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

Don’t Shrug Off Shoulder Season: The Ideal Time to Travel

The calendar continues to flip by as the last few drops of summer squeeze out. Kids are returning to school, schedules are normalizing, fall is in the air, and vacations are coming to a halt.

Or are they?

Shoulder season is that sweet spot between high and low vacation times – i.e. summer and winter.

Fall shoulder season is one of the best times to travel, especially if you’re looking to enjoy a Park Rapids getaway. Lodging is cheaper, reservations are easier to come by, and crowds are thinner. Not only can you snag great deals, but you’ll experience some of Minnesota’s best weather for hiking, camping, biking, and other outdoor adventures. And have you seen the gorgeous Minnesota scenery in the fall? Enough said.

So why should you spend your shoulder season in Park Rapids?


Beautiful Fall Colors

September is the prime month to see the leaves change in the Park Rapids Lake Area. Grab your bike and go for a ride through the trails or simply strap on your walking shoes and take a stroll around one of the lakes. No matter where you go, you’re in for a fall foliage treat.

This beautiful fall colors picture was sent in to our 2016 photo contest by Tracy Holte Wright.

This beautiful fall colors picture was sent in to our 2016 photo contest by Tracy Holte Wright.


Ideal Weather Conditions

Summer heat is perfect for lounging by the pool and soaking up the sun, but there’s something refreshing and rejuvenating about the crisp fall air. It’s perfect for early morning runs, mid-afternoon hikes, and late night bonfires. You can enjoy all your favorite summer activities without the sweltering heat and humidity.


Awesome Deals

Resorts, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, cabins, and restaurants all save some of their best deals for shoulder season. Why? Because fewer people are around, which is a win-win for you: cheaper deals and fewer crowds.


Whether you’re looking for a beautiful hotel with all the amenities to make a family weekend flawless, or you want to immerse yourself in nature a bit more by renting a cabin, Park Rapids has it all. Check out our hot deals page for the latest bargains in the area.

Looking for things to do while on your fall vacation? Look no further. Just because summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean your vacation time has to!  


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