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Local Attractions Around Sandhaven

     SandHaven Resort is an ideal family vacation destination! Centrally located near numerous historic, scenic, and cultural attractions, the resort is the ideal home base from which to explore our part of Minnesota.

Listed below is a brief description of some of our local attractions. Please click on the blue text below for links to local websites. Once at the resort, please check the guest notebook in your cabin, contact our lodge staff for brochures, or use our wireless internet service for more details regarding each place of interest.

Itasca County Golf Courses

With four 18-hole championship courses and several more 9-hole courses found within Itasca County, you are certain to find a tee-time to suit your needs. You'll find that Northwoods golf offers very affordable golf fees with some of the best values in the Midwest. Click on golf course for link.

Blueberry Hills Golf Course

Blueberry Hills Golf Course

Eagle Ridge Golf Club

Eagle Ridge Golf Club

Golf on the Edge

Golf on the Edge

Pokegama Golf Club

Pokegama Golf Club


Indian gaming casinos are in abundance in our area. Guests will find White Oak Casino in Deer River, Minnesota. Palace Casino in Cass Lake, Minnesota. Northern Lights Casino in Walker, Minnesota. They are all within easy driving distance.

Bowling and Miniature Golf
Rasley's Blueberry Bowl located just north of Deer River, Minnesota on Highway 6 has 10 bowling lanes, the Lucky Strike Lounge, and a large dining room.
Midway Bowling & Mini Golf located on Highway 169 North in Grand Rapids, Minnesota has bowling, a lounge, miniature golf course, and batting cages.

Mississippi Melodie Showboat
Mississippi Melodie provides a unique entertainment experience for the audience. Audiences sit in comfortable stadium seating in an outdoor amphitheater and are entertained by a revival of the music, dance, and humor of the earlier showboat era. The captain brings Mississippi Melodie to the dock, which then becomes the stage. The length of the show is 1 to 2 hours. This vaudeville variety show is produced on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi River in Grand Rapids the last three weekends of July.

Forest History Center
Visitors will step back in time as they walk through a turn-of-the-century logging camp located in Grand Rapids. Find a camp blacksmith, saw filer, clerk, cook, and lumberjacks at the state's only authentic 1900s logging camp. Board the wanigan, take a seat on the porch of a 1930s Minnesota Forest Service patrolman's cabin, or climb the state's only 100-foot fire tower with a live interpretive center. Self guided forest trails are open in the summer as well as in the winter for cross country skiing.

Children's Discovery Museum
The new Children's Discovery Museum opened in June, 2003 on Highway 169 South in Grand Rapids and is the perfect place for families with children of all ages to explore a mix of sciences, arts, and humanities while sparking a joy of discovery about themselves, where they live and the larger world.

Judy Garland Museum
Visit the childhood home of the legendary actress Judy Garland. Grand Rapids now boasts the most extensive collection of Judy Garland memorabilia in the United States. The museum showcases memorabilia from Garland's 45-year career.

Blandin Paper Company Tours
Blandin was founded in 1901 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and employs about 500 people with approximately 2,000 more jobs being indirectly attributable to the company's local operations. Free guided tours and a viewing of a video of the papermaking process are available.

Hill Annex Mine
Discover the history of mining on the Iron Range, vintage machinery, and the beauty of scenic overlooks at the Hill Annex Mine, the world's largest open pit mine that is open for tours.

Lost Forty
Thought to be underwater as part of Coddington Lake, a survey mistake in 1882 saved the land of the Lost Forty. Actually 144 acres, the Lost Forty, located within the 1.6 million acre Chippewa National Forest is one of the few places in Minnesota to experience truly virgin forest land that never has been logged.

Cut Foot Sioux Ranger Station
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, tours are arranged through the Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Information Center.

White Oak Society
The White Oak Society provides living history interpretations of the fur trade era within the Great Lakes region. The 18th Century Fur Post comes alive each year during the first full weekend of August when the White Oak Society sponsors the White Oak Rendezvous and Festival. In January, the Annual White Oak Sled Dog Race is held here.

Myles Reif Performing Arts Center
By bringing dance, theater, music, and popular entertainment to its stage, the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center provides a stage for performing arts in Northern Minnesota.

Macrostie Art Center
Visitors can view exhibits, purchase work from local artists or participate in classes such as woodworking, pottery, and watercolor.

Itasca Heritage Center Museum
Explore the people, places, and resources that make up Itasca County history. The Itasca Mercantile Shop at the entrance to the museum includes American Indian goods, old-fashioned candy, regional history books and Wizard of Oz memorabilia. The museum is located in the Central School along with Auntie Em's Coffee Shop, a Stain Glass Shop, Yarnworks, and other gift shops.

Nordic Ridge
Nordic Ridge is known for its strawberry picking in the summer, pumpkin patch in the fall, and sleigh rides and sliding hill in the winter.

Strawberry and Blueberry Picking
June and July in northern Minnesota mean succulent strawberries and blueberries. Pick your own or buy them fresh-picked! Blueberry Meadows, Lavalier's Berry Patch, Lunemann's Luney Berries Strawberry Farm, and Nordic Ridge Gardens are just a few of the places to check out.

Minnesota Shooting Sports Education Center
The twelve lane, 50-meter range provides shooters with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. The center specializes in airgun, archery, and small bore rifle, although the range can handle handguns up to 50 calibers.

Pheasants Plus Hunting Preserve
Open since 1993, Pheasants Plus offers upland bird hunting and sporting clay shooting for shooters of all skill levels.

Trout Lake Semiprimitive Non-motorized Area & the Joyce Estate
This area offers 6,000 acres of forest with 26 miles of shoreline on 11 lakes. Ten miles of old roads and trails provide for hunting, hiking, or skiing. Visitors can tour the grounds of the Joyce Estate and view the rustic log architecture and stickwork characteristic of the Adirondack tradition.

Soumi Hills
North Soumi Hills is the site of the Day Lake Civilian Conservation Camp (CCC), which became a prisoner of war camp during World War II.

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