NEVER A DULL MOMENT IN GRAND RAPIDS
You may be surprised to learn just how many attractions Grand Rapids has to offer. We are home to many talented artists that you can explore through live performances, art walks & galleries. You can also be a part of the history in Grand Rapids by stepping back in time at one of our many historical attractions. You are sure to find things for all ages in Grand Rapids!
Grand Rapids Visitors Center
Grand Rapids Visitor Center
Phone: (218) 326-6619
Address: 1 NW 3rd St,
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
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.
Edge of The Wilderness Scenic Byway
A beautiful drive in the spring. 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 hike, mountain bike and fat tire bike.
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Scenic State Park
Beautiful Walking Trails, Camping, and Swimming
Scenic State Park will be hosting naturalist programs throughout the summer in partnership with the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center. Scenic State Park staff and volunteers will also be providing Archery in the Park and Youth Fishing events throughout the summer. For more details and a schedule of programs please contact Scenic State Park at 218-743-3362 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center
Landmark & Historical Place
Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center Provides a variety of environmental education programs & events throughout the year. The EOWDC also has indoor interpretive displays, an interpretive trail, fishing pier, picnic area, CCC buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and more! Individuals, families, school groups, other groups are all welcome. Call 218-832-3161 for more information.
Forest History Center
1900's Logging Camp in the Northwoods
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:
Paddle Sport Store Rentals, Trips, and Sales
Go Local, friendly, knowledgeable paddle shop, offering stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), kayaks, canoes and paddling accessories to buy or rent. We also offer fun ½ day Mississippi river trips on Saturdays, and guided kayaking day trips to a couple of our favorite local lakes on Thursdays!
We carry: Northstar Canoes. Delta, Jackson, Wilderness Systems, and Perception Kayaks. Pau Hana, Boardworks, Tahoe, Grey Duck, and Glide Stand-up Paddle Boards (SUPs). As well as Malone trailers and many brands of Accessories.
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Our Vision: Passing on our passion for being outdoors, on the water, with family and friends.
Our Mission: To provide knowledgeable, friendly service and products that help you find your personal
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Bovey “Prohibition Speakeasy” & Underground Escape Tunnel
Reenactment of an underground Prohibition Speakeasy Bar & escape tunnel
Speakeasy & Escape Tunnel
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. $75 for the room, & only $50 if you cater food. Call the cafe to reserve the room; 218-245-2233
Edge Center for the Arts
To enhance the Edge of the Wilderness by providing a welcoming and well-managed space, where shared art experiences build community.
The Edge Center for the Arts features Continental seating for 283 patrons, proscenium stage and professional lighting, sound mixing booth, box office, and upright and grand pianos.
The Edge Gallery is open free of charge May through December on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10-4p and during performances only in the winter months. The Gallery features a rotating exhibit of works from local and regional artists.
Winter Activities in Coleraine
Phone: (218) 245-3487
Address: 200 Mt Itasca Dr,
Coleraine, MN 55722
Hills and trails open year-round for hiking and biking. Glorious fall colors! Snow guns fire up in November! By early December Pisten Bully grooming for cross-country skiing, biathlon, Alpine skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping and tubing. Three lifts and main chalet open with concessions and equipment rental.
Instruction, coaching, games, skills drills, racing and competition offered for all ages and abilities. “Flying Children” ski jump off the 10- and 20-meter hills. Advanced jumpers are spectacular in flight off the 40- and 70-meter jumps.
Panoramic views from inside the chalet.
Itasca Orchestra & Strings Program
Provides opportunities to hear, learn and perform orchestral music for the youth and adults in Itasca County
The Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program (IOSP), as a nonprofit, is a symphony orchestra and a strings program with lessons for children and adults in violin, viola, cello and bass. They offer 3 performances a year. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for students.
The Reif Arts Council
Stimulating Arts in Northern Minnesota
The Reif Performing Arts Center is a multi-theater venue which hosts national and international touring performances of all genres: country music artists, rock tributes, chamber ensembles, dance companies, musical theater, children’s theater, comedy, etc. It is also the home to great local music, theater and dance performances. Find upcoming events at reifcenter.org.
Box Office Open: M-F, 8:30am-5:00pm
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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.
Itasca County YMCA
400 River Rd,
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: (218) 327-1161
Labor Day - Memorial Day
M-F 5am - 10pm
Sat. 7am - 7pm
Sun. 10:00am - 6pm
The Itasca County YMCA is a health and wellness center that is connected with Elder Circle and a childcare program. Day passes are available at the customer service desk. After your workout you will want to stop into Bixby’s café for a bite to eat or a beverage.
Brewed Awakenings Coffeehouse
A café where you can eat every day and be Healthy
Brewed Awakenings’ specialties are: Vegetarian soups made from the most local, fresh, organic ingredients available and Gelato (Italian Ice Cream) made in house weekly, with 12 flavors in the case at all times! Vegetarian and Gluten-free choices for entrees and snacks.
Visit them for Happy Hour daily from 5 pm- 6pm
- Free cup of soup with the purchase of a sandwich
- $1 off coffee or tea
- Free scoop of gelato with purchases over $20
Mon – Sat. 6:30am to 6:30pm
MacRostie Art Center
FREE Gallery, Private Group Classes
MacRostie Art Center is a nonprofit art center with free admission to monthly exhibits, ongoing classes and workshops for youth and adults, and an Art Shop featuring local handmade art including jewelry, pottery, paintings, woodworking, wearables, and more.
Open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.