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Ten Things To Do In November Up North Grand Rapids Minnesota

Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a year-round destination that offers fun things to do in November! Here are our Six Things To Do in Grand Rapids in November:

1. Live Entertainment

Come be entertained in Grand Rapids, Minnesota this November. In Grand Rapids you will find live music, meat raffles, traveling art pubs, and craft shows. Experience local Minnesota musicians at our local craft breweries and other nightlife establishments.  Enjoy safe social distance events in small intimate spaces that require masks while in their establishments. Check our Events Calendar for more information

2. Art/Culture

Grand Rapids, Minnesota is known for their rich art and culture heritage. Enjoy public art at MacRostie Art Center, Reif Center, Brewed Awakenings, and inside at the Old Central School. Take an outdoor public art walk; maps are available at the MacRostie Art Center. A great time to come and enjoy art in Grand Rapids is the first Friday of each month for our FREE monthly First Friday Art Walk that is put on by Grand Rapids Arts and hosted by downtown businesses. Many times there are virtual opportunities to view public art in Grand Rapids too! Check out MacRostie Art Center for their options.

3. History

Grand Rapids, Minnesota was founded in 1872. At the Itasca County Historical Society, you can tour their FREE museum that showcases the strong forestry, mining, and tourism industries. Grand Rapids is home to  Frances Ethel Gumm (aka Judy Garland). The Itasca Co Historical Society has a monthly escape room that have a variety of themes. At the Judy Garland Museum, you can tour her childhood home, and enjoy hundreds of items of Judy Garland memorabilia; take pictures with the original carriage from the Wizard of Oz, and hundreds of Wizard of Oz artifacts. Each of these locations have a maximum capacity and require you to wear your masks while inside. Another place to enjoy Minnesota history is taking a drive up the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway and stopping at the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center, hiking in the Lost Forty and at the Joyce Estates.

4. Hunting

There are a prime hunting destination because of our 1+ million public accessible forest acres. Grand Rapids, Minnesota is also home to the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association; where members can bow hunt on their private hunting acres. Find hunting maps and other hunting resources for the Grand Rapids, MN area HERE.

5. Eat & Drink

Grand Rapids, Minnesota has craft breweries, a Minnesota wine bar, and a tap house to enjoy Minnesota craft beer and wine. You will also find rustic and charming restaurants that specialize in northwoods cuisine. And you will find many places to enjoy the best steaks in Minnesota and fresh seafood. Area restaurants and bars are limited on capacity and require wearing masks while inside. Learning more HERE.

6. Biking

Come experience world class mountain biking/fat tire biking in the Grand Rapids, MN area. The Tioga Recreation Area is a 25 mile single track course that has multi-level terrain and skills courses that are perfect for every member of the family. *Note: this area is open to hunting during riffle season. Another mountain bike trail to ride and hike is Legion Trail. Located at the parking lot of the Reif Center, this conveniently located trail wraps around Hale Lake within the city limits of Grand Rapids. You will feel like you are in the middle of Minnesota’s nature.

7. Hiking/Snowshoeing/Cross Country Ski

The Chippewa National Forest is the perfect place to hike in November. This year Mother Nature has brought snow early. This gives you an opportunity to get outdoors to snowshoe and cross country ski early. When snow is under 5″, you can still hike as well. There are many designated and well maintained trails that are well mapped to create a couple hour or day long hike. Here are our suggestion for a couple hours hike: Simpson Creek Trail. This trail is easy walking and perfect for families with young children. Here is our suggestions for a day long hike: Suomi Trails or Joyce Estates. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing in November gives you a different perspective of the forest with the leaves down. You are able to see a lot more wildlife, and see what’s around the bend easily.

8. Shopping

In Grand Rapids you will find small charming boutique style shops that feature one of a kind items. You will find a wide variety of home décor, gifts, clothing, jewelry, shoes, vintage finds, northwoods gifts, and homemade items. Take the afternoon to stroll through downtown to enjoy the shops, sip local brew and Minnesota wine, and discover local art. There are charming shops in all of the surrounding communities of Grand Rapids. Learn more about shopping opportunities HERE.

9. Scenic Drives

The Grand Rapids, MN area is surrounded by off the beaten paths to enjoy a scenic drive. We are fortunate to have two designated scenic byways: Avenue of Pines and Edge of the Wilderness. Both of these are located within the Chippewa National Forest. Along the Avenue of Pines Scenic Byway you will experience hundred year old tall pine trees, mixed with hardwood forests. There are several restaurants, places to stay, and places to shop along the drive. The Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway is a 47 mile drive from Grand Rapids to Northome. This drive will take you amongst many lakes, hardwood and pine forests, and tamarack bogs. The communities of the Edge of the Wilderness offer you shopping, dining, gas, recreation trails, and several attractions.

10. Relax at Cozy Lodging

Stay in one of our cozy lodging options that have views of Minnesota’s nature. In Grand Rapids you will find Minnesota Resorts that offer cabins and lodge rooms, vacation rental homes, lakes rental homes, Hotels/Motels and a quaint and charming Bed &Breakfast. You will find a wide variety of amenities. Learn more about Grand Rapids Lodging Properties HERE.

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