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Seek serenity lakeside with the loons calling from the morning mist. Explore your wild side biking or hiking through the jack pine Northwoods. Tiptoe across the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Stroll the delightful shops on Main in Park Rapids. Discover Dorset the “Restaurant Capital of the World.” Fish on over 400 area lakes. Play golf at an area golf course. Bring your ATV or snowmobile and ride hundreds of miles of trails. Ride your motorcycle along the Lakes Country Scenic Byway, through Itasca State Park and down Route 113.

Arts & Entertainment

The Heartland Lakes area has a thriving arts and music scene with numerous live music performances, numerous art galleries, engaging theater entertainment, an opera performance each summer, and can’t miss annual arts events.


Life is better when we take the time to indulge simple pleasures. The rich scent and flavor of a delicious meal you didn’t have to cook. The first sip of a cold beer on a summer day. The pure joy of kids in a candy store. From hometown cafes to fine dining and java to vino, our area dining scene offers a variety of cuisines and experiences to fulfill your cravings and fuel your soul.


Every great story and cherished family tradition starts with a shared experience. Dare to discover new things together and you may find memories that last a lifetime.


Discover one-of-a-kind stores and unique products throughout the Heartland Lakes. The area offers a wide selection of stores featuring everything from sporting goods, clothing, and souvenirs to furniture, books, and treats. Explore great options for “Up North” shopping. Watch delectable fudge being made right before your eyes. Find a treasure in one of our antique or thrift stores.

And don’t forget to check out one of Minnesota’s Most Charming Main Streets in downtown Park Rapids, where wide streets, middle parking, and delightful shops leave a lasting impression.

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