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Fishing: Things to Do

The Grand Rapids, MN area is home to more than 1,000 lakes prime for fishing. A fishing mecca for anglers in search of walleye, bass, crappies, northerns, musky, trout, panfish, perch and more.


Motorcycling: Things to Do

Enjoy motorcycling at its finest with our scenic driving routes – perfect for touring on a motorcycle, in a vintage car, or a relaxing break in any vehicle.


Family Leisure

The Fourth of July in Northern Minnesota create fun festivities for the entire family to enjoy.



In Grand Rapids, Minnesota, there is always something going on! Whether you are looking for family friendly events and programs or you are looking for adult art classes or nightly entertainment, you will find it right here. Year round our Events Calendar is full!


When You Are Ready To Travel

Consider Heading North to Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Grand Rapids is a small town with lots of charm, surrounded by Minnesota’s nature. This rural up north destination is a picturesque area that has been a favorite of those planning MN family vacations, fishing trips, couple’s getaways and family reunions for over 100 years. The distinguished fishing lakes, forest and trails provide the perfect backdrop for leisure and sports adventures. Grand Rapids is close enough to be convenient, but just far enough away to provide a real escape. You will find a truly unique Northwoods experience; filled with abundant outdoor adventures, scenic beauty, preserved heritage and vibrant arts and entertainment. The Grand Rapids area offers a wide variety of lodging, rustic and charming dining and unique boutique style shopping opportunities to meet everyone’s wants and needs for a grand getaway.

When we are all able to travel again, we encourage you to come escape to Minnesota’s nature in Grand Rapids, MN.


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Visit Grand Rapids has launched a fun and light-hearted campaign that features Dorothy (aka Wizard of Oz) and her friends and her four-legged friend, Tioga. Each week Dorothy and her friends discover new and fun places to hike, bike, ATV, dine and shop.

Watch in July for the Dorothy Blazes New Trail Contest where Visit Grand Rapids will give away daily prizes. See the contest page for details.

June 19, 2020

Tin Man and Dorothy enjoying themselves at
Sugar Lake Lodge. The Tin Man showing off
his strength.

June 19, 2020

The Tin Man reflects for a moment
on his many adventures at Sugar
Lake Lodge.

Tin Man sits with Dorothy next to Sugar
Lake at Sugar Lake Lodge.

Dorothy surprises Tin Man with a heart
stone that she found in the water, and
painted red. This is a gift to remind
him to listen to his heart.

June 19, 2020

Dorothy Blazes New Trails Campaign
Tin Man (aka Nathan C Mariano) takes a moment
to enjoy the fresh air, sights and sounds of
northern MN.

At Sugar Lake Lodge

June 17, 2020

Dorothy (aka Chelsey Jo Johnson). When
asked what Grand Rapids, MN meant to her,
here is her answer: “There’s no place
like home.” I grew up on the Reif Center
stage with Judy Garland’s legend as a
constant guiding light. Grand Rapids is
a place to shine from — its thriving
arts community set in beautiful northern
Minnesota has been the backdrop and
foundation of my life, fostering my
creativity and love of the wilderness.
It’s home.

June 11, 2020

Dorothy Blazes New Trails Campaign
Dorothy enjoys her hike at Legion Trail.
She sees a smooth round rock and she jumps
at the next adventure around the corner.

June 11, 2020

Dorothy Blazes New Trails Campaign

Dorothy leaves her shoes on the dock,
and opts for a swim in the lake.

June 11, 2020

Dorothy Blazes New Trails Campaign
Dorothy takes a moment to enjoy
the sites and sounds in downtown.

June 11, 2020

Dorothy Blazes New Trails Campaign

Dorothy and her four-legged side-kick,

Tioga, walk on the Yellow Brick Road

located at Old Central School.

Dorothy Blazes New Trails Campaign
Dorothy enjoys sitting on the fishing pier
Tioga Beach area located within the Tioga
Recreation Area.

June 11, 2020

Dorothy Blazes New Trails Campaign
Dorothy skips down the Legion Trail,
a great place to hike, bike and play
disc golf.

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