Head North This Spring
Welcome to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Below is a sample itinerary builder that helps you plan things to do and see while you are in town. Select how many hours you have while you are in town, and we will show you a variety of options. Enjoy your time in Minnesota’s Nature.
Select the amount of time you have while you are here and we will show you adventure activities to do in the Grand Rapids, MN area!
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Itasca Trail Sports
Looking to bicycle on the Mesabi Trail, on the City of Grand Rapdis biking and walking paths, or Mountain Bike at the Legion or other locations, Itasca Trail Sports has bicycle rentals available.
Address: 316 NE 4th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: (218) 326-1716
The Mesabi Trail is a 132-mile paved bicycle trail running from Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Ely, Minnesota. As of 2016, the trail is still under construction with approximately 55 miles of trail complete.
A Bike Pass is required to ride the Mesabi Trail, to purchase: http://www.mesabitrail.com/about/wheel-pass
Fat Tire Biking
Made for Minnesota's unique terrain, fat tire bikes have a rubber surface twice as wide as standard mountain bikes and a much lower, “squishy” tire pressure. This increased surface area allows better traction and keeps riders from sinking into the snow, mud or sand.
Enjoy strolling through our historic downtown business district for the best shops & boutiques, as well as the other antique, vintage and gift shops around Grand Rapids, MN.
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 to eat. From family friendly restaurants to a special night out for two; from coffee shops to drive-ins, Grand Rapids offers menus to suit every appetite. Come experience the unique cuisine of Minnesota’s nature.
Public Art Tour
Grand Rapids Public Art is a mapped walking tour of sculptures, murals, mosaics, and other artwork in downtown Grand Rapids.
There are 14 locations with art work displayed click here to see the map and description of the art work.
Parks and Forests
Get more information here
In the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area there are lots of Minnesota's nature to explore. From the Chippewa National Forest, George Washington State Forest, and two scenic byways - Great River Road and Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway (the oldest scenic byway in the state of Minnesota). You will find great places to camp, bike, hike, and ATV within these designated parks and forests.
Bovey “Prohibition Speakeasy” & Underground Escape Tunnel
Get more information on the Bovey “Prohibition Speakeasy” & Underground Escape Tunnel
The Reenactment of an underground Prohibition Speakeasy Bar & escape tunnel, as filmed in the Gems of Itasca Bovey Edition, is great place to take a step back in time, and experience yesteryear. The Underground attraction is OPEN to the public year round with the added appeal of the Huge Antique Mall& Full service Cafe within! The speakeasy room is available to lease for your next event or party.
Edge of The Wilderness Scenic Byway
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The Scenic Byway connects Grand Rapids and Effie, Minnesota on a 47 mile scenic drive that takes you through stunning landscapes of rolling hills and curves, around bogs, and many lake lookouts. You will find many trail access points to stop stretch your legs and explore in Minnesota’s nature.
First Friday Art Walk
For more information on First Friday Art Walk click here for our calendar of events
On the first Friday of every month Grand Rapids Arts and local businesses host First Friday. With artists in many of the downtown shops you get to experience creativity at its best.
Grand Rapids has a wide selection of lodging properties to choose from. You will find economical motels, conveniently located hotels, quaint B&B's, Minnesota Family Resorts, and lake homes to rent. Whether you are looking to rent a cabin for the week for the entire family and extended family, or you are looking for full amenities on site (fridge, microwave, swimming pool, bar/restaurant, golf, lake, etc) you will find it in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Then check out some of our great lodging properties here!
MacRostie Art Center
|Mon - Sat: 10:00am to 5:00pm
If you are looking to view some truly amazing Minnesota art, check out this free gallery that is open to the public. You can check out their art suitcase and create some of your own art while out in Minnesota's nature together.
Scenic State Park
State Park Self-Guided
Contact: Jordan Schaefer
56956 Scenic State Hwy 7
Bigfork, MN 56628
With its pristine lakes, virgin pines, swimming beach, and wilderness-like setting, Scenic State Park is well deserving of its name. Here, visitors can hike the Chase Point Trail for hypnotic views of Coon and Sandwick Lakes and listen to the wind whistle through the giant pines. The park's overnight facilities include campsites (boat-in, drive-in, backpack), and a cabin. The historic lodge houses interpretive displays.
The Lost Forty is a 40 acre track of tall white pine that was never cut. A great place to fat tire bike, cross country ski and snowshoe to experience 200 year old trees. Worth the drive!
Alvwood, Minnesota (between Marcell and Bigfork, Minnesota)
The Lost Forty is a 200 acre track of land that was never logged. The pine trees in this forest are over 200 years old. They are so large that it will take an entire family to connect arms together to fit around. Come discover this magical primitive area. There are porta restroom facilities and picnic areas at this location.
