Winter Travel in MinnesotaWith the mild winter that we are having there are many Minnesota Winter Activities to participate in. Don’t sit inside this winter, get out and explore.

Winter Activities in Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Grand Rapids is a great destination to take advantage of Minnesota Winter Activities. This  picturesque area has been a favorite of those planning MN family getaways for over 100 years. The area is known for its abundant outdoor recreation on its distinguished lakes and trails. Grand Rapids is close enough to be convenient, but far enough for a real escape.  An easy 3-hour or 180 mile drive from the Twin Cities, makes Grand Rapids the ideal destination location.

The Grand Rapids area offers a full range of overnight lodging options. Local lodging options include year round Minnesota resorts, comfortable yet elegant, full-service Grand Rapids hotels, economical motels, and quaint bed and breakfasts.

Once you’re here, and you’ve found your ideal lodging option, explore all of what Grand Rapids has to offer. From enjoying outdoors adventures in the natural scenic beauty, exploring history and preserved heritage, to a rich arts community, you are sure to have an experience to remember.

Cross Country Skiing in Grand RapidsMinnesota Winter Recreation

In the winter Minnesota offers lots of outdoor recreation to take advantage of. Don’t let the cold keep you away. In Grand Rapids we have a saying, “don’t sit inside all winter, get outside and experience Minnesota’s nature”. The Grand Rapids area offers countless opportunities for exciting outdoor winter adventures. The 1,000 Grand Lakes boasts world-famous Minnesota ice fishing and millions of acres of public land for cross country skiing, fat biking, snowmobiling and hiking. There are many other wonderful winter activities that await you in Minnesota’s nature.  Grand Rapids has downhill skiing, historic and cultural winter attraction locations to explore and live world class entertainment ti experience.

Snowmobiling Minnesota Trails

There are 22,000 miles of Minnesota snowmobile trails. Itasca County has over 1,000 of snowmobile trails, including the infamous Taconite Trail. Our snowmobile and cross country trails are some of the best groomed trails in the state. There are over 16 clubs and organizations that are responsible for maintaining the trails; most of which are volunteer run. This year, mother nature has not blessed us with the snow like we had last year, however, there are still plenty of trail recreation taking place. There is cross country skiing available on Itasca County Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club Trails and at Mt Itasca cross country ski trails.  Make sure to check out the Grand Rapids Trail Conditions  and the MN DNR Trail Conditions before heading out. Remember, when crossing area lakes and bogs to use caution and stay on the designated paths.

FHC Winter FestMinnesota Winter Attractions

You will find a lot of historic and cultural opportunities at Minnesota Attraction locations that are open year round.  At these attraction locations you will find both indoor and outdoor winter activity opportunities. Most of these are family friendly and provide a great escape to explore and learn. Grand Rapids is no different.  Some of our area attractions close during winter months, but many are open, but have limited hours that focus on weekends.  In Grand Rapids you will find “Into the Woods” activities at the Forest History Center; downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and snow tubing at Mt Itasca Winter Sports Center; and free museum and monthly historic and cultural exhibits at the Itasca County Historical Society.  To see complete activity schedule, check out Visit Grand Rapids Event Calendar.

Reif CenterLive Entertainment

Minnesota has a lot of live entertainment opportunities, Explore Minnesota Tourism is a great resource to find more about statewide listings. The Reif Center brings world class live entertainment to Grand Rapids. You will find a wide variety of performances from world known performer concerts to comedy acts and family friendly performances.  Several of The Reif Center winter performances are held on the weekend which gives a great winter weekend getaway opportunity. Come for the entertainment, stay for the abundance outdoor recreation.  Check out the Grand Rapids Theatre Packages.

 

There is so much to do and see in Minnesota this winter. Don’t sit inside!  Get out and escape, experience and explore!  For more information check out: Visit Grand Rapids and Explore Minnesota.  To speak to a Grand Rapids travel specialist contact them at 1-800-335-9740 or Explore Minnesota Travel Specialist at 1-888-VISITMN