The north offers an Immersion school in nature – lakes, forests and trails – and it’s tuition free. We’ve always been here but in this special time, we treasure our resources more than ever.
Consider the possibilities for adventures like biking, water skiing, kayaking, tubing, trail riding, grilling fresh caught fish or making s’mores over a campfire. Or finds a guide and learn to identify wildflowers, butterflies and birds.
July will begin with a bang. The Rotary Fireworks will brighten our evening on Independence Day this year. The fireworks will differ from tradition in some ways. While the display will still be centered in Heartland Park, Rotary asks everyone to disperse and enjoy the program which is visible throughout the community. Social distancing guidelines will be followed and there will be no restrooms or porta- potties available to the public in Heartland Park or Red Bridge Park. For everyone’s heath and safety, it will be important to understand the situation and respect the rules of the times we’re in.
Itasca State Park facilities are open for the season with some limitations. Park buildings are closed, but some toilets are available throughout the park. Social distancing is in order as the park gets busier. It’s still possible to ride the bike trails and explore the park’s 21 hiking trails. For details, go to https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/park.html?id=spk00181#homepage.
Experience shopping fun in Downtown at Crazy Days Thursday and Friday, July 23 and 24. Thursday there will be entertainment on the stage on Main Street and prizes for the Craziest Face Masks. Sales will continue for more shopping fun on Main Street.
Whenever you’re Downtown, check out the six sculptures scattered on Main and at 2nd and Highway 71, then head to Red Bridge Park to view five more. Park Rapids Sculpture Trail brochures will soon be available at the kiosks in Pioneer Park on the second block of Main and in Red Bridge Park.
Some traditional end-of-July events like Nevis Muskie Days are on hold. Please check with communities’ websites to find out how they may unfold. Northern Light Opera Company fans will be invited to see a virtual production later in the season. Stay tuned.
You always have the option to just stay at the lake to relax, unwind and watch the clouds float by. It’s up to you.
The Chamber Website has all the information you need to put together a memorable vacation or weekend visit. If you want help or have questions, call our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 to learn more.