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Park Rapids Travel Tips

Park Rapids Vacation Rentals in the Heart of the Minnesota Lakes

Park Rapids is a popular vacation destination, just 20 miles south of the Itasca State Park and at the southern end of the Heartland Trail State Bike Trail. The big open spaces around the Park Rapids Lakes area have hundreds of crystal clear lakes and millions of acres of national forest, creating a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Many of the surrounding farms supplement their income by welcoming visitors to see the daily operations.

Popular Things to Do from Park Rapids Lake Houses

A vacation at Park Rapids is mostly water-oriented. Visitors can rent pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks, pontoons, paddle boats, bikes and fishing boats, and take off for the day. There is also bicycle hire and repair centers for keen bikers who want to cycle the nearby Heartland Bike Trail. Park Rapids is a great place to try something new, such as tubing down a river, waterskiing, star gazing or spotting an American bald eagle. Swimming, ATV riding, sailing, fishing, birdwatching and even golfing can all be found in this area. There are also a number of stables offering horseback riding in the forests.

Treasure hunters and antique lovers will not want to miss the Sommerset Flea Market held every Thursday on Highway 34, just east of Park Rapids. In the summer, there are plenty of events to join in, such as the old-fashioned 4th of July Parade, sailing regattas, music festivals and the Water Carnival.

Minnesota Vacation Rentals Are the Ideal Places to Stay on a Budget

For those trying to enjoy a vacation on a shoe-string budget, Park Rapids Cottages are very affordable, especially for larger families or groups of friends. Cooking outdoors on a BBQ is great fun and much cheaper than dining out. There is a host of free activities in the open air which can all be enjoyed from your home-away-from-home. Go walking, fishing or biking during the day and bring books or games for entertainment after dark. With plenty of space, a comfortable sitting area, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining table and as many beds as you need, Park Rapids cottages can be a fun adventure without all the inconveniences of camping.

Nearby Attractions to Park Rapids Vacation Rentals

Itasca State Park is the home of the source of the mighty Mississippi River as it begins its 2,552-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. The state park, the oldest in Minnesota, has half a million visitors a year who come to enjoy this wilderness sanctuary which is actually a National Natural Landmark. The visitor center is worth stopping at. It will help you plan your day and let you know what excursions and events are planned in the park. Two-hour narrated tours of Lake Itasco can be pre-booked.

For a complete change of scenery, why not visit the Forestedge Winery at Laporte, just 18 miles from your Park Rapids vacation home? Enjoy wine tastings and browse the art gallery there. Other tours in the area include a biodynamic farm and CSA (community supported agriculture) garden and emu ranches. You can even watch milking at the local dairy farm. If you want to learn about bison or pick up some bison meat for the grill, visit the Northland Bison Ranch.

The nearby Hubbard County Historical Museum offers a chance to learn about pioneer and military history in the area with excellent displays and admission is free.

Park Rapids Cottages Weather Guide

Park Rapids can be a fun place to visit at all times of year. In the winter, the area has plenty of snowfall for winter sports while the summer months are warm and sunny, reaching around 80 F (26 C) in July and August. Showers can be expected throughout the year.

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