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Head North This Winter

Winter is a wonderful time of year. Don’t hibernate, Head North and make your own adventure.

Select the amount of time you have while you are here and we will show you adventure activities to do in the Grand Rapids, MN area!

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Mt. Itasca

Get the family together from beginners to competitive skiers, and enjoy a day of...

Mt. Itasca

Get the family together from beginners to competitive skiers, and enjoy a day of snow at Mt. Itasca! Only minutes away from Grand Rapids, it is a sure fire way to get everyone out to enjoy the crisp beautiful Minnesota snow.

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Dog Sledding

Experience an unforgettable dog sledding experience just north of Grand Rapids a...

Dog Sledding

Experience an unforgettable dog sledding experience just north of Grand Rapids at Suomi Hills Kennels. Joel Kersting welcomes you. Great option for groups:

Suomi Hills Kennels
(218) 244-1265
Owner: Joel kersting
Address: 60587 Osprey Ave
Swatara, MN 55785
http://www.sleddogmn.com/

Skiing

You will find 240 KM of groomed cross country ski trails, downhill skiing, and s...

Skiing

You will find 240 KM of groomed cross country ski trails, downhill skiing, and snowtubing in the Grand Rapids, MN area. Enjoy one of the 22 cross country ski trails that offer beginner to expert level skiing. Also, check out Mount Itasca Winter Sports Center for all things winter outdoor sports. Great option for groups.

 

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Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling

Click here to get more Information about Snowmobiling

Grand Rapids is home to the famous state Taconite Trail. We have over 2,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails to enjoy. To ride the trails you must have a Minnesota Snowmobile Registration  for more information:

 

Night Life

Are you looking for something to do in the later parts of the night? Look no fur...

Night Life

Are you looking for something to do in the later parts of the night? Look no further than Grand Rapids, where the night life is hopping!

 

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Fishing

In the land of 10,000 lakes we have a great variety of fishing lakes for you to ...

Fishing

In the land of 10,000 lakes we have a great variety of fishing lakes for you to take advantage of. Whether you are looking for Walleye, Crappie, Northern, Bass or Pan Fish there is a lake for you.

Get the latest fishing information here

To hire a Professional Fishing Guide
Tom Neustrom: www.mnfishingconnections.com
218-259-2628

Ice Fishing

Find helpful information for Ice Fishing Below, and check out the Guides that ar...

Ice Fishing

Find helpful information for Ice Fishing Below, and check out the Guides that are available in the area.
Get the latest Ice Fishing Information Here

In the land of 10,000 lakes we have a great variety of fishing lakes for you to take advantage of. Whether you are looking for Walleye, Crappie, Northern, Bass or Pan Fish there is a lake for you.

For Guide Service Services:

Visit Our Ice Fishing Page

Reif Center Events

The Reif Center has regular performances from September to May each year. They bring in world renowned performances from all over the country. You will be amazed at the level of entertainment that they bring to northern Minnesota. Check out our annual Theater Deals where you can save on both the ticket price and the overnight lodging when you bundle together: https://www.visitgrandrapids.com/theater-deals/

218-327-5780
www.reifcenter.org
Get detail's on the latest performances, and other activities to do at the Reif Center.

Forest History Center

The Forest History Center is a historic environmental learning center that takes...

Forest History Center

The Forest History Center is a historic environmental learning center that takes you back in time to the early 1900's in a logging camp in the middle of winter. Costume enterpreteurs will take you on a journey back in time. Ride the horse drawn carriage down to the logging village and enjoy their monthly "Into the Woods" events. Open Saturday's and Sunday's - special tour groups for large groups.

Contact: Jeffrey Johns
2906 County Rd 76 - Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218-327-4482
Email: jeff.johs@mnhs.org
Website: sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/forest-history-center

Hours
Open - Monday-Sunday 10am-5p


Judy Garland And Children’s Museum

Private Tours/ Open to the public 2727 S Pokegama Ave Grand Rapids, MN 55744 ...

Judy Garland And Children’s Museum

Private Tours/ Open to the public
2727 S Pokegama Ave
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218-327-9276
Website: www.judygarlandmuseum.com
http://www.cdmkids.org/

Come discover the Land of Oz & the birthplace of one of the greatest performers of all time at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.The Judy Garland Museum Collection includes her TV contract for the Wizard of Oz. Onsite is a 3,000 piece Wizard of Oz exhibit. Groups can get a special tour by contacting the museum prior to arrival.

