Grand Rapids, Minnesota is located on Hwy 169 North of Mille Lacs
Lake about 50 minutes. Total driving time from St. Paul - Minneapolis would
be about 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Grand Rapids is one of the larger cities in Northern
Minnesota and you can find an abundance of shopping centers and restaurants
as well as hotels, motels, campgrounds and resorts in the area.
A Minnesota Star City
Grand Rapids is located in the heart of Paper Country. Huge Paper Mills
are the main business industry in this area. Blandin Paper Company being
one of the largest.
Aside from showing you the main drags through town, I would like to
bring to your attention some of the off the beat and path things to see
and do. Enjoy Grand Rapids!
Judy Garland Childrens Museum and Store. The Mural on the side of this
building was really neat and stood right out on one of the main drags running
I want to bring your attention to this water tower. There are no words
on it, but it stands out enough to recognize the area. Why I want you to
take notice is that there is a small boat launch at its base. This would
be a perfect spot to drop in a canoe and go for a nice ride in this quiet
waterway called Hale Lake. Also at this landing is a couple of picnic tables
and a few parking spots.
Up around the bend you will come to Blandin Beach! A great spot for
the kids to swim and play! Blandin Beach is located off the main drag through
town. At the corner of 4th St NW and 10th Ave. NW make the turn and the
Beach is about 3 blocks. This is within the area of the Water Tower so
you'll know you are close if you see the tower.
The Forest History Center run by the Minnesota Historical Society is
located just outside of town would be a very educational place to take
in a tour.
The Old Central School - A Unique Marketplace
Not much to say but Great Shopping! Located right off the main drag,
you can't miss this one, she stands right out.
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