mea weekend family trip minnesota

 

Families throughout Minnesota are gaining excitement for this year’s MEA Weekend.  On October 15-16, families throughout Minnesota will be enjoying the annual mid-season break.  Here are a few ideas to begin your MEA weekend getaway trip planning.

Where to go?

We might be a bit biased, but Grand Rapids continues to hold a spot among the most beloved travel destinations in Minnesota. With a rich heritage and numerous events that cater to all ages and interests, most people wrap up their visit wondering “when can I come back?”

Places to See:

Forest History Center

Open on the weekends. THis place is just great. If you haven’t made a trip out here yet this year, be sure to take the kids over MEA weekend.  It provides yet another opportunity to experience something new as a family and learn about the rich history of Itasca County.

The Gilbert Mansion

This beautiful, historic home was built in 1904 and is open to the public for tours.  Learn about 17 different rooms of the mansion located within the city limits of Grand Rapids and discover the pomp and circumstance of early wealthy families.

Open for group tours by appointment only. Call to reserve: 218-244-3309

Cowhorn Crossing

Making a special commitment to stay open to the public over MEA weekend this year, this great place specializes in group tours, parties, and other events. From hayrides to corn mazes, petting zoos and pumpkin patches, this is one place you will not want to miss!

Events You Can’t Miss:

Here are just a few of the many events that take place in Grand Rapids in the month of October, during MEA weekend.  For a full list, please refer to our Events Calendar.

Things that Go BUMP in the Night in the Northwoods!
Oct. 16

At the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center in Marcell, MN, this event runs from 5:30-7:30pm on Friday, teaching attendees about the many nocturnal critters that reside in Minnesota’s wilderness. Be sure to dress for the weather – some of the presentation will take place out of doors.

Minnesota Star Watch
Oct. 16

This lovely event takes place at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Coleraine.  Participants arrive with lawn chairs and good company to listen to a local meteorologist, Mike Lynch, teach about the rich and beautiful realm of the night sky.  Be sure to register ahead of time online, or call the Greenway Community Ed office: 218-245-6232.

Grand Rapids Farmer’s Market
Oct. 17

From 8am to 1pm, gather at the local farmer’s market, right next to Glen’s Army Navy in Grand Rapids.  Support the endeavors of local farmers and shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, jams – and more!

Stay Warm – and Enjoy Your Vacation!

Wherever you decide to go on your MEA vacation, the most important thing to remember is to stop & enjoy the moment.  Fall is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and bask in the simple joys of Minnesota living.