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10 Reasons to Come to Grand Rapids, MN This Spring

A wide variety of outdoor recreation, arts and culture, live entertainment, and education and history opportunities are the reasons to come to Grand Rapids, MN this spring.  Whether you are looking for a week long getaway or a weekend excursion, consider Grand Rapids. 

Top 10 Reasons to Come to Grand Rapids This Spring:

1.     Lodging Options With A View

The Grand Rapids area offers a full range of overnight lodging options. You will find northern Minnesota Family Resorts, full-service Grand Rapids Hotels, charming Bed and Breakfasts, and Economical Motels. Relax and breathe easy are ready to meet your needs.  Grand Rapids offers a balance between a welcoming community and natural surroundings.  Sit back and enjoy the beauty.

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2.     Abundance of Outdoor Recreation

The Grand Rapids area offers countless opportunities for exciting outdoor adventures.  If golf is the name of your game, the Grand Rapids area provides four Minnesota golf courses offer 72 holes of championship play. There are a million of public accessible acres for hunting, hiking and ATV recreation.  The Grand Rapids area is known for their thousands of miles of trails for multi-use recreation.

3.     Fishing

Home to more than 1,000 Grand Lakes, the Grand Rapids area is a fishing mecca for anglers.  Even before the annual Minnesota opener, you can still catch your limit of fish.  Late ice fishing goes well into spring in the Grand Rapids area where you can find good angling action for crappie, panfish, bass and perch.  Minnesota opener is Saturday, May 10, 2014.  There are many public access locations where all you need is a pole, a few lures and bait.  The area’s Minnesota Family Resorts provide boat and motor rentals.  Come enjoy fishing in Minnesota’s fishing.

Statue in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Public Art

4.     Art

In Grand Rapids, the creative spirit is ignited by the incredible natural surroundings. Inspiration surges forth with each new discovery of the wonders of nature. The changing seasons provide an endlessly shifting palette of enlightening experience.  Check out the Artists in Residence on the third floor in the Old Central School.  Stop by the MacRostie Art Center to view their spring watercolor invitational exhibit in the Minnesota Gallery.  Walk through downtown Grand Rapids and view the public art walk.  A map and description of the art walk is available at the MacRostie Art Center, Old Central School and the Old Central School visitor information kiosks.

5.     Live Entertainment

The Grand Rapids area offers live entertainment, performances, and concerts on a regular basis.  You will find FREE Jazz nights every Wednesday at the VFW in Grand Rapids.  Every Friday and Saturday night you will find FREE live bands at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.  They both provide an inviting atmosphere where everyone feels welcome.  The Reif Center has a full spring line-up of live performances from one act plays to broad-way productions.  In April check out the Range Country Show that showcases local musicians.  Check out our Calendar of Events to see our robust entertainment schedule.

Artist Jim Kasper

Artist Jim Kasper

6.     Education

The Itasca Area Community Education offers a wide variety of educational classes from cooking to welding.  Enhance and enrich your life through some unique learning opportunities while visiting the area.  You will find all of these opportunities at where you can select and pay online.  There is something for all ages.

7.     History

Opportunities to weave some fascinating educational experiences into your vacation are a great way to create special memories. Grand Rapids has a rich history having originally been founded as a logging town on the Mississippi River.  Step back in time with a visit to the Forest History Center logging camp. Let the kids play in the Children’s Museum and while you are there tour the Judy Garland Museum with over 3,000 piece Wizard of Oz exhibit.  The Itasca County Historical provides a FREE museum of unique artifacts from a woolly mammoth tusk to exhibits to ordinary people exhibits.   Come experience the rich history in Grand Rapids…It’s in Minnesota’s nature.

Chippewa National Forest8.     Parks & Trails

Nature’s beauty awaits in the towering pines, diverse wetlands and pristine waters of the Chippewa National Forest. Established in 1908 and originally known as the Minnesota National Forest, the Chippewa National Forest encompasses about 1.8 million acres managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The forest is home to more than 720 lakes, 920 miles of streams and 150,000 acres of wetlands. Hike into the Joyce Estate and see a Chicago millionaire’s vast wilderness hideaway. The Lost 40 also awaits a majestic stand of old-growth white pine ignored by the lumber companies during the logging era. Take a drive up the Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway that is a scenic byway that runs 47 miles from Grand Rapids to Effie. There are several landmarks along the route as well as lakes, trails, unique shops and restaurants.  Come explore the beautiful wilderness in Minnesota’s nature.

9.     Shopping

In the Grand Rapids area you will find charming communities that have many unique specialty and antique shops. From home furnishings to antiques, you’ll find it all here. Shopping in the Grand Rapids area means you’ll find easy access to parking, a variety of treasures you won’t find at home, and small town friendly service.  Just what shopping on vacation is meant to be!

Grand Rapids Dining

Outdoor Dining Options

10.  Dining

Being out in the Grand Rapids north woods can definitely work up a healthy appetite. For a quick bite to eat or the opportunity to savor exquisite cuisine, choose one of many Grand Rapids eating establishments to satisfy that hard-earned hunger. Grand Rapids and the surrounding area offers a wide variety of eateries from charming bistros, to large banquet facilities, to the local place where all the locals go – and everything in between. Come experience the unique cuisine in Minnesota’s nature.

There are many more than 10 reasons to come to Grand Rapids this spring, but we wanted to just give you a small example of ideas to get you thinking about your spring getaway.  Whether you are looking for a fun family getaway or a romantic weekend for two, consider Grand Rapids, Minnesota.   For more information check out or contact us at 1-800-355-8740.