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There is probably more to do in Grand Rapids than you realize. We have a wide variety of area attractions to consider. From art and culture to education and history. Grand Rapids is home to many talented artists. You can experience art throughout the Grand Rapids area in many ways; live performances, art galleries, monthly art walks, self-guided art tour, and attend many art events. You can be a part of history in Grand Rapids by stepping back in time and reliving history at one of our many historical attractions. These are both educational and historic tours. You will find that many of our attractions offer something for all ages. The attractions are well worth their drive.

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Forest History Center

Authentically Recreated History<...

Forest History Center

Authentically Recreated History

Contact: Jeff Johns
2609 County Rd 76
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-327-4482
Email: jeff.johns@mnhs.org

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Use your power of imagination to experience life as it was in 1900 at the Forest History Center.  Walk back in time to Northwoods #1, an authentically recreated white pine logging camp complete with cook shack, bunkhouse, blacksmith shop, office wanigan, filer’s shack and horse barn.  Stop and visit with the cook, clerk, bull cook, blacksmith and other lumberjacks who may be in camp.  Try your hand at sawing and pet the Percheron draft horses.

Wander down to the 1901 Mississippi River Wanigan, drop in on the 1934 Forest Service patrolman and get a bird’s eye view of the forests from atop the 100-foot fire tower.  Explore the visitor center’s interactive exhibits and browse the gift shop featuring items unique to northern Minnesota.  Stroll the nearly 5 miles of accessible trails that wind throughout the beautiful forests and along the river’s edge.  Call ahead for the special nature programs.

Visitor Center open with nature and logging camp tours available:

June 11 – Labor Day: Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Sundays and Mondays

Summer Admission Pricing(June 11-Labor Day):
$9 Adults; $7 Seniors, students and military personnel; $6 children age 6-17; Free for children under age 5
MN Historical Society members get free admission.

Winter Admission Pricing (September-June 8) :
$4 Adults; $3 Seniors, students and military personnel; $2.50 children age 6-17; Free for children under age 5


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Paddle Hoppers

Paddle Sport Store Rentals, Trip...

Paddle Hoppers

Paddle Sport Store Rentals, Trips, and Sales

Contact: Holli Busching
17 County Road 63
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-5853
Email: holli@PaddleHoppers.com

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Go Local, friendly, knowledgeable paddle shop offering stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), kayaks, canoes and paddling accessories to buy or rent. We also offer fun ½ day and day trips on the Mississippi river and day trips to a couple cool local lakes!

We carry: Northstar and We-no-nah Canoes. Delta, Jackson, Wilderness Systems, Perception and Current Design Kayaks. Pau Hana, Boardworks, Tahoe, C4Waterman, Lattitude 44, Glide and Loon Paddle Co. Stand-up Paddle Boards (SUPs).

Hours October-March

By Appointment

Our Vision: Passing on our passion for being outdoors, on the water, with family and friends.

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Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

Hwy 38 is a 47 mile scenic byway and the oldest in the state Runs from Grand Ra...

Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

Hwy 38 is a 47 mile scenic byway and the oldest in the state
Runs from Grand Rapids to Effie, Minnesota.

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Travel this spectacular, winding byway by many pristine lakes, forests, swamps, rolling hills, and other unique features. Outdoor recreation, interpretive sites, and other exciting opportunities await the traveler. During fall, the northwoods is adorned with the brilliant colors of red sugar maples, bronze oak trees and glowing.


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Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center

Landmark & Historical Place<...

Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center

Landmark & Historical Place

Contact: Tim Johnson
49554 St Hwy 38
Marcell MN, 56657
Phone: 218-832-3161
Email: nijpb@bigfork.net


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Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center Provides a variety of environmental education programs & events throughout the year. The EOWDC also has indoor interpretive displays, an interpretive trail, fishing pier, picnic area, CCC buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and more! Individuals, families, school groups, other groups are all welcome. Call 218-832-3161 for more information.


