For students in Minnesota MEA weekend is undoubtedly the best weekend of fall (unless of course Halloween happens to fall on a Saturday, in which case free candy, costumes and face paint rises above all) to kids, teenagaers and college students alike, MEA weekend means four blissful days of fun and freedom that comes after a full month and a half of uninterrupted school routine. Don’t let this year’s prime fall vacation days fall by the wayside. Check out Grand Rapids for an educational family fall getaway that won’t soon be forgotten.
Grand Rapids has plenty to offer for a family of any age, interests and personality. Take a look at our list of the top things to do during MEA weekend in Grand Rapids this fall.
Judy Garland Museum
Visit the birthplace and early childhood home of renowned actress Judy Garland. Judy Garland was born and raised through her early childhood years before her rise to stardom near the heart of Grand Rapids Minnesota. Her childhood home and the largest collection of Judy Garland and Wizard of Oz artifacts are on display at the Judy Garland Museum for you to enjoy. Museum hours are 10 to 5 Fridays and Saturdays.
Children’s Discovery Museum
Bring the little ones out for an educational adventure they are sure to enjoy. The Children’s Discovery Museum offers a fun way to discover history, science, art and more. Jump into the Land of Oz and see over 3000 pieces from the original movie starring Judy Garland, Excavate dinosaurs and see life size replicas of dino skulls, Stimulate imagination with the Lake Life and Rivertown interactive exhibits and so much more.
Forest History Center
The Forest History Center in Grand Rapids, MN offers a chance to step back in time to a 1900s era logging camp. Discover how people lived and worked through guided tours. Climb to the top of a 100 foot fire tower, stand on the front porch of a Forest Service Patrolman’s cabin from the 1930s, board a floating cook shack and lose yourself in a different time.
The Reif Center is a local gem in Itasca County. They offer a wide range of performances ranging from classical dance and orchestra to expertly performed theater pieces as well as children’s performances. Come out over MEA weekend for a riveting performance of Arsenic and Old Lace by the Grand Rapids Players or submerge your soul in the powerful music of a master violinist, Gaelynn Lea. If an upbeat evening is more to your liking One Night in Memphis is a concert tribute to legendary rock artists.
Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center
The Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center located just outside Grand Rapids in Marcell, MN is a local visitor and environmental education center. Here you will find not only area information and a gift shop, the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center offers and environmental education room, outdoor amphitheater, wildlife-watching pier and and assortment of displays and exhibits for your enjoyment.
MEA Lodging Deals
We want to share our city’s treasures with you but know that there is just no way to experience all Grand Rapids has to offer in a single day. For this reason, Visit Grand Rapids has teamed up with some of the area’s top lodging facilities and Minnesota resorts to give you great deals on an MEA weekend vacation.
Don’t miss out on this fantastic chance to get away from the daily hustle and demands of school and work.Take this chance to break free of your routine and come see what Grand Rapids and Northern Minnesota has to offer.