Follow Park Rapids on Facebook Follow Park Rapids on Twitter Follow Park Rapids on Instagram Follow Park Rapids on Pinterest
Where Beauty & Nature Intersect

June 2016 – Land of happy endings

sunset - 1Catch a memory at the end of a dock or the end of a fishing line or the end of a day. Summer is about dipping your toes in the water, snagging a fish, finishing an ice cream cone or watching a bonfire or a sunset from the beach.

Or start at a beginning: the Mississippi headwaters in Itasca State Park. In 2016, Itasca celebrates its 125th anniversary with special activities for the quasquicentennial, including a-hike-a-month on the North Country Trail, Mysteries in History Hikes, Itasca’s Wildlife Wonders Series, She Had Nerve and a Big Gun-The Mary Gibbs Story and more. Mark your calendar for the weekend of July 31 and celebrate at a birthday party for Itasca.

Akeley’s always first on the calendar of community festivals. This year’s 68th Annual Paul Bunyan Days June 24-26 celebrates the legendary figure and traditions including a giant parade.

The free music series, 2nd Street Stage, invites you to downtown Park Rapids Thursdays, June 16 through Aug. 18 for live bands, a beer garden and family friendly activities. Go to for times and to learn more about the bands who will entertain.

June brings the opening of our fine summer theaters, too. The Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber web calendar guides you to schedules and other local festivities. You will find unique shopping and great places to eat morning, noon and night as well.

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 and unforgettable fireworks display in the Fireworks Capital of Minnesota.

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.


Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber, a Partner of Explore Minnesota Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Northwoods Bank, Partner of Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber Citizen's Bank in Park Rapids, MN Park Rapids Downtown Business Association Park Rapids Lakes Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau