Relax and stay awhile
Park Rapids may be growing, but some things never change. Visitors are still welcome, whether you're here for a day, a week or a summer. We want you to relax, soak up the small town ambience and appreciate the natural wonders that surround us. On...
Park Rapids may be growing, but some things never change.
Visitors are still welcome, whether you're here for a day, a week or a summer. We want you to relax, soak up the small town ambience and appreciate the natural wonders that surround us.
Once you've stowed the computer and cell phone away, walk out to the end of the dock, catch the breeze and drop your feet in the cool, clear water. Or walk into the woods, smell the fresh pines and listen to the quiet. If you're lucky, a loon will call, but almost certainly a red squirrel will talk to you.
When you're ready for less solitary pursuits, the area has much to offer on and off the water.
You can fish, swim, go tubing or water skiing or hit the waves on a jet ski.
On land, gather up the family for a hike, bike ride or a drive.
Whether the goal is exercise, bird watching or exploring a new place, you won't be disappointed. Remember to bring the camera and binoculars.
New community entry signs will greet visitors along the Lake Country Scenic Byway this summer. Created in 1999, the Lake Country Scenic Byway possesses outstanding natural, recreational and scenic attributes.
Park Rapids marks the midpoint of the designated 88-mile Highway 34 corridor between Detroit Lakes and Walker with a spur on Highway 71 between Park Rapids and Itasca State Park.
North, south, east or west parks, state forests and other public places invite exploration. Pick up a map at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber or Department of Natural Resources offices and head to ATV trails, hiking trails, public lake accesses and other outdoor recreational spots.
A variety of eating establishments offer interesting menus or try cooking over a campfire.
Main Street is not to be missed. Friendly merchants can offer helpful advice, from a gift to take to the neighbor who is watching your house to the best poison ivy remedy.
Park Rapids and our surrounding communities host summer celebrations, inviting you to try new places to find a lot of old-fashioned fun. Parades, carnivals, local arts and crafts, shopping, educational opportunities and more await visitors.
Of course, you can play a round of golf, read a book, go dancing, take in a theater or musical performance, visit our museums or entertain yourself in dozens of other ways while you're here.
New community entry signs will greet visitors along the route of the Lake Country Scenic Byway.
Our Summer Scene is meant to guide you to some possibilities and help you enjoy your stay.