Culture, Nature, Legends & Lore
The first city on the Mississippi River, Bemidji is an #OnlyinMN destination defined by its small town charms and north woods beauty. Discover vibrant culture, local lore, outdoor adventure and much more in the heart of northwest Minnesota.
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox may be the stuff of tall tales, but their story began in Bemidji—and oh, how it grew from there. An 18-foot statue of the legendary figure stands (flannel, ox and all) along the shore of Lake Bemidji.Read More
Top Things to See & Do
A selfie with Babe the Blue Ox is just the start of your exploration of Bemidji. Here, you’ll find art galleries, live theater, great dining, a local brewery and plenty of outdoor fun.Read More
The Mississippi Headwaters
From Bemidji, it’s about a 25-mile drive south through the woods to Itasca State Park, where the mighty Mississippi begins its journey as a small wilderness stream at Lake Itasca.Read More
Experience the Arts
From indigenous art to local theater, Bemidji inspires brilliance. Find locally made pottery, beadwork, rugs and more, and take in a local performance showcasing Bemidji’s creative spirit.Read more
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