Looking to plan a family vacation that everyone in your entire family will enjoy? In North Country, you’ll find recreational opportunities through every season. If you’re waiting to visit until Spring Break or Summer, we welcome you to experience the scenic beauty of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Spring and Summer Attractions

Experience the multitude of 1,000 lakes. Take a scenic hike on one of the 3000 trails. Attend a performance at the Mississippi Melodie Showboat. You’ll find it all here.


Fish season opens in early May and lasts into Fall. With over 1000 lakes in the area, you’ll find your choice of bass, perch, walleye, and crappie. Remember to keep an eye on the Fishing Report and the Lake Conditions.

The Trails

Hike along the Taconite State Trail, which runs for over 150 miles from Grand Rapids to Ely, Minnesota. It varies in terrain from paved, gravel, dirt, and grass. While hiking, you’ll spot a plethora of trees, including birches, pines, and aspens. Bring along a picnic lunch to snack on and enjoy the scenic countryside. The Mesabi Trail currently offers 115 paved trails, ideal for biking. In fact, every August, Grand Rapids hosts the Grand River Energy Mesabi Trail Bike Tour, providing not only recreation but entertainment and refreshments throughout the day.

Mississippi Melodie Showboat

ShowboatDo you remember the nostalgic days of watching a theatre boat roll in by the river and seeing different performances. Well now you can enjoy that experience with your family during the month of July as the showboat features song and dance and comedic performances.

The Judy Garland Museum

The museum features mementos from all of her famous movies, including treasured music boxes, a Judy Garland Rose, and a gold record of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” In June, the museum hosts the Wizard of Oz Festival, complete with unveiling new exhibits, an Oz Mystery Dinner Party, and an Emerald City Fest


As you plan family vacation, you’ll discover that Grand Rapids offers numerous resorts with scenic views of the forests and lakes. Each varies from small family owned resorts with log cabins to stunning 40-acre resorts with indoor salt water pools. Each resort also includes a variety of recreational amenities from kayak rentals to on-site fishing docks so plan your spring or summer vacation to Grand Rapids, Minnesota today.

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