Family on DockWe all know family travel can be a bit chaotic, so we have put together some fun Family Travel in Minnesota tips to help you stay sane and enjoy the ride.

Planning Your Minnesota Vacation

VisitorGuide_smallPlanning family vacations can be overwhelming at first. Where to go, what do you want to do, what to you want to see, what is your budget?  So overwhelming because there are SO many travel options today.

First, start with some travel resource sites.  Explore Minnesota Tourism has a great site that can help you get started.  They offer a user friendly website where you can search for places to visit, places to stay, things to do, and of course we cannot forget about places to dine.

Food has become a large part of our trip planning. You will want to check out our Family Friendly Dining guide.  Most Minnesota communities have websites to help visitors see what there is to see and do. is another user friendly Minnesota travel destination website that allows the visitor to get a glimpse into places to stay, shop and dine, and things to see and do.


Packing Tips


Man packing the carPacking for an entire family can seem like you will need everything but the kitchen sink. First, contact the lodging property that you have booked with to see what they provide. Depending on where you are staying you may not need the kitchen sink. Minnesota weather can change several times throughout the course of a day, so plan for cooler temperatures in the morning and potential for rain.

All Visit Grand Rapids lodging properties have WiFi, just make sure to not forget the charging cords for each electronic device you are bringing. Making a list and checking it twice is always helpful in keeping you organized. If you check items off once they are packed you will know you are covered on the important things, like underwear and batteries for the camera.

The nice thing about traveling to places like Grand Rapids, Minnesota, is there are stores for the things you forgot.  From the locally owned stores to the big box stores in Grand Rapids you will find what you need.

Keeping the Kids Occupied In The Car

Car DVD PlayerWe all remember when we were little and taking a family drive trip was almost a task, and not as fun as it is today because of the amenities and resources that are available today. Back then, Mom and Dad would load up all the kids into the station wagon, no air conditioning and the kids would play “Alphabet Bingo” or “I Spy” to entertain themselves to pass the time.

Today, kids have all types of electronics and other technology resources to occupy the drive time to our vacation destinations.  Just remember to pack extra battery packs, and charging cords. An investment into a mobile AC/DC adapter allows you to convert standard wall plug in electronics to run electricity off of your vehicle battery.

If you are looking for unplugged creative ideas to help occupy the kids time while traveling check out Parents Magazine Travel Activities. Creating your travel route via Google Map is fun for the kids to chart the path, and Google may make recommendations along the way of eateries, art/culture attraction sites along the way.

Visit Grand Rapids travel specialists can assist you in planning your Minnesota Family Vacation.  You can contact them Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm (central time) at 1-800-355-9740 or you can upload the Visit Grand Rapids Visitor Guide.  The interactive guide allows you to click on titles, and hyperlinked keywords to further search places to see, and things to do, see, shop and eat.