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Grand Rapids Visitors Center

Grand Rapids Visitor Center

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Grand Rapids Visitors Center

Grand Rapids Visitor Center

Phone: (218) 326-6619
Address: 1 NW 3rd St,
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

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The Grand Rapids Visitors Center is run by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. They provided a 24 hour section that can be accessed to visitors, and a manned area that is open year-round with seasonal hours.


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Minnesota Great River Road

Mississippi Headwaters

Minnesota Great River Road

Mississippi Headwaters

Phone: 651-341-4196

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The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River through ten states from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. It is one of the oldest, longest and most unique scenic byways in North America.  Minnesota’s Great River Road is a network of roadways offering a bounty of river experiences in a parkway setting.  It spans 565 miles, 20 counties, 43 communities, three tribal nations and six unique destination areas.  From the headwaters at Lake Itasca to the forests and lakes of the Grand Rapids area, Twin Cities metro attractions, and bluffs of southeast Minnesota - there’s something for everyone along the Mighty Mississippi.  Minnesota is home to 12 National Great River Road Interpretive Centers, designated for their remarkable Mississippi River stories.  These centers are great places to include in your great adventure.  The Forest History Center in Grand Rapids holds this distinction and tells important stories from the region. For more information on the Minnesota Great River Road, visit www.mnmississippiriver.com and for things to see and do along the route in all ten Mississippi River states visit www.experiencemississippiriver.com.  Enjoy the iconic journey!


Hill Annex Mine

1/2 Hour Historic Mining Tour

Hill Annex Mine

1/2 Hour Historic Mining Tour

Contact: Jordan Schaefer
880 Gary St
Calumet MN, 55719
Phone: 218-743-3362
Email: scenic.statepark@state.mn.us

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Hill Annex Mine State Park offers two different tours. Each runs 1.5 hours in length and is offered on Saturday, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.

Fossil Hunt:
Tour Time: 10:00 am
Hunt for fossils from the Cretaceous era and best of all you can keep what you find!

Historic Mine Tour:
Tour Times: 12:30 & 3:00 pm
Board a bus to trace the route miners took to get to work at the mine.

Go down in history with a tour of the Hill Annex Iron Mine. On the 1 1/2-hour open pit mine tour, visitors make a spectacular descent into mining's past. Learn about the mine operation, the people who worked here, and where they came from. Discover marine fossils in northern Minnesota. Get a sense of the mine's deep, rich history. Learn how this National Historic Site played an important role in state, national, and world history.Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!

Entrance to the park is on the north edge of Calumet along State Highway 169, halfway between Grand Rapids and Hibbing.


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Bovey “Prohibition Speakeasy” & Underground Escape Tunnel

Reenactment of an underground P...

Bovey “Prohibition Speakeasy” & Underground Escape Tunnel

Reenactment of an underground Prohibition Speakeasy Bar & escape tunnel

Inside Annabella’s Antique Mall & Cafe
407 2nd St
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-245-2055
Email: contact@brewedawakenings.biz

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Speakeasy & Escape Tunnel
The Reenactment of an underground Prohibition Speakeasy Bar & escape tunnel, as filmed in the Gems of Itasca Bovey Edition, is great place to take a step back in time, and experience yesteryear. The Underground attraction is OPEN to the public year round with the added appeal of the Huge Antique Mall & Full service Cafe within! The speakeasy room is available to lease for your next event or party. $75 for the room, & only $50 if you cater food. Call the cafe to reserve the room; 218-245-2233


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Children’s Discovery Museum

Fun Educational Family Museum

Children’s Discovery Museum

Fun Educational Family Museum

Contact: John Kelsch
2727 S Pokegama Ave
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-1900
Email: office@cdmkids.org

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Admission is $10 per person anyone ages 2 and up.  AAA and Military discount ~ $9.  Memberships are available.