As you stroll through the grounds of the Joyce Estate imagine the roaring twenties, the time of prohibition and women's suffrage. Imagine how unusual it was in its day, an isolated 4,500 acre resort with 40 buildings including its own golf course, private telephone line and airplane hanger. Heir to the Joyce Family fortune originating in part from lumber taken from northern Minnesota via the Itasca Lumber Company, David Joyce of Chicago built the estate from 1917-1935. Due to excellent railway connections from Minneapolis and Chicago, and its scenic beauty, the Grand Rapids area became nationally known as a major resort area. The Joyce Family used it until 1972. Through its heritage and interpretive programs the Chippewa National Forest manages this site which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
Historic Central School Marketplace
The Central School was built in 1894 and architecture style was romanesque. There are several shops and a spa in the School. Hours vary - building is open for self-guided tours
10 NW 5th St
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Itasca County Historical Society & Museum
This area attraction has a FREE museum that highlights life throughout the year's in the Grand Rapids and Itasca County area. You will find things like a Judy Garland exhibit, Now and Then exhibit - what the area looked like 100 years ago and now, and a wooly mammoth tusk.
|Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fraternal Order of the Eagles (Live Music)
Live music every Friday and Saturday. On site bar/grill, and banquet room to serve large groups. Bingo every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon.
Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center
Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, Add new copy: Take the afternoon to drive and enjoy the 47-mile Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway that meanders from Grand Rapids, MN north to Effie, MN on Minnesota’s State Highway 38. The region is studded with lakes and thick with aspen, birch, pine and maple trees that pop with color in the fall season. The road winds around 36 lakes, and through state and national forest. The Chippewa National Forest is home to the largest population of bald eagles in the continental United States. Keep your eyes on the sky to see them soaring above the byway. White tailed deer also are known to graze in the fresh grasses along the side of the road. Make sure to plan a stop at the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center for their FREE naturalist programs (Thurs, Fri & Sat), and stop in at the visitor's center, gift shop and interpretive center with over 50 wildlife mounts on site.
|Wed-Sat: 8:00am – 4:00pm|
Itasca County Family YMCA
400 River Rd
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
There may be different activities happening at the YMCA. Hours are listed below but please call or visit our website for more information.
|Labor Day - Memorial Day
Mon-Fri: 5:00am - 10:00pm
Sat: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Sun: 11:30am – 6:00pm
Judy Garland And Children’s Museum
Come discover the Land of Oz & the birthplace of one of the greatest performers of all time at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.The Judy Garland Museum Collection includes her TV contract for the Wizard of Oz. Onsite is a 3,000 piece Wizard of Oz exhibit. Groups can get a special tour by contacting the museum prior to arrival.
The Children's Discovery Museum is one of the only children's museums located in a rural area in a town of fewer than 10,000 inhabitants anywhere in the nation. The CDM is one of only four children's museums in Minnesota, and one of only 400 in the nation. The CDM provides opportunities for children to learn about many different subjects through hands-on exhibits and experiences. NEW this Spring - Lake Life exhibit OPENS April 22.
Fri – Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Forest History Center
The Forest History Center is a historic environmental learning center that takes you back in time to the early 1900's in a logging camp in the middle of winter. Costume enterpreteurs will take you on a journey back in time. Ride the horse drawn carriage down to the logging village and enjoy their monthly "Into the Woods" events. Open Saturday's and Sunday's - special tour groups for large groups.
Contact: Jeffrey Johns
2906 County Rd 76 - Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Open - Monday-Sunday 10am-5p
Reif Center Events
The Reif Center has regular performances from September to May each year. They bring in world renowned performances from all over the country. You will be amazed at the level of entertainment that they bring to northern Minnesota. Check out our annual Theater Deals where you can save on both the ticket price and the overnight lodging when you bundle together: http://www.visitgrandrapids.com/theater-deals/
Get detail's on the latest performances, and other activities to do at the Reif Center.
Get the latest fishing information here
In the land of 10,000 lakes we have a great variety of fishing lakes for you to take advantage of. Whether you are looking for Walleye, Crappie, Northern, Bass or Pan Fish there is a lake for you.
The Visitor’s Guide Download
Looking for even more events and idea's for your next vacation, or free day? Look no further..
Our free Visitor's Guide contains an easy-to-read guide of the unique adventures in and near Grand Rapids, including some of the following:
- Recreational opportunities for all seasons
- Art & Cultural events
- and much more!
Experience the Head North Adventure
Spring comes in with the gentle beauty in Grand Rapids. Once the snow melts in mid-March to mid-April the grey landscape starts to show bright green buds on the trees and beautiful blossoms. The sun begins to gain strength and melts te area ponds, rivers and lakes. Come reconnect with nature…in Grand Rapids version of Minnesota’s nature.
There are lots of things to do, events to attend, unique shopping, and charming and rustic dining to check out. There is lots of outdoor recreation to enjoy from fat tire biking, river fishing, ATV/OHV riding, and hiking in the Chippewa National Forest.
There are many one of a kind unique events that you will not want to miss this Spring in the Grand Rapids area. Attraction sites like the Forest History Center, Edge of Wilderness Scenic Byway, Children’s Museum, IRA Civic Center, MacRostie Art Center, Reif Center, and the White Oak Rendezvous are hosting events in March and April that are family friendly. Some examples of these events are: Fat Tire Bike Race, Sled Dog Race, Art Walks, Art Classes (jewelry making, print making and pottery), Ice Fishing Contests, Pink Ribbon Snowmobile Rides, State PeeWee Hockey Tournament, Children’s First Expo, and Art Gallery Exhibits.
Come explore Grand Rapids, Minnesota this Spring where you will find your ideal balance in a community that blends small town charm and Minnesota’s nature well.