Grand Marais, Minnesota

Voted Coolest Small Town in America by Budget Travel, 2015

The charm of Grand Marais is that it is a village with a lot to do, but you can do nothing at all. Grand Marais is home to a deep and varied arts community, a multi-generation group of locals who still log and fish and provide services, and all the restaurants, shops, lodging and attractions visitors’ desire. With the big lake at its doorstep and Superior National Forest for a backyard, outdoor opportunities abound.

 

 

Things to do in Grand Marais

Cook County Community YMCA
Cook County Community YMCA

105 West 5th Street | Grand Marais, MN 55604

The Y is a full service facility complete with basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, indoor track, Kid’s Club, kids play room, lap pool with a zero depth play area, water slide, whirlpool, sauna, weight room, cardio room, group fitness studio,… see more

The Y is a full service facility complete with basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, indoor track, Kid’s Club, kids play room, lap pool with a zero depth play area, water slide, whirlpool, sauna, weight room, cardio room, group fitness studio, showers, family changing rooms, and meeting space. Youth, adult and family day passes. Visitors welcome!

North House Folk School

500 West Highway 61 | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Engage in hands-on learning through over 400 classes each year – blacksmithing to woodworking, bread baking to weaving, timberframing to basketry! Stop by campus to browse the school store, sail on Lake Superior on the schooner Hjordis, or see live… see more

Engage in hands-on learning through over 400 classes each year – blacksmithing to woodworking, bread baking to weaving, timberframing to basketry! Stop by campus to browse the school store, sail on Lake Superior on the schooner Hjordis, or see live crafting in action. The school’s mission is to enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that enspires the hands, the heart, and the mind.

Office Outpost Coworking

15 Broadway | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Need a quiet place to work while you’re in town? Office Outpost is a coworking facility downtown Grand Marais that offers short and long term space for remote workers. You can book time online, install an app to open the… see more

Need a quiet place to work while you’re in town? Office Outpost is a coworking facility downtown Grand Marais that offers short and long term space for remote workers. You can book time online, install an app to open the door, and you’re set to work when you arrive! Prices start at $5 an hour. 24 hour access.

Arrowhead Center for the Arts

51 west 5th Street | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Home of the North Shore Music Association and the Grand Marais Playhouse

Home of the North Shore Music Association and the Grand Marais Playhouse

Cook County Historical Society

8 South Broadway | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Operates out of the Lighthouse Keeper’s House and runs the Johnson Heritage Post log gallery, old Chippewa Church, has a replica Fish house, an original 1935 commercial fishing tug, and is renovating the old Bill Bally Blacksmith shop.

Operates out of the Lighthouse Keeper’s House and runs the Johnson Heritage Post log gallery, old Chippewa Church, has a replica Fish house, an original 1935 commercial fishing tug, and is renovating the old Bill Bally Blacksmith shop.

Grand Marais Art Colony

120 West 3rd Street | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Art classes, workshops, studio access, events and a wonderful small shop.

Art classes, workshops, studio access, events and a wonderful small shop.

Grand Marais Public Library

104 2nd Avenue West | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Open Monday through Saturday, stop by to see what is on the events calendar. Free book exchange and Library Friends Books sale rack.

Open Monday through Saturday, stop by to see what is on the events calendar. Free book exchange and Library Friends Books sale rack.

Stops Along the Way

 

Cut Face Creek Wayside (mile marker 104.0)

Pick up treats in town and picnic shoreside at this lovely little stop. Include a stop 0.5 mile to the west at the scenic overlook for views of Seagull Rock in the foreground, Grand Marais in the distance and Lake Superior everywhere

 

 Pincushion Mountain Overlook & Trails (mile marker 109.2+)

Mountain bike ride, hike, ski and snowshoe the Pincushion Mountain trails, or just enjoy the panoramic overlook from the parking area; drive north .7 miles on 5th Ave W, then left on the Gunflint Trail 1.5 miles, then right on Pincushion Drive .2 miles.

 

Welcome to the Gunflint Trail (mile marker 109.4+0

Pose in front of the old entrance to the Gunflint Trail, arched on the north side of the highway near the library. Did you know the library has an assortment of books for sale and for free?

 

The Harbor (mile marker 109.5+)

Skip stones, gaze, look for an agate, bliss out, watch for a flock of seagulls and see if it is following Harley, the local commercial fisherman, into his docks.

 

Walk About Town (mile marker 109.6+)

Park out on Artist Point, follow the beach around the harbor, walk the covered bridge into the campground, wind your way through, skirt Lake Superior and climb to Sweetheart’s Bluff. Feeling invigorated after the downhill return? Walk the 3-mile round-trip paved Gitchi Gami trail westward out of town to the cemetery and distant lake views before returning downtown.

 

Artist Point (mile marker 109.6+)

Artist Point is the island and tombolo [connector] that makes up the east side of the harbor and leads out to the east breakwall and lighthouse; a drop of wilderness in the lake. And so inspiring!

 

For more Things To Do, click on specific choices under Activities, Attractions and Events