Multi Generational MN VacationSpecial memories are made by spending time with family on vacation. The adventures you get to experience together. The wonderful bonding opportunities. The funny campfire stories. The rainy day spent inside playing cards and reliving fond memories. We want to help you plan a multi generational vacation with your family.

Where to Start?

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First off, you need to decide who will be invited. Will this be the whole gang; Grandma, Grandpa, their children, and all of their children? Or are you looking for something a little smaller in scale? Maybe just Grandma, Grandpa, and one of their children and their family. Once you have determined the size of your vacationing family, then you can select lodging.  In Grand Rapids, Minnesota you will find a lot of lodging options to house you while you are on vacation in Minnesota’s Nature. The options range from economical Motels that are conveniently close to town and Hotels that offer full onsite amenities, quaint Bed and Breakfasts, open year round Minnesota Family Resorts, and Lake Home Rentals. Make your decision based on what amenities you are looking for. Are you wanting a place to stay with a pool, onsite restaurant and bar? Or are you looking for a place that can house you for a full week, where you can all be housed under one roof? Are you looking for a pool view or a lake view? Are you looking for a place to rest your head and be on the go during the day, or are you looking for a place that is the attraction?  Here is a link to the Grand Rapids Lodging Amenities sheet to help you narrow your decision. Doing a little research and asking questions to those that will be involved in the vacation will help make this planning process more easy.

Things To Do

Once you have secured lodging, now you can start considering your options for things to do while on vacation. Sure you and your family are basically looking for a little Rest and Relaxation and time to come together.  But, when you bring along all ages there will be advantages to be ready to answer the youngsters question of, “I’m bored, now what”.  Deciding where you stay will help determine the things to do – somewhat. If you stay in town you are conveniently located to shopping, dining, attractions, arts, history, etc. But just because you are staying at one of the area resorts, doesn’t mean that you aren’t conveniently located.  You are never too far away to enjoy things to do in Minnesota’s nature. Visit Grand Rapids has created an Visitor Itinerary Builder that is based on the amount of time you have while you are in the area.  Just simply select the time you have and up pops some boxes of things to do. From area attractions, local events, parks and trails, historic tours, spas, and scenic byways.  There is something for all ages and interests.  By taking a look at this prior to your arrival you will have an idea of what’s going on in the area on which days, and what hours area attractions and tours are open.  Just keep in mind that the time of year has an impact on what is open and the hours available. Consider things to do that may be a little out of the comfort zone. For instance, don’t be afraid to hike into the Lost Forty that is located within the Chippewa National Forest. Granted it is quite the drive in the car, but you will have a great view of Minnesota’s wildlife and beautiful scenery. You will be able to get up close and personal with 200-400 year old white and red pine trees that are 2-4 feet in diameter.  This area is known for a large bald eagle population.

For more information about the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area, you can download a Grand Rapids Visitor Guide and other resources that can assist you in planning your Minnesota multi-generational vacation.

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