Top 10 Things To Do This Summer in Grand Rapids

Heading Up North in the summer is the thing to do this summer, and Grand Rapids, Minnesota is the perfect place to come together with friends and family to make memories. There is probably more to do than you realize. The choice is yours to take in all the sights, sounds and things to do; or just do nothing but relax. Check out this Top 10 Things To Do This Summer in Grand Rapids…

Jump In The Lake

There is something very special about our lakes in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area. You will find some of the cleanest and clearest lakes in the nation! Many lakes have a crystal blue color, similar to an ocean. That exhilarating feeling you get when you jump in a Grand Rapids lake wakens your soul and recharges your natural spirit. 


Grand Rapids has three 18 hole championship golf courses we call our Grand Lakes of Golf. Eagles Ridge is located on Trout Lake in Coleraine. Pokegama Golf Course is located on Pokegama Lake. Sugar Brooke Golf Course is located on Sugar Lake at Sugar Lake Lodge Resort. We are sure that these courses will become your new golf destination!


In Grand Rapids you will find hundreds of miles to bike and hike. The Mesabi Trail is an excellent place to ride on a paved surface that connects Grand Rapids to Ely, Minnesota (over 100 miles) you decide how long you will ride. In addition to paved trails, we also have forest trails that are great for hiking and biking. Some trails to consider: Suomi Hills, Simpson Creek, Lost Forty, and coming soon is Tioga Recreation Area which will be a world class 30 mile single track trail.

Dine Outdoors

In the Summer eating outdoors is a special treat. You will find many unique outdoor dining options, from places located right on the lake to in town patios and pubs. Our resorts offer amenities on site that allow for you to grill and cook outdoors. Check out our Grand Rapids Dining Options.

Travel Dirt Paths

To quote John Muir, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” We agree! Get off the beaten path and discover some places in the northwoods where you can untapped from the electronic world we all live in and get in touch with natures wilderness. The Chippewa National Forest has motorized and non-motorized trails for you to travel. 

Take a Scenic Drive

The Grand Rapids, Minnesota area has several scenic drives to take. We are the start of the state’s first Scenic Byway – Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway. Grand Rapids is also located on the Great River Road that follows the Mississippi River. Two other scenic drives we suggest are: Avenue of Pines and Scenic 7 which leads to Scenic State Park. Perfect for windy and curvy motorcycle ride that takes you among tall pine and hardwood forests, along side of bogs, and between lakes.

Paddle The Mississippi

Paddle Hoppers is your one stop shop for rentals, sales and guided trips for paddling sports. They are located right on the Mississippi River. You can rent a kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board and launch right from their location or take it to a favorite lake or river. This portion of the Mississippi River is narrow and clear. Paddling the Mississippi River is something that should be on your bucket list. One of a kind experience that you can do right in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Listen to Live Music

Grand Rapids, Minnesota have live music at several different locations every single week with no cover charge. Jazz is at the Grand Rapids VFW every Wednesday. Klockow Brewing Company offers live music every weekend. The Grand Rapids Eagles has live bands every weekend. The Locker Room Bar hosts accoustic Sunday’s. Pickled Loon hosts musicians every month. Brewed Awakenings also hosts musicians a couple times a month.

Enjoy Craft Beer & Minnesota Wine

Currently Grand Rapids has one craft brewing company, Klockow Brewing Company. Rapids Brewing Company and The Boulder Tap House is opening summer of 2019. Klockow and Rapids will be brewing their own beer on site. Opening in May 2019 in downtown Grand Rapids is Unwined Up North a Minnesota Wine Bar. 


Tucked among the tall pines and hardwood forests you will discover a place with over 1,000 lakes and many rivers where you can get away from the busy every day life and relax and reconnect in nature. Grand Rapids, Minnesota is that place where you can create memories that will last a life time. Summer Vacations are in our nature!


2019-05-02T17:30:41+00:00Thursday, May 2, 2019|Blog|

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