 

Hours:

May 16th - September 30th, 10am - 5pm Daily

October 1st - May 15th, Fridays and Saturdays 10am - 5pm

Please visit our website for more information on special hours and activities

A place for children to discover, play, and learn. Our museum features many hands-on exhibits: Lake Life! complete with working stage, fishing boat and dock, as well as an obstacle coarse swamp and tree fort!, Riverview Water Table, Treesa~ the talking tree, KEVA Engineering Planks, Monthly scavenger hunts, River Town which hosts: a Doctors office, Fire Department, Animal Clinic, Bakery, Music Department, dress-up room, and much more.   We also have a tot park and maze for younger guests. Don't forget to stop and dig for some dinosaurs! On your way out check out the museum store for children’s gifts.

Included in your admission is access to three attractions Judy Garland's Birth home and Gallery, and an exhibit of over 200 classic fairytale dolls donated by artist Faith Wick, and the Children's Discovery Museum.

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Wannigan Display

Copper-colored Statue

Locat...

Wannigan Display

Copper-colored Statue

Located at: Cedar Street Bigfork MN


A life-size copper-colored statue of a logger stands on a log that appears to be afloat on the grass.

 


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Central School Marketplace

Historical Landmark and Shops

10 NW 5th St, ...

Central School Marketplace

Historical Landmark and Shops

10 NW 5th St,
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Phone: (218) 326-9607


The school is no longer, but inside remains charming boutique style shops and visitor information. Come inside and do a self-guided tour. Make sure to head up to the 3rd floor to view local art and talk with the artist in residency.


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Edge of The Wilderness Scenic Byway

The Scenic Byway connects Grand Rapids and Effie, Minnesota on a 47 mile scenic ...

Edge of The Wilderness Scenic Byway

The Scenic Byway connects Grand Rapids and Effie, Minnesota on a 47 mile scenic drive that takes you through stunning landscapes of rolling hills and curves, around bogs, and many lake lookouts. You will find many trail access points to stop stretch your legs and explore in Minnesota’s nature.

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Itasca County Historical Society

Family Museum History of Itasca ...

Itasca County Historical Society

Family Museum History of Itasca County

201 Pokegama Ave N
Grand Rapids MN, 55744

Phone: (218) 326-6431


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While visiting our museum you will be delighted by this whimsical, nostalgic look at our towns and neighborhoods. Pictures and artifacts will tell the story of locations throughout Itasca County.


Scenic State Park

Beautiful Walking Trails, Campin...

Scenic State Park

Beautiful Walking Trails, Camping, and Swimming

Contact: Jordan Schaefer
56956 Scenic Hwy 7
Bigfork MN, 56628
Phone: 218-743-3362
Email: scenic.statepark@state.mn.us

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Programs
Scenic State Park will be hosting naturalist programs throughout the summer in partnership with the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center.  Scenic State Park staff and volunteers will also be providing Archery in the Park and Youth Fishing events throughout the summer.  For more details and a schedule of programs please contact Scenic State Park at 218-743-3362 or by e-mailing scenic.statepark@state.mn.us.


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Central School Marketplace

Historical Landmark and Shops

10 NW 5th St, ...

Central School Marketplace

Historical Landmark and Shops

10 NW 5th St,
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Phone: (218) 326-9607


The school is no longer, but inside remains charming boutique style shops and visitor information. Come inside and do a self-guided tour. Make sure to head up to the 3rd floor to view local art and talk with the artist in residency.


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Brewed Awakenings Coffeehouse

A café where you can eat every ...

Brewed Awakenings Coffeehouse

A café where you can eat every day and be Healthy

Contact: Mike & Jenny Erickson
24 NE 4th Street
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-327-1088
Email: mike@brewedawakenings.com

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Brewed Awakenings’ specialties are: Vegetarian soups made from the most local, fresh, organic ingredients available and Gelato (Italian Ice Cream) made in house weekly, with 12 flavors in the case at all times! Vegetarian and Gluten-free choices for entrees and snacks.

