset as it disappears behind the beautiful vegetation among our many lakes. For you early risers, the sunrise is just as magnificent. 

Swimming

Is there anything more refreshing than taking a dip in the water on a hot day? Or in the middle of winter? Take a jump in one of our many lakes or head on over to the Perham Area Community Center to dive into the pool! 

Trapshooting

If hunting isn't your game but you still enjoy shooting, you are in luck. Perham offers one of the best ranges in the state. Fort Thunder Shooting Center has trap, skeet, 5 stand, duck tower, and sporting clays with gun rentals available. 

Turtle Races

Every Wednesday during the summer, a crowd gathers around a paved ring to race turtles. Seems silly, but it's been a way of life since the summer of 1978!! 

Water Activities

We are the closest thing you can get to an island without being classified as one. Whether you want to sit in the sand and enjoy the beach or cruise around the lake, our many lakes offer numerous water activities for everyone in the family. 

Waves of Discovery

The Waves of Discovery Mural is art to experience and explore. It was created with a medium of carved concrete with elements of agates, fossils, fused glass, and mosaics. Designed to encourage interaction among viewers, there are over 50 items hidden among the panels of the mural to seek and find.