Things to Do in Itasca State Park All Year Round

things to do in itasca

If you’re looking for an adventurous weekend or day trip, check out Minnesota’s very first state park, Itasca! It’s less than two hours away from Fargo and is full of opportunities for family fun all year long.  

Itasca State Park

Where to Stay

Whether you’re searching for modern convenience or a rustic camping experience, Itasca State Park has you covered.

Within the park, there are a variety of cabins, lodge rooms, and suites available for rental, along with over 200 campsites to fit whatever level of adventure you’re looking for. 

Reservations for camping and lodging can be made 120 days in advance, so mark your calendar for six months before your anticipated trip to get first pick!  

Looking for hotel options? Check out Bemidji or Park Rapids, both about a 30 minute drive from the park.

Year Round Optionsthings to do in itasca

No matter what time of year, the Headwaters to the Mississippi River is definitely a highlight of Itasca. 

Some other popular attractions are the visitor center and museum, fire tower, and numerous hiking trails. 

Naturalist programs also run year round, and there are several programs specifically geared toward kids and families. Check out the Itasca State Park events calendar to see all they have to offer!

Fall Activities

Itasca is a wonderful place to enjoy the beauty of fall. Take a hike on one of the many wooded trails, or enjoy a 10-mile wilderness drive to take in the views. 

For those who enjoy an adventure, climb to the top of the fire tower to see the colorful leaves from above! 

And fall is a great time to camp at Itasca — but be prepared for chilly nights and mornings.  

Winter Activities

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are very popular in the winter at Itasca. 

There are also 31 miles of designated snowmobiling trails.

The four-season suites are available to rent in the winter, and some campsites are available year-round as well. And there is also a warming house at the visitor center.  

Spring and Summer Activities

Once the weather warms up, take advantage of the swimming beach, multiple outdoor play areas, hiking trails, and scenic viewpoints. 

Looking for more adventure? Itasca Sports has for kayaks, bikes, and more available to rent from Memorial Day until Labor Day.  

There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Itasca State Park no matter what time of year. Keep this piece of Minnesota history in mind when you’re planning your next family road trip!

And looking for more to do in Northern Minnesota? Check out Bemidji and get tips from our post Things to Do with Kids in Bemidji, MN.
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Hannah Osland
Hannah is a proud mom to Walter (2022), and is married to her loving husband Jordan. Originally from the Twin Cities, Hannah relocated to Fargo in 2018 and currently resides in Moorhead. Hannah has had the privilege of being a foster mom to two wonderful children. As a hospice RN, she is passionate about promoting comfort, meaning, and joy across all stages of life. Her happy place is sitting next to any body of water with a hot cup of coffee and a great book.


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