The Children's Discovery Museum is one of the only children's museums located in a rural area in a town of fewer than 10,000 inhabitants anywhere in the nation. The CDM is one of only four children's museums in Minnesota, and one of only 400 in the nation. The CDM provides opportunities for children to learn about many different subjects through hands-on exhibits and experiences. NEW this Spring - Lake Life exhibit OPENS April 22.

Hours
October-May
Fri – Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Movie Theater

Movie Theater Manns Cinema 8 113 SE 21st St Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Movie Theater

Movie Theater
Manns Cinema 8
113 SE 21st St
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-326-5440

Mann Theater

YMCA

Gym Itasca County Family YMCA 400 River Rd Grand Rapids, MN 55744 218-327-11...

YMCA

Gym
Itasca County Family YMCA
400 River Rd
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218-327-1161
Website: http://ymcaitasca.org/

There may be different activities happening at the YMCA. Hours are listed below but please call or visit our website for more information.

Hours
Labor Day - Memorial Day
Mon-Fri: 5:00am - 10:00pm
Sat: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Sun: 11:30am – 6:00pm

Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center

Naturalist/educational programs Contact: Tim Johnson 49554 St Hwy 38 Marcell,...

Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center

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

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Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, Add new copy: Take the afternoon to drive and enjoy the 47-mile Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway that meanders from Grand Rapids, MN north to Effie, MN on Minnesota’s State Highway 38. The region is studded with lakes and thick with aspen, birch, pine and maple trees that pop with color in the fall season. The road winds around 36 lakes, and through state and national forest. The Chippewa National Forest is home to the largest population of bald eagles in the continental United States. Keep your eyes on the sky to see them soaring above the byway. White tailed deer also are known to graze in the fresh grasses along the side of the road. Make sure to plan a stop at the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center for their FREE naturalist programs (Thurs, Fri & Sat), and stop in at the visitor's center, gift shop and interpretive center with over 50 wildlife mounts on site.

Hours
Wed-Sat: 8:00am – 4:00pm

 

Fraternal Order of the Eagles (Live Music)

Rapids Aerie #2469 1776 S Pokegama Ave Grand Rapids, MN 55744 218-326-4845 (l...

Fraternal Order of the Eagles (Live Music)

Rapids Aerie #2469
1776 S Pokegama Ave
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218-326-4845 (leave message)
Website: minnesotaeagles.com/gr

Live music every Friday and Saturday. On site bar/grill, and banquet room to serve large groups. Bingo every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Itasca County Historical Society & Museum

Museum Tours and Step-on Guides Contact: Lilah Crowe 201 S Pokegama Ave Grand...

Itasca County Historical Society & Museum

Museum Tours and Step-on Guides
Contact: Lilah Crowe
201 S Pokegama Ave
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218-326-6431
Email: ichs@paulbunyan.net
Website: itascahistorical.org

This area attraction has a FREE museum that highlights life throughout the year's in the Grand Rapids and Itasca County area. You will find things like a Judy Garland exhibit, Now and Then exhibit - what the area looked like 100 years ago and now, and a wooly mammoth tusk.

Hours
Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Historic Central School Marketplace

The Central School was built in 1894 and architecture style was romanesque. Ther...

Historic Central School Marketplace

The Central School was built in 1894 and architecture style was romanesque. There are several shops and a spa in the School. Hours vary - building is open for self-guided tours

10 NW 5th St
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Store Hours
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 10am-4pm

Joyce Estate

As you stroll through the grounds of the Joyce Estate imagine the roaring twenti...

Joyce Estate

As you stroll through the grounds of the Joyce Estate imagine the roaring twenties, the time of prohibition and women's suffrage. Imagine how unusual it was in its day, an isolated 4,500 acre resort with 40 buildings including its own golf course, private telephone line and airplane hanger. Heir to the Joyce Family fortune originating in part from lumber taken from northern Minnesota via the Itasca Lumber Company, David Joyce of Chicago built the estate from 1917-1935. Due to excellent railway connections from Minneapolis and Chicago, and its scenic beauty, the Grand Rapids area became nationally known as a major resort area. The Joyce Family used it until 1972. Through its heritage and interpretive programs the Chippewa National Forest manages this site which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

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Lost 40

The Lost Forty is a 40 acre track of tall white pine that was never cut. A great...

