Create special memories by weaving some fascinating education into your Grand Rapids vacation. Grand Rapids has a rich history having originally been founded as a logging town on the Mississippi River. Your family might enjoy visiting the Forest History Center were you will walk into a turn of the century logging camp, just as it was more than 100 years ago. Living history characters explain life in the 1900’s and invite questions or even participation in a task.

Children ages 3-7 will be delighted by the Children’s Museum, while “Wizard of Oz” fans will love the Judy Garland Museum. Judy Garland was born in Grand Rapids and should your vacation coincide with the Judy Garland Festival held annually in June, you’ll be in for a real treat! Visiting state and national parks nearby offer hundreds of chances to explore and learn about the natural environment; the plants, animals and the geology of the area.

Take in the rich history of the area. There is always something new to learn, to see or to do when you visit Grand Rapids.


Attraction Maps
Minnesota Great River Road
Phone: 651-341-4196
UPM Blandin Paper Mill Tours Contact: Tour Office
Address Corner of 2nd Avenue NW and 3rd Street NW Grand Rapids MN 55744 Phone: 218-327-6682
White Oak Fur Post Contact: Lisa Polchow
Address 33155 St Hwy 6 Deer River 56636 Phone: 218-246-9393
Children’s Discovery Museum Contact: John Kelsch
Address 2727 S Pokegama Ave Grand Rapids MN 55744 Phone: 218-326-1900
Forest History Center Contact: Jeff Johns
Address 2609 County Rd 76 Grand Rapids MN 55744 Phone: 218-327-4482
Itasca County Historical Society Contact: Lilah Crowe
Address 201 Pokegama Ave N Grand Rapids MN 55744 Phone: 218-326-6431
Hill Annex Mine Contact: Jordan Schaefer
Address 880 Gary St Calumet MN 55716 Phone: 218-743-3362
Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center Contact: Tim Johnson
Address 49554 St Hwy 38 Marcell MN 56657 Phone: 218-832-3161
Bovey “Prohibition Speakeasy” & Underground Escape Tunnel
Address Inside Annabella’s Antique Mall & Cafe 407 2nd St Bovey MN 55709 Phone: 218-245-2055
Itasca Area Community Education Contact: Melanie DeBay
Home 820 NW 1st Avenue Grand Rapids MN 55744 United States Phone: 218-327-5730
Judy Garland Museum Contact: John Kelsch
Address 2727 US Hwy 169 S Grand Rapids MN 55744 Toll Free: 800-664-5839

Additional Points of Interest

Minnesota Discovery Center (Formerly called IronWorld)
1005 Discovery Drive, Chisholm 800-372-6437