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This year we invite you to Blaze New Trails in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. This page will help give you inspiration about what you can do on vacation in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area.

*Directions: Select the amount of time you have in Grand Rapids, and we will share the things to do in the Grand Rapids, MN area in that amount of time.

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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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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.

*Note: Due to COVID-19 the building will remain closed. If there is a business that you wish to visit or shop, please contact them to have you let you in the main outside doors. Thank you.


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Forest History Center

Due to the coronavirus outbreak th...

Forest History Center

Due to the coronavirus outbreak the Forest History Center has been temporarily closed.

This environmental learning center is located in the city limits of Grand Rapids. When you arrive to the Forest History Center you feel like you are in the middle of the northwoods. Experience the stories of the north woods and the lumberjacks who called these forests home. Meet the colorful inhabitants of a recreated 1900 logging camp — and learn about Minnesota’s forests of yesterday and today through interactive exhibits and nature trails.

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:

Sept. 3 - Oct. 12, 2019
Open Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Oct. 13, 2019 - June 9, 2020
Open only for events or booked group tours (group minimum is 25 people)

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Shopping

Enjoy strolling through our historic downtown bu...

Shopping

Enjoy strolling through our historic downtown business district for the best shops & boutiques. In Grand Rapids you will enjoy a wide selection of boutique style shops that offer antique, vintage and locally made items. At the Central Square Mall you can shop over 20 shops all under one roof.

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MacRostie Art Center

Opening again on July 1, 2020! FREE Gallery, Private Group Classes Contact: ...

MacRostie Art Center

Opening again on July 1, 2020!

FREE Gallery, Private Group Classes
Contact: Katie Marshall
405 NW 1st Ave
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218-326-2697
Email: katie@macrostieartcenter.org

Hours
Tues - Sat: 10:00am to 5:00pm

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.

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

First Friday Art Walk

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the First Friday Art Walks, hosted by the Grand...

First Friday Art Walk

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the First Friday Art Walks, hosted by the Grand Rapids Arts will be Virtual and can be watched from the comfort of your home on ICTV: http://watchictv.org/ on the first Friday of each month.

You can check out information for the First Friday Art Walks: http://grandrapidsarts.org/.

 

Itasca Historical Society - Things to Do in Grand Rapids, MN

Itasca County Historical Society & Museum

Museum Tours and Step-on Guides Contact: Lilah Crowe 201 S Pokegama Ave Grand...

Itasca Historical Society - Things to Do in Grand Rapids, MN

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. There new exhibits are: Picture Grace and Itasca Youth Camps. Additional exhibits are: Judy Garland exhibit, Now and Then exhibit, and model trains. Step back in time and discover what life was once like. Fun for all ages! They have an on-sight gift shop to purchase one of a kind memento from your time in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

*Note: Due to COVID-19 a limit of 11 people inside the Historical Society at a time.

Hours
Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Coleraine Public Library

Due to coronavirus the Coleraine Public Library is temporarily closed. But they ...

Coleraine Public Library

Due to coronavirus the Coleraine Public Library is temporarily closed. But they are now offering a pick-up process:

UPDATE: The Coleraine Public Library is now offering curbside pickup during our regular summer hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00-5:00, Wednesday from 9:00-6:00, and Friday from 9:00-4:00!
We can now request books from most of the libraries in the Arrowhead Library System. To browse the Arrowhead Library System collection, follow this link to the catalog: https://arrowhead.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/als
You can order books from the website if you have your library card number and pin number or just write down what you would like and give us a call at 218-245-2315 or send us a message through Facebook and we'll pull the books for you. Here are our policies for making sure everything runs smoothly and safely:
1) When you call please have the titles or authors of the books you would like ready. We will check them out to you before you get here.
2) We will set up a time for you to come pick them up. Please understand that we may not be able to get your order ready in the time it takes you to drive here. We need to set up a time when no one else is picking up books so we can maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe.
3) Books will be placed in a bag with your name on it in a plastic bin at the front steps.
4) If you have books to return place them in the return bin, we will come and get them after you leave. No need to knock!
5) All returns are quarantined for three days after you bring them in, so if you check your online account they will still show as checked out to you, but don't worry! All due dates are extended and we know we have them.

203 Cole Ave.
Coleraine, MN 55722
Phone: 218-245-2315

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Judy Garland Museum

Due to the coronavirus, the Judy G...

Judy Garland Museum

Due to the coronavirus, the Judy Garland Museum is temporarily closed. When the Museum is re-opened, we will post an update.

2727 US Hwy 169 S
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-327-9276
Email: jgarland@uslink.net


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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.
attached is a fun, hands-on Children's Museum.  Your admission covers both museums.

Admission is $10 per person anyone ages 2 and up.  AAA and Military discount ~ $9.  Memberships are available.

