Grand Rapids Area Attractions
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.
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.
Birthplace and Museum
Tall Timber Days Festival
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.
White Oak Fur Post
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.