Lost 40

The Lost Forty is a 40 acre track of tall white pine that was never cut. A great place to fat tire bike, cross country ski and snowshoe to experience 200 year old trees. Worth the drive!

Alvwood, Minnesota (between Marcell and Bigfork, Minnesota)
The Lost Forty is a 200 acre track of land that was never logged. The pine trees in this forest are over 200 years old. They are so large that it will take an entire family to connect arms together to fit around. Come discover this magical primitive area. There are porta restroom facilities and picnic areas at this location.

Website: More Information Here
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Scenic State Park

State Park Self-Guided Contact: Jordan Schaefer 56956 Scenic State Hwy 7 Bigf...

Scenic State Park

State Park Self-Guided
Contact: Jordan Schaefer
56956 Scenic State Hwy 7
Bigfork, MN 56628

With its pristine lakes, virgin pines, swimming beach, and wilderness-like setting, Scenic State Park is well deserving of its name. Here, visitors can hike the Chase Point Trail for hypnotic views of Coon and Sandwick Lakes and listen to the wind whistle through the giant pines. The park's overnight facilities include campsites (boat-in, drive-in, backpack), and a cabin. The historic lodge houses interpretive displays.
218-743-3362
Email: jordan.schaefer@state.mn.us
Website: dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/scenic/index.html

MacRostie Art Center

FREE Gallery, Private Group Classes Contact: Katie Marshall 405 NW 1st Ave Gr...

MacRostie Art Center

FREE Gallery, Private Group Classes
Contact: Katie Marshall
405 NW 1st Ave
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218-326-2697
Email: katie@macrostieartcenter.org

Hours
Mon - Sat: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

If you are looking to view some truly amazing Minnesota art, check out this free gallery that is open to the public. You can check out their art suitcase and create some of your own art while out in Minnesota's nature together.

The Edge Center for Arts & Gallery

FREE Gallery 101 Second Ave Bigfork, MN Please call or check out their webs...

The Edge Center for Arts & Gallery

FREE Gallery
101 Second Ave
Bigfork, MN

Please call or check out their website for more information
218-743-6670
http://the-edge-center.org/

Gallery Open: Theater:
Thur, Fri & Sat: 10:00am to 4:00pm Please call or check out their website for more information

Cairparavel Alpaca Farm

By Appointment Tours Contact: Ryan and Kim Erickson

Cairparavel Alpaca Farm

By Appointment Tours
Contact: Ryan and Kim Erickson
218-246-2627
Website: cairparavelalpacafarm.com

Hours
By Appointment Only

Bowling

Thunder Alley XL 1401 US-169 Grand Rapids, MN 55744 218-326-5950 Website:

Bowling

Thunder Alley XL
1401 US-169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218-326-5950
Website: thunderalleyxl.com

 

Open Bowling Hours
Monday: 3:30pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - Midnight
Saturday: 10:30am - Midnight
Sunday: 10:30am - 9:00pm

 

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is the answer to winter hiking. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. ...

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is the answer to winter hiking. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Snowshoeing is a great way to see the Grand Rapids area. For more information:

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Lodging

Grand Rapids has a wide selection of lodging properties to choose from. You will...

Lodging

Grand Rapids has a wide selection of lodging properties to choose from. You will find economical motels, conveniently located hotels, quaint B&B's, Minnesota Family Resorts, and lake homes to rent. Whether you are looking to rent a cabin for the week for the entire family and extended family, or you are looking for full amenities on site (fridge, microwave, swimming pool, bar/restaurant, golf, lake, etc) you will find it in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Then check out some of our great lodging properties here!

True North Salon and Spa

10 NW 5th St Suite 112(Inside Old Central School) Grand Rapids MN 55744 Phone:...

True North Salon and Spa

10 NW 5th St Suite 112(Inside Old Central School)
Grand Rapids MN 55744
Phone: 218-999-0070
Website: http://www.truenorthsalon.com/
Hours
By Appointment Only

Winter First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk

For more information on First Friday Art Walk

Winter First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk

For more information on First Friday Art Walk click here for our calendar of events 


On the first Friday of every month Grand Rapids Arts and local businesses host First Friday. With artists in many of the downtown shops you get to experience creativity at its best.