Hours:

May 16th - September 30th, 10am - 5pm Daily

October 1st - May 15th, Fridays and Saturdays 10am - 5pm

Please visit our website for more information on special hours and activities

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

 


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Events

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many of the Premiere Annual Events have been po...

Events

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many of the Premiere Annual Events have been postponed to 2021. But, there are still several 2020 Events that are still scheduled.

These events may be limited by the number of people that can attend, events held virtually via social media and web, and other creative means in which to hold events during a pandemic. For more information, check them out HERE.

Edge of The Wilderness Scenic Byway

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

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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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

Wannigan Display

Copper-colored Statue

Locate...

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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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

In person Hours: Wed-Fri (10am-2pm)

24 hour visitor information center

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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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Biking

Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a GREAT place to bike in any season! The new

Biking

Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a GREAT place to bike in any season! The new Tioga Recreation Area in Cohasset, MN (10 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, MN) currently has 10 miles of groomed winter trails to enjoy. Additional trails to consider fat tire biking this winter are: Legion, Mt Itasca, and Forest History Center.

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Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center - Things to Do in Grand Rapids, MN

Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center

Due to the coronavirus, the EOW Discovery Center will be temporarily closed and ...

Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center - Things to Do in Grand Rapids, MN

Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center

Due to the coronavirus, the EOW Discovery Center will be temporarily closed and reopening on July 1, 2020.

Visitor's Center/Northwoods Interpretive Center
Contact: Tim Johnson
49554 St Hwy 38
Marcell, MN 56657
218-832-3161
Email: nijpb@bigfork.net

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
Opening July 1, 2020 Hours TBD

 

Grand Rapids Area Library

Due to the coronavirus, the Grand Rapids Area Library has been temporarily close...

Grand Rapids Area Library

Due to the coronavirus, the Grand Rapids Area Library has been temporarily closed. You can reserve items to be picked up through the drive-through lane Monday-Friday 11am-4pm.

Reserve your books by calling 218-327-8823 or online: www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/library “Search Library Catalog.

140 NE 2nd St.
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 218-326-7640

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Bovey Speakeasy & Underground Escape Tunnel - Things to Do in Grand Rapids, MN

Bovey “Prohibition Speakeasy” & Underground Escape Tunnel

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Bovey Speakeasy & Underground Escape Tunnel - Things to Do in Grand Rapids, MN

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.

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.

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Paddle Hoppers

Paddle Sport Store Rentals, Trip...

Paddle Hoppers

Paddle Sport Store Rentals, Trips, and Sales

Contact: Holli Busching
17 County Road 63
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-5853
Email: holli@PaddleHoppers.com

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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.

Hours

Tuesday9am-5pm
Wednesday9am-5pm
Thursday9AM–5pm
Friday9AM–5pm
Saturday9am-3pm
Sunday9am - 12 pm
MondayClosed

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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The Edge Center for the Arts & Gallery - Things to Do in Grand Rapids, MN

The Edge Center for Arts & Gallery

Due to the coronavirus, the gallery is closed. Their 2020 exhibit and events hav...

The Edge Center for the Arts & Gallery - Things to Do in Grand Rapids, MN

The Edge Center for Arts & Gallery

Due to the coronavirus, the gallery is closed. Their 2020 exhibit and events have been canceled.

101 Second Ave
Bigfork, MN

Please call or check out their website for more information
218-743-6670

https://edgecenterarts.org

Gallery Open:Theater:
Temporarily CLOSEDPlease call or check out their website for more information

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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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.

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Thunder Alley XL - Things to Do in Grand Rapids, MN

Bowling

Thunder Alley XL 1401 US-169 Grand Rapids, MN 55744 218-326-5950 Website:

Thunder Alley XL - Things to Do in Grand Rapids, MN

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

 

Lodging

Grand Rapids, Minnesota is the perfect drive destination for a summer vcation. Y...

Lodging

Grand Rapids, Minnesota is the perfect drive destination for a summer vcation. You will find a wide selection of cozy lodging properties to choose from. Economical Motels, conveniently located Hotels, a quaint Bed & Breakfast on Pokegama Lake, many Minnesota Family Resorts located on crystal clear lakes, in town Vacation Rentals and Lake Homes located on crystal clear lakes. You will find lodging properties with a variety of on-site or nearby amenities.

Click to view all of Grand Rapids lodging properties here!

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

*Note: Due to COVID-19 a limit of seating will apply.

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Reif Arts Council Performances

During the summer, The Reif Center presents an Independent Film Series that is F...

Reif Arts Council Performances

During the summer, The Reif Center presents an Independent Film Series that is FREE!  During the COVID-19 outbreak, concerts will be limited to 250 and unique settings like Drive in Concert and Movies in the Parking Lot, Concerts in the Park, Boat in Concerts/Movies, etc. Check out the Events Calendar for more details: https://visitgrandrapids.com/festivals-events/calendar/

218-327-5780
www.reifcenter.org
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The Visitor’s Guide Download

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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!

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