Local Attractions

   Itasca Heritage Museum


Marvel at the resourcefulness of the Native American Indians of  this region. Discover how the Mississippi River allowed access to this great land that provided the nation with lumber and iron ore. Admire the life of the immigrants who came to this region with the hope of a good life. Walk the main street of yesterday. Learn about the simple home life of early residents of the area.


Judy Garland Birthplace and Museum

Visit the 1925 birthplace and home of Judy Garland.Stroll through the Leah Miner Wizard of Oz Memorial Garden. You can also visit the Children's Discovery Museum and see the Judy Garland and Wizard of Oz movie collection. Many Judy Garland fans enjoy the annual Judy Garland Festival. This year is the 28th annual festival and will be held June 26-18, 2003.


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 (Aug. 2-3). The festival is days of fun, food, and entertainment for the whole family.



There are seven casinos within easy driving distance of Grand Rapids. These are: Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Black Bear Casino near Cloquet, Che-We - Cass Lake,  Jack Pine Junction - Bemidji, Fortune Bay - Tower, Northern Lights - Walker, and our newest casino, Chief White Crane - Deer River, only 15 minutes west of Grand Rapids. If hitting the casinos is you cup of tea, you can hit a different one every day of the week.

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 Melodie 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; and the fine dinning and beautiful lake view at the newly opened Zorba's Restaurant on Lake Pokegama (by boat from  the resort in a minute or two); and my downtown favorites 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.






 Southwood Resort

32460 Southwood Road

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

(218) 259-8886

Toll Free: 1 888-815-6645


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