Find many things to do in Bemidji near BSU and the lake

From the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bemidji, MN you have easy access to northern Minnesota’s best things to see and do, including Lake Bemidji, located just behind our hotel. Adjacent to the hotel, the Sanford Center is the home ice for the Bemidji State University Beavers men’s and women’s hockey teams. The university itself is a seven-minute drive, making our hotel rooms an ideal home base for BSU parents and prospects. But there’s more to the city than photo ops with the legendary Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

In the spring, attend the annual Spring PowWow to see dancers in full regalia. Check the calendar to see if your visit coincides with one of the eight International Day cultural festivals hosted by the Concordia Language Villages. Head to Chippewa National Forest and make a point of visiting Camp Rabideau, one of only three Civilian Conservation Corps camps being preserved. For more information about what’s happening in the area, check the Chamber of Commerce events calendar.

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Itasca State Park

23.65 mi / 38.06 km from the hotel
See where the Mississippi headwaters begin their journey to the Gulf of Mexico or wander beneath old growth pines at Minnesota’s oldest state park. Explore lakes, spot wildlife, and hike trails in the Wilderness Sanctuary, a National Natural Landmark.

Headwaters Science Center

1.44 mi / 2.32 km from the hotel
Spend time exploring more than 70 hands-on exhibits designed to teach scientific principles and concepts at this science center. You can make a harmonograph picture, feed snakes, and learn about the fish in a 210-gallon saltwater aquarium.

Lake Bemidji State Park

5.1 mi / 8.21 km from the hotel
A year-round playground, this park on the northern shore of the lake is home to rare lady’s slippers, insect-eating sundews, and dragon’s mouth plants. You can hike, swim, stroll a boardwalk along a conifer bog, or see an occasional black bear.

Beltrami County Historical Society

1.37 mi / 2.21 km from the hotel
Preserving the area’s proud history and heritage, the facility includes educational tours and interactive exhibits detailing the first settlers, the history of music and entertainment, and the county’s changing landscape.

Bemidji State University

1.61 mi / 2.59 km from the hotel
Located on the shores of Lake Bemidji, this public university is quickly making a name for itself through rigorous writing programs, which feature courses in Weblogs, wikis, and content writing. The BSU Beavers hockey teams are also well known.

Forestedge Winery

20.39 mi / 32.82 km from the hotel
This winery sits right on the edge of the Paul Bunyan State Forest. Sip rhubarb wine while you walk through the gardens or relax on the cobblestone patio.

George W. Neilson Convention Center

0.02 mi / 0.03 km from the hotel
Located in the Sanford Center complex, this convention center can accommodate 1,000 people for banquets, receptions, trade shows, and other events.

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Statues

1.28 mi / 2.05 km from the hotel
Celebrate Bemidji’s lumberjack history by taking a picture with this iconic statue of the hometown hero, Paul Bunyan, and his faithful companion, Babe.

Paul Bunyan Mall

3.04 mi / 4.89 km from the hotel
Visit this mall to peruse the wares of favorites like JCPenney and Kohl’s. If you’re feeling crafty, drop by Hobby Lobby, and then stop off at Dairy Queen to celebrate a successful shopping spree with a Blizzard.

Sanford Center

0.02 mi / 0.03 km from the hotel
Home to the Bemidji State Beavers hockey team, the Sanford Center also hosts concerts, rodeos, graduations, and other events throughout the year.

The Chief Theater

1.37 mi / 2.2 km from the hotel
See professional summertime shows at the renowned Historic Chief Theater, known for its quality shows and for casting both local and national actors.