Recently recognized as one of the best small towns to visit in the USA, Bemidji offers so much to do year-round. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, antique picker, or foodie, there is something for everyone in Bemidji. When you find the perfect stay, you can be just a short drive from all the activities you want to explore yet still immersed in serene peace and tranquility.
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What To Do Outside in Bemidji, Minnesota
If you love the great outdoors, you are in luck in this growing Northwestern town. In addition to being near the gorgeous Lake Bemidji State Park Trails, where you can hike, jog, or bike numerous pathways, our cabins sit right on the picturesque lake. You can even try our complimentary paddle boarding or kayaking for fun in the sun.
First City on the Mississippi
Bemidji is located less than an hour from Lake Itasca, the Mississippi Headwaters. Not only is Lake Bemidji massive, gorgeous, and fed from the river, but you can see where the iconic Mississippi River begins, just a short drive from this beautiful city.
When visiting this iconic, booming city, it's ideal to stay somewhere you can experience the solidarity of Bemidji while still being close to the action of downtown. To learn more about how to stay at a resort with the best of both worlds, contact Clear Vue Resort, located on Lake Bemidji, with vast acreage, newly renovated cabins, amenities, and an unparalleled location.
Dining and Nightlife
Growing every year, Bemidji offers great food, excitement, and one-of-a-kind shopping, all with a Northwoods twist. Catch a game and grab the best burger in Bemidji at Slims Bar and Grill, voted on by locals multiple years in a row, or test out your Axe Throwing skills at Hatchet House of Bemidji, where you can enjoy craft beer and finger foods like a real Lumberjack (or Lumberjill) in between throws.
If you're a craft beer connoisseur (or just enjoy trying local brews), visit Bemidji Brewing, conveniently located in downtown Bemidji. Their Bemidji IPA and German Blonde are local favorites and quickly spread to surrounding cities.
Local Boutiques and Unique Antiques
Small business is a big deal in Bemidji. Antique shops, boutique gift stores, and specialty food purveyors make up beautiful Downtown. While you're walking from shop to shop, be on the lookout for the sculpture walk for the art lovers in your family.
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
One of the most famous sights in Minnesota is the original Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Statues. No trip to Bemidji is complete without seeing this iconic scene that has been a focal point of Bemidji since 1937.
Catch a Hockey Game at Bemidji State University
If you’re a sports fan wondering what to do in Bemidji, you’ll want to check out Sanford Center, which opened just over 10 years ago. With less than 5,000 seats, it is an intimate setting to check out a D1 collegiate hockey team.
Winter Vacation Destination
You read that right. Ever consider a winter vacation? You can enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling, to name a few ways of enjoying the beauty of winter. Bemidji is renowned for its snowmobile trails and has been dubbed “Snowmobile Capital of the North” by Minnesotans as it features hundreds of miles of well-curated trails and a thriving local scene.
Enjoy a truly unique thrill? Register for the Brrrmidji Plunge and jump into the freezing waters of Lake Bemidji, where all money raised through donations goes to a variety of local charities and always stays right in the local community. Don't worry; it's an annual event, and the safety of everyone has always been and will remain the main priority.
Find Out Why We Live Here: What To Do in Bemidji
If you’re visiting the Bemidji area, the best home away from home is undoubtedly a lakeside resort. Whether you prefer to lay on the beach, float in the water, fish, waterski or wakeboard, kayak, paddleboard, or ride the trails (snow or shine), Bemidji truly has something for anyone.
The beauty of these smaller Midwestern towns is the people. (Minnesota nice is very real!) Clear Vue Resort was created and established for nearly a century now by locals active within the community. Enjoy the definition of a home away from home in newly renovated lakeside cabins each equipped with firepits and grills, kayaks and paddleboards, complete kitchens, and a new breathtaking sunset every night.