Hockey is part of Minnesota’s heritage and we are proud in Grand Rapids, MN to host youth hockey tournaments from mid November to beginning of March each year. We want to welcome all hockey families to play hockey, and enjoy everything our version of Minnesota’s nature has to offer.
Thousands of people Head North to Grand Rapids in the winter season to watch youth hockey. From the check in at the lodging property to the check in at the hockey arena, Visit Grand Rapids wants to show you the other things that you can do and see while you are here. There is so much more than just the drive between the lodging property and the arena, with maybe a stop at a fast food restaurant to grab a meal on the go.
Make a family weekend out of the hockey tournament. Visit Grand Rapids created a landing page that is designated to find “Winter Things To Do”. Once you are on the site, you select the amount of time you have while you are in town. Based on the amount of time you have will populate what there is to do. You will find everything from area attractions to outdoor recreation options.
“We want all visitors of the Grand Rapids, MN area to feel welcomed and invited. We love sharing all of the options with people. Most people have no idea that there is so many things to do in the area, especially in the winter, shares Megan Christianson, Executive Director, Visit Grand Rapids. You will find both indoor and outdoor things to do.”
Grand Rapids, Minnesota is in the middle of the Minnesota’s northwoods. Enjoy numerous outdoor recreation opportunities on our thousands of miles of groomed trails and our one thousand area lakes. You will find cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and snow tubing at Mt Itasca. Snowshoeing, Fat Tire Biking and sleigh rides at the Forest History Center. Snowmobiling on the over 2,000 miles of groomed trails including the famous Taconite Trail. Then there is ice fishing. This year we have a couple of ice fishing guides that have all the equipment, and heated ice houses where you can catch your limit and then head back to catch the next hockey tournament game. Whatever outdoor recreation you are looking for, we have it here in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
You will also find many indoor attractions, like Judy Garland Museum, Children’s Museum, Forest History Center, and the Itasca Historical Society. We also have arts and culture as well. The Reif Performing Arts Center brings world renowned entertainment to the northwoods. Check out their schedule to see if there is a performance that would align with a tournament weekend. The MacRostie Arts Center has a free gallery and locally created art for sale. And then we unique shops and shopping centers including the Historic Central School Marketplace, Central School and Pokegama Plaza. And what would a vacation be without dining. Our rustic and charming restaurants are where all the locals dine. They offer specialty dishes like wild rice soup, hot popovers,warm loaves of bread, and all you can eat bluegills.
Hockey Families we want you to feel welcome while you here for youth tournament games. Don’t forget to ask for your welcome backpacks at the arena that include a Grand Rapids Visitor Guide, Winter Things To Do flyer, area business coupons and giveaways.