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Top 5 Reasons Grand Rapids Is The Best Family Vacation Destination

Families are very busy today! Kids are in a lot of extra curricular activities and parents work lives are 24/7 (well not quite, but cell phones make us feel so). Let’s face it, you all need a vacation! We know of a place that is close enough to be convenient, but far enough to give you a real escape from your everyday crazy schedules. A place that offers small town charm, lakes, trails, resorts, hotels/motels, vacation rentals, camping, history, art & culture, rustic to fine dining and unique boutique style shopping. Where is this place? Grand Rapids, Minnesota; located in the middle of northern Minnesota’s nature!

We have plenty to do for all ages

Grand Rapids is a family friendly kind of destination, and there’s plenty to do for everyone, no matter your age or inclination. Families can enjoy all kinds of activities together. Rent or bring bikes and ride together on the amazing Mesabi Trail. Go fishing on a boat or pontoon and soak up the relaxation that comes with being out on the lake all day long (hint: wear sunscreen!). Get in touch with nature in a way you’ve never experienced before. Paddle the Mississippi River right from Paddle Hoppers and they will outfit you with everything you need.  Take a hike in the Lost Forty and experience two hundred year old trees. For more information check out our DO PAGE.

You’ll make treasured family memories together

Whether you only have a couple of days in Grand Rapids, or a week, you’ll easily be able to seize the opportunity to make beautiful family memories that will last forever. Book a lovely cabin or lodging on one of our lakes, and watch a spectacular sunset play over our vast and amazing lakes. Listen to the loons calling, and experience the relaxation and peace that is so hard to achieve in our day to day lives. Pitch a tent if you prefer to rough it you will find many lodging properties that have on site camping or maybe an adventure camping in the Chippewa National Forest is your style. To see a full list of our Lodging Properties, check out our STAY Page.

Photo by: Bob Cozemius

Our beauty is unsurpassed

Ever see the northern lights or the stars over a vast lake? You can do that here in Grand Rapids. Ever marvel at vast forests that seem to take you back in time? Spend some time in Minnesota’s northwoods and you will feel them in a whole new way.  Or, just savor the experience of being in a place that is both laid back and beautiful, whether you’re strolling downtown to shop and eat, sitting around a campfire eating s’mores, or watching the water change as it reflects the setting sun. Be inspired by viewing our Parks and Trails Page


Whatever the weather you will have a good time

We all know that weather has a huge impact on travel. In Grand Rapids, we are known for our outdoor nature, but we do have indoor places that are pretty cool too! You will find indoor museums and children play areas like the Children’s Discovery Museum.  Or maybe take in an afternoon movie at Mann’s Cinema, and eight screen movie theater. Thunder Alley XL offers 10 lanes of bowling and an adult sized arcade. Step back in time and tour at the Forest History Center the indoor forestry and logging interpretive center has an indoor log kids can play through, and then you can take a tractor ride on a covered wagon down to the 1900’s Logging Camp where period costume interpreters will take you on a journey. The Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center in Marcell offers free naturalist programs every Thursday through Saturday, and you must tour the interpretive center that houses native northern Minnesota wildlife mounts like a loon, bear, fox, otter and more! For more information check out our Head North page to select the amount of time you have and boxes will appear of things to do and see in the Grand Rapids area while you are in town.

We make the experience of a great Minnesota summer even better!

Minnesota hospitality is a great secret for those who’ve not visited the Midwest before. And whether you’re visiting from Minnesota or from beyond, you’ll quickly figure out that we LOVE summer in Minnesota, and we do everything to make time during summer the best experience possible.
Ready to plan your trip? Check out our STAY PAGE to view all of our up north lodging options, then BOOK your vacation!

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