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Forest History Center

1900's Logging Camp

C...

Forest History Center

1900's Logging Camp

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:

Saturday's 10am-4pm

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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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

Ticket Prices
Tuesdays Adult Senior Child
All day $5.00 $5.00 $5.00

$8.00 General Admission
$6.50 Matinee (shows before 6 pm)
$6.50 Senior Admission (ages 60 and over)
$6.50 Child Admission (ages 11 and under)
Note: Additional $2.50 charge for 3D movies

Mann Theater

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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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

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.

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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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 

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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Reif Center Events

The Reif Center has regular performances from September to May each year. They b...

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.

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
218-326-1900
Website: www.judygarlandmuseum.com
http://www.cdmkids.org/

 

Restored childhood home of Judy Garland where the star spent her first four years.  Judy’s home has been restored to look just as it did when the child star lived there with her parents and two older sisters.  See the staircase landing where Judy and her sisters provided entertainment for neighborhood friends with their earliest performances.  The grounds features a memorial flower garden and gazebo.  The adjacent museum gallery showcases a wide variety of artifacts from Judy’s musical and theatrical career, personal awards and effects, movie memorabilia and the carriage used in the Wizard of Oz. An extensive gift shop is filled with Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland items.

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 fairy tale dolls donated by artist Faith Wick, and the Children's Discovery Museum.
Admission is $10 per person anyone ages 2 and up.  AAA and Military Discount- $9.  Memberships are available

 

Hours

Hours:
May 16th - September 30th, 10am - 5pm Daily
October 1st - May 15th, Fridays and Saturdays 10am - 5pm

Groups of 20 or more can schedule tours on any day.

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.

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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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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Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling

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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:

 

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 mud or sand.

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Hawkins Mine Pit Overlook

The top of Central Ave and 1st Street borders the stunning view of the Hawkins M...

Hawkins Mine Pit Overlook

The top of Central Ave and 1st Street borders the stunning view of the Hawkins Mine Pit, the very mine that established Nashwauk as the first mining community to develop in Itasca County. Crowning Central Avenue sits the Hawkins Mine Overlook. The City of Nashwauk recently replaced the entire Overlook with an ADA compatible structure that allows everyone to enjoy the beautiful views.

Location: 47°22'49.67"N latitude and 93°10'8.81"W longitude

For more information:
City of Nashwauk
301 Central Avenue
Nashwauk, MN 55769
Phone: 218-885-1210

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

Places To Workout

Anytime Fitness 1200 SE 4th Ave Grand Rapids, MN 55744 Phone...

Places To Workout

Anytime Fitness
1200 SE 4th Ave
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: (218) 326-4446
Website: https://www.anytimefitness.com/gyms/232/grand-rapids-mn-55744

CENTER Mind/Body Fitness
320 SE 21st St
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 218-259-8955
Website: http://center-mn.com/

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

Rapids Fitness
1200 S Pokegama Ave, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 218-999-7774
Website: rapidfitness247.com

 

 

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.

Visit the site for more information! 

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.

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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

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

 

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

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

https://edgecenterarts.org

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

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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Edge of The Wilderness Scenic Byway

A beautiful drive in the winter. The Scenic Byway connects Grand Rapids and Effi...

Edge of The Wilderness Scenic Byway

A beautiful drive in the winter. 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 winter trail access points to snowshoe, snowmobile, cross country ski and fat tire bike.

For more information: Click 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

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

Visit Our Site

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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First Friday Art Walk

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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 Discovery Center

Visitor's Center/Northwoods Interpretive Center Contact: Tim Johnson 49554 St ...

Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center

Visitor's Center/Northwoods Interpretive Center
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. This location includes a visitor's center, gift shop, restrooms and interpretive center with over 50 wildlife mounts on site.

Hours
Wed-Sat: 8:00am – 4:00pm

 

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.

Lodging

Winter is a beautiful time of year to come to Grand Rapids. You will find a wide...

Lodging

Winter is a beautiful time of year to come to Grand Rapids. You will find a wide selection of lodging properties to choose from. Economical motels, conveniently located hotels, a quaint Bed & Breakfast, Minnesota Family Resorts, and lake homes to rent. You will find lodging properties with a variety of on-site or nearby amenities.

Click to view all of Grand Rapids lodging properties here!