fall family destinations in grand rapids mn

It’s the last day of August and the leaves are beginning to change in the northland near Grand Rapids, MN.  With the advent of another year of school for the kids, many families are looking for unique options for their fall family vacation destinations. Here are a few ideas for families who are ready to make a trip into the wilderness during the spectacular autumn.

The Family Hunting Destination

Avid hunters look forward to opening small game season in Itasca County. There are many prime habitats of aspen, alder brush, and clover along the trails and public lands. First, brush up on this year’s hunting & trapping regulations. Then, take your shotgun, bird dog, and fluorescent vest to head out for a great day of hunting in the deep forests surrounding the Grand Rapids area. There are many big and small game hunting opportunities in the area, as well as opportunities for incredible duck hunting.

The Family Shopping Expedition

Perhaps you are looking forward to a more unique, laid-back vacation that sticks around town. Begin a full day of vacation by taking the family to a coffee shop or café for a bite to eat. Then, head out to discover antiques, boutiques, and incredible craftsmanship along the streets of Grand Rapids.  The local businesses in the area take pride in their ability to offer hospitality, welcome, and quality products for you to enjoy.

The Family Explorer Destination

Whether you are in pursuit of wild game or not, there are many incredible hiking and ATV trail systems to explore in Itasca County. The Forest History Center offers a great place to begin, full of rich resources about the incredible beginnings of this region. When you have spent some time learning about and experiencing what life in Grand Rapids used to be like, it’s time to get ready to head out to the wilderness and experience the breathtaking scenery and quiet nature setting for yourself.

The Family Fall Fishing Trip

With over 1,000 lakes in Itasca county, those in search of fall fishing have their work cut out for them. There are many great bait & tackle shops and outfitters in the area with the equipment you need to get out on the water and pull in a good catch for dinner.  Many resort and lodging options are available on the lakes themselves, making it an easy trip to maximize the amount of time you can spend jigging for walleye. (Tip: Make reservations in advance to ensure that the resort of your choice will have rooms available during your fall family vacation.)

Take time to enjoy the many opportunities

The Grand Rapids area is full of attractions that appeal to a large variety of interests.  Whether you’re looking for an easy vacation to take little ones on or have adult children that you would like to spend time with, make Grand Rapids, MN your next fall family vacation destination.