Visit Park Rapids Minnesota in the heart of the Minnesota lakes area. Park Rapids resorts welcome you.
Main Street in Park Rapids has not changed much since I went to high school there in the '50's. And I love that it hasn't!
Cars still park in the center of the street; the old-fashioned soda fountain where we danced to the juke box, and the classic movie theater are all still there.
The wide street that accommodates center street parking is a legacy from the logging days in the area. The arrival of the railroad and the establishing of our first state park....Itasca...was the impetus for the arrival of tourists to the area.Park Rapids Minnesota Vacation Planning
Minnesoda Fountain - This is the place where we used to gather back in the day. The soda fountain has been a popular gathering place for more than 80 years. Grab one of the 17 stools and treat yourself!
The Heartland State Trail begins in downtown Park Rapids and continues for forty-nine miles to Cass Lake.
Northern Light Opera Company - From their website: "professional-quality musical theater productions, with live orchestras, excellent scenic & costume design, and fluid staging. Tackling light operas by Gilbert & Sullivan as well as 20th century masterworks by the likes of Rodgers & Hammerstein & Stephen Sondheim, NLOC always attempts to transport its audiences to new worlds of musical delight."
Jasper Jubilee Theater - One mile east on Hwy. 34 this fun theater offers family-friendly comedy. Large parking lot with room for RVs.
Goose Crossing Food and Spirits is a classic Minnesota supper club. You can cozy up to the fireplace in winter and order standards like steak, prime rib, and chicken-fried pork.
Enjoy wild rice casserole at The Good Life Cafe.
The Half Moon Trail Bed & Breakfast and The C'mon Inn are popular favorites. The Heartland Inn also gets great reviews.Minnesota Vacation Rentals are sometimes the best choice for lodging in Minnesota. Many of these properties are on lakes and offer amenities like a boat, swimming beach and more. There are presently four listings for Park Rapids and others in nearby areas.
Visit Park Rapids Minnesota in every season of the year for fun events and celebrations. Enjoy the wild rice casserole at the Good Life Cafe and don't miss Aunt Belle's Confectionary.
Professional Bull Riding - Come in early July for this annual event. Join 30,000 other fans to see bull riding, kid's sheep riding, and enjoy the evening daces.
July 4th Celebrations - Lake flotillas, parade, a concert at Red Bridge Park, and fireworks over the Fishhook River.
Legends & Logging Days - Early August brings Lumberjack & Lumberjill competitions, chainsaw carving, races on the Fishhok River, water fights on Main Street, a sweet corn and burger feed and the Loggers Ball.
October: "Take A Walk on The Wild Side" celebration of Minnesota wild rice with art, music and food.
In Autumn - Take a guided or self-guided tour along the Lake Country Scenic Byway.
Ice Fishing Contest - In early February join thousands of anglers to compete for over $150,000.00 in prizes. Enjoy a weekend of fun including a medallion hunt, and dinner and dancing.
Snowmobiling - Some of the state's most spectacular trails are here including through the Paul Bunyan State Forest, The Chippewa National Forest, and Itasca State Park.
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