Spend an Afternoon in Charming Park Rapids, MN
Quaint Park Rapids, MN, is widely regarded as one of the state’s most beloved road trips, thanks in large part to its Heartland State Trail gateway, idyllic downtown, and proximity to Itasca State Park. In fact, Midwest Living recently highlighted the area’s charm, recreational opportunities, and historical significance. While historic Little Norway Resort itself acts as the gateway to Itasca State Park’s southern rim, sometimes a short, albeit memorable trip to Park Rapids is just what the family needs to add a little extra flair to an already stellar lakeside vacation.
15 Unique Things to Do in Park Rapids, MN
A week spent on peaceful Little Mantrap Lake should always include three or four hours spent in downtown Park Rapids, especially if you have a penchant for chocolates, antiques, and craft brews. In hopes of enhancing your next sunny escape to Little Norway Resort, we’ve compiled 12 uniquely-Minnesotan things to do in Park Rapids, ranging from wagon rides to shopping and live theater. Enjoy!
Family Resorts near Park Rapids, MN
Little Norway Resort remains one of the most desirable pet-friendly resorts in Minnesota, mainly because of its unique history (it used to be “Camp Lloyd”), private acreage, and heavenly Little Mantrap Lake (a beloved fishing destination). Typically, families spend an entire week or more at Little Norway, which lies 1.5 miles south of Itasca State Park. We are one of only two resorts on the lake, so you can expect nothing less than sheer solitude, still waters, and healthy fishing hauls, regardless of the season. On-site amenities include a sizable private beach, spacious playground area (including sand volleyball courts), an indoor playroom, pontoon rides, patios, Wi-Fi, and complimentary canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards.
To book a long-awaited, well-deserved escape to sunny Park Rapids, please don’t hesitate to check our availability calendar. You won’t find rates this low anywhere else near Itasca State Park!