Grand Rapids Area Attractions


Itasca Heritage Museum

Explore the people, places and resources that make up Itasca County history. The Itasca Heritage Museum captures the flavor of the turn of the century and the stories of the people, places, and resources that shaped this region. Come and explore with us the Woolly Mammoth during the Ice Age, marvel at the resourcefulness of the Ojibwe, the first inhabitants of this area. Wonder at the variety of cultures represented by the immigrants who came to the new country.  See with the eye of a photographer (Eric Enstrom from Bovey, MN) who took the famous picture, "Grace". Discover how the Mississippi River allowed access to this great land that provided the nation with lumber and iron ore. Learn about the life of CK Blandin, his paper company that still operates today and his contribution to the paper and logging industry. And new to the museum is the Itasca County Barns exhibit which shows a nice collection of     barns found throughout the Itasca County area. Each family barn has a written oral history and artifacts to go along with the photographs.


Children's Discovery Museum


The mission of the Children's Discovery Museum is to enrich the lives of the children in Northern Minnesota through fun, educational, and hands-on learning experiences, and to spark the joy of discovery through the exploration of science, arts, and humanities.

Judy Garland Birthplace and Museum



Tall Timber Days Festival

Come join with us in celebrating Grand Rapid's logging heritage. Enjoy the lumberjack show, chainsaw carving, canoe races, wagon rides, bed races, turtle races, duck races, 5k and 10k races, bingo, street dance, children's activities, the parade, great food, and the areas largest arts and crafts fair. The festival is always the first weekend in August. The festival is days of fun, food, and entertainment for the whole family.

Forest History Center

White Oak Fur Post

There's Something for Everyone in Grand Rapids

There are many more exciting activities and attractions in and around Grand Rapids. For those with the taste for arts and entertainment, Myles Reif Performing Arts Center, Mississippi Melody Showboat, and the MacRostie Art Center.

There are many fine dining establishments in and around the Grand Rapids area. Several of these fine establishments are within only a few minutes of Southwood Resort. You won't want to miss the "to die for" prime rib at the Cedars Dining Room at the Sawmill Inn; the finger lickin BBQ Ribs at Forest Lake; the sports bar atmosphere and beautiful lake view at Zorba's Restaurant on Lake Pokegama (by boat from  the resort in a minute or two); and other local favorites Toivos, Ground Round and Applebee's to name a few.

You will find several national chain stores as well as many unique local merchants offering a delightful variety to your shopping day. Visit the wide variety of specialty shops where you will find that special gift or souvenir. Stroll the Central Square Mall where you will find a variety of delightful shops.



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