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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Bovey “Prohibition Speakeasy” & Underground Escape Tunnel

Get more information on the Bovey “Prohibition...

Bovey “Prohibition Speakeasy” & Underground Escape Tunnel

Get more information on the Bovey “Prohibition Speakeasy” & Underground Escape Tunnel here.

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.

Parks and Forests

In the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area there are lots of Minnesota's nature to expl...

Parks and Forests

In the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area there are lots of Minnesota's nature to explore. From the Chippewa National Forest, George Washington State Forest, and two scenic byways - Great River Road and Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway (the oldest scenic byway in the state of Minnesota). You will find great places to camp, bike, hike, and ATV within these designated parks and forests.

Get more information here 

Public Art Tour

Grand Rapids Public Art is a mapped walking tour of sculptures, murals, mosaics,...

Public Art Tour

Grand Rapids Public Art is a mapped walking tour of sculptures, murals, mosaics, and other artwork in downtown Grand Rapids.

There are 14 locations with art work displayed click here to see the map and description of the art work.

Dining

Grand Rapids and the surrounding area offers a wide variety of eateries from cha...

Dining

Grand Rapids and the surrounding area offers a wide variety of eateries from charming bistros, to large banquet facilities, to the local place where all the locals go to eat. From family friendly restaurants to a special night out for two; from coffee shops to drive-ins, Grand Rapids offers menus to suit every appetite. Come experience the unique cuisine of Minnesota’s nature.

View our Options Here

Shopping

Enjoy strolling through our historic downtown bu...

Shopping

Enjoy strolling through our historic downtown business district for the best shops & boutiques, as well as the other antique, vintage and gift shops around Grand Rapids, MN.

Check Out Shopping Places Here

Fat Tire Biking

Made for Minnesota's unique terrain, fat tire bikes have a rubber surface twice ...

Fat Tire Biking

Made for Minnesota's unique terrain, fat tire bikes have a rubber surface twice as wide as standard mountain bikes and a much lower, “squishy” tire pressure. This increased surface area allows better traction and keeps riders from sinking into the snow, mud or sand.

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Center Mind Body Fitness

Is not your typical gym. You will find wellness for your body and soul at Center...

Center Mind Body Fitness

Is not your typical gym. You will find wellness for your body and soul at Center.  Under the Suka location you will find food, salon and spa services as well.

320 SE 21st Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
info@center-mn.com
218.259.8955

http://center-mn.com/

VFW – Live Music

The VFW has live Jazz every Wednesday and on the First Friday of every month. A...

VFW – Live Music

The VFW has live Jazz every Wednesday and on the First Friday of every month.
Address: 14 NW 3rd St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: (218) 326-9937

Visit our website: http://www.grvfw.com/

Itasca Trail Sports

Looking to bicycle on the Mesabi Trail, on the City of Grand Rapdis biking and w...

Itasca Trail Sports

Looking to bicycle on the Mesabi Trail, on the City of Grand Rapdis biking and walking paths, or Mountain Bike at the Legion or other locations, Itasca Trail Sports has bicycle rentals available.

Address: 316 NE 4th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: (218) 326-1716

Visit www.itascatrailsports.net

The Visitor’s Guide Download

Looking for even more events and idea's for your next vacation, or free day? Loo...

The Visitor’s Guide Download

Looking for even more events and idea's for your next vacation, or free day? Look no further.. 


Our free Visitor's Guide contains an easy-to-read guide of the unique adventures in and near Grand Rapids, including some of the following:

  • Recreational opportunities for all seasons
  • Art & Cultural events
  • Resorts
  • Shopping
  • and much more!

Fill out the form on the following page to receive your free download

 

Experience the Head North Adventure

Winter is a magical season, full of adventure and possibility – for those who dare to brave the weather. To residents and visitors of the Grand Rapids region, the winter season provides opportunities for a variety of sports and outdoor activities. Spend the day ice fishing on one of our many lakes – or downhill skiing on the slopes in Itasca County, enjoying the crisp, brilliant wonderland of a snow-clad northland. There are innumerable opportunities for the bold adventurer willing to Head North this winter.

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