It’s daylight until after 9 o’clock in the evening and watching the sunset over the lakes and pines just might leave you breathless. As the summer solstice nears, there’s plenty of daylight to play at the beach, on the water or in the north woods.
At Itasca State Park, you can walk across the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River as it flows out of Lake Itasca on its 2,552-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Park naturalist programs invite learning about the area’s flora and fauna, history and geological wonders. Park naturalists also offer series for kids and families: Pack-a-Snack Story Hikes are stroller friendly and geared to kids ages 2-6, Circle Time Under the Pines is for children ages 2-5 and Outdoor Kids is designed for kids of all ages. For information, call 218-699-7251 or go to www.mndnr.gov/Itasca.
The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber website calendar guides you to local events and festivals. June brings the opening of summer theater and other live entertainment, too. You will find unique shopping and great places to eat morning, noon and night.
The free music series, 2nd Street Stage, invites you to downtown Park Rapids Thursdays, June 19 through Aug. 21 for live bands, a beer garden and family friendly activities. Go to www.parkrapidsdowntown.com for times and to learn more about the bands who will be playing.
If you have never stayed here for a 4th of July weekend, a slice of Americana awaits with an old-fashioned parade, band concert on the river, unforgettable fireworks display and much more. Professional Bull Riding brings thrills, chills and spills to the arena July 10, 11 & 12.
The Park Rapids area welcomes you any time. If you need help planning a memorable and affordable visit, need more information about the area or have questions, call our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 to learn more.