This time of year starts the Spring Break getaways, here are some Things To Do Over Spring Break in the Grand Rapids area. Come enjoy full service hotels and motels that offer indoor water fun, family friendly resorts where you have the place all to yourself, and quaint bed and breakfasts where you will feel right at home. Grand Rapids has a wide variety of things to do from lots of indoor recreation sites to the abundance of outdoor lakes and trails.
Indoor Waterparks are always a hit with kids. During Spring Break check out Timberlake Lodge Hotel in Grand Rapids. Timberlake’s Grand Splash® Waterpark is an oasis for young and young-at-heart guests. Enjoy an intimate gathering in our jumbo hot tub by the waterfall or a giggly visit with grandkids who love our Lily the Frog slide. Several Grand Rapids area Hotels have year round pools. Check out the AmericInn of Grand Rapids’ , the Sawmill Inn , Country Inn & Suites and the White Oak Inn & Suites. Each of these properties provided welcoming guest service, free wifi, and close or onsite restaurant service.
In the Spring time of the year, there are many open area Attractions within minutes of downtown Grand Rapids:
The Forest History Center offers “Into the Woods” programming each weekend. These are historic educational opportunities to learn and have fun in the forest. They have an on-site interpretive center that is self guided tour of the impacts of forestry in Minnesota. Fun and interactive stations that kids all of ages will enjoy. They are open Sept-May Friday’s and Saturday’s 10am-4pm. Admission is $9/adult, $7/senior and college student, $6/students and 5 and under and Minnesota History Society are FREE.
The Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway is a FREE 47 mile scenic drive that includes many notable landmarks. There are 14 landmarks where you can discover hidden natural and cultural history of northern Minnesota. Twelve of the discovery sites have parking for you to take a fresh look at the scenery and interesting sites. Drive up to the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center and talk with one of their volunteers that can give you a guided tour of the animal mounts and tell you about some of the Hwy 38 fun facts. Along the route you will find unique dining and shopping. Download a Scenic Byway drive map.
The Judy Garland Museum and Children’s Discovery Museum are conveniently connected together on the south end of Grand Rapids. The Judy Garland Museum includes a restored childhood home of Judy Garland , a 3,000 piece Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland memorabilia. The Children’s Museum is a place for children to discover and learn, features all hands-on exhibits: GeoZoooom!, Riverview Water Table, Treesa, the talking tree, Junior Achievement Exchange City, River Forest & Camp, tot park maze & dinosaurs, and a museum store for children’s gifts. The Judy Garland Museum and the Children’s Discovery Museum are open through March 31st Friday’s and Saturday’s 10am-5pm and starting on April 1st they are open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm. The cost of the Judy Garland museum is $7/person and the cost of the Children’s Discovery Museum is $7/person (annual memberships are available).
Thunder Alley XL is an indoor family entertainment center that has an arcade, bowling alley, and bar/grille all under one roof. This newly remodeled facility offers hours of indoor family fun. They are open daily! A great place to check out any day of the week and any type of weather.
Mann’s Cinema offers eight theatres to view the new release films on the big screen. They are open daily year round, and offer matinees to fit into any schedule. On Tuesday’s they offer a $5 special and free 46 oz popcorn with purchase of a fountain drink.
The Itasca County Historical Society has a FREE museum where you can enjoy a self guided tour of the culture and history of Itasca County. See the wooly mammoth tusk found 3 miles out of town, the picture GRACE, the Harper Boat factory, the Itasca County CCC Camps, and many more. The 2015 Ordinary People exhibit feature Itasca Artists: Jackie Dingmann, Gene Lysaker and Terry Maciej.
In the Grand Rapids area we are known for our thousands of miles of groomed trails. Whether you are into the silent sports like cross country skiing or snowshoeing, or maybe you prefer motorized fun of the snowmobile we have a trail for you. The Taconite Trail connects Grand Rapids to Ely. If you don’t have equipment, don’t worry we have rental facilities that will get you all hooked up.
Mt Itasca Winter Sports Center provides downhill skiing and snowboarding hills, cross country trails, and snow tubing. They have onsite rentals in the event you do not have equipment with you. This will provide hours of family fun! The hours are based on the snow and weather conditions, but typically they are open weekends Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 11am-5pm. Downhill Skiing rates start at $21 for a half day and $25 for a full day. Cross Country Skiing is based on the trails that you ski on starting at $6/person. Snow Tubing is $15 for 2 hours.
Itasca County has over 1,000 grand lakes that provide lots of ice fishing opportunities. From Feb 22-opening fishing you can still find lots of hours on the ice fishing for crappies, toolibies, perch, and other small sport fish. If you do not have the equipment, don’t worry there are area guides to help you.
Where to Stay
The Grand Rapids area has many places to stay while you are in town discovery things to do on spring break. From conveniently located hotels with all the amenities and economical motels, quaint Bed & Breakfasts and year round family resorts. There is something for everyone and every price point. A spring break getaway to Grand Rapids can be as laid back as you make it. You can download the Grand Rapids Visitor Guide or call to request one to be mailed to you. Or chat with a travel specialist at 1-800-335-9740.