Visit them for Happy Hour daily from 5 pm- 6pm

  • Free cup of soup with the purchase of a sandwich
  • $1 off coffee or tea
  • Free scoop of gelato with purchases over $20

Business Hours:
Mon – Sat. 6:30am to 6:30pm
Sunday 8am-4pm


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Itasca County YMCA

400 River Rd, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 ...

Itasca County YMCA

400 River Rd,
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Phone: (218) 327-1161

Website: http://ymcaitasca.org/


Winter Hours:
Labor Day - Memorial Day
M-F 5am - 10pm
Sat. 7am - 7pm
Sun. 10:00am - 6pm

The Itasca County YMCA is a health and wellness center that is connected with Elder Circle and a childcare program. Day passes are available at the customer service desk. After your workout you will want to stop into Bixby’s café for a bite to eat or a beverage.


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Grand Rapids Farmers Market

Local Farmer's Market

11 Go...

Grand Rapids Farmers Market

Local Farmer's Market

11 Golf Course Rd
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

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Local farmer’s market featuring locally grown fruits, vegetables and fresh farm products from growers within 50 miles of Grand Rapids.   Fresh farm-raised meats, syrups, honey, vegetables and produce, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, jams & jellies, and handcrafted items.  Open every Wednesday and Saturday from May 3rd and continuing into October with seasonal items.  Hours: 8am – 1pm (unless sold out); come early for best selection.


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Mount Itasca

Winter Activities in Coleraine

Mount Itasca

Winter Activities in Coleraine

Phone: (218) 245-3487
Address: 200 Mt Itasca Dr,
Coleraine, MN 55722

 

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Hills and trails open year-round for hiking and biking. Glorious fall colors! Snow guns fire up in November! By early December Pisten Bully grooming for cross-country skiing, biathlon, Alpine skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping and tubing. Three lifts and main chalet open with concessions and equipment rental.

Instruction, coaching, games, skills drills, racing and competition offered for all ages and abilities. “Flying Children” ski jump off the 10- and 20-meter hills. Advanced jumpers are spectacular in flight off the 40- and 70-meter jumps.

Panoramic views from inside the chalet.


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MacRostie Art Center

FREE Gallery, Private Group Clas...

MacRostie Art Center

FREE Gallery, Private Group Classes

Contact: Katie Marshall
405 NW 1st Ave
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-2697
Email: info@macrostieartcenter.org

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MacRostie Art Center is a nonprofit art center with free admission to monthly exhibits, ongoing classes and workshops for youth and adults, and an Art Shop featuring local handmade art including jewelry, pottery, paintings, woodworking, wearables, and more.

Open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.


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Reif Performing Arts Center

Stimulating Arts in Northern Min...

Reif Performing Arts Center

Stimulating Arts in Northern Minnesota

Contact: Carissa Grosland
720 NW Conifer Drive
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-327-5780
Email: boxoffice@reifcenter.org

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The Reif Performing Arts Center is a multi-theater venue which hosts national and international touring performances of all genres: country music artists, rock tributes, chamber ensembles, dance companies, musical theater, children’s theater, comedy, etc. It is also the home to great local music, theater and dance performances. Find upcoming events at reifcenter.org.

Tickets are available at the Reif Center Box Office, by phone (218) 327-5780 or online at reifcenter.org. They are also available at Marketplace Foods in Downtown Grand Rapids.

Box Office Open: M-F, 8:30am-5:00pm


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Edge Center for the Arts

To enhance the Edge of the Wilderness by providin...

Edge Center for the Arts

To enhance the Edge of the Wilderness by providing a welcoming and well-managed space, where shared art experiences build community.

101 Second Ave
Bigfork MN, 56628
Phone: 218-743-6670
Email: info@the-edge-center.org

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The Edge Center for the Arts features Continental seating for 283 patrons, proscenium stage and professional lighting, sound mixing booth, box office, and upright and grand pianos.

The Edge Gallery is open free of charge May through December on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10-4p and during performances only in the winter months. The Gallery features a rotating exhibit of works from local and regional artists.


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