Whether you are coming to Duluth, MN for business and lodging in one of many fine hotels or bringing the entire family on vacation, here are the top 11 things we recommend while visiting (we tried to only pick our top 10 but there is so much that we just had to share more):
1. The best way to see the city of Duluth and Lake Superior is to take a narrated sightseeing cruise with the Vista Fleet. They offer lunch and dinner cruises as well.
2. Canal Park offers shopping and some of the best dining at the classic Grandma’s Restaurant. You can walk the pier and watch the ships come in and out of the Duluth – Superior harbor beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge. Enjoy a stroll along the Lakewalk – a Duluth version of the boardwalk.
3. The Lake Superior Zoo is a must see for anyone who loves animals.
4. Everybody loves S’mores and the only place in town to do them each night is at the Inn on Lake Superior in Canal Park, right on the shores of Lake Superior. You have to be a registered guest but a night at the Inn will not be disappointing.
5. Glensheen – The Historical Congdon Estate is a mansion of great proportions. Tours are offered daily. Some say the mansion is haunted by Lady Congdon and her nurse, visitors beware.
6. With close proximity to Lake Superior, the Great Lakes Aquarium lets visitors get an up close view of freshwater fish found in Lake Superior and other Minnesota lakes. And while you are in Canal Park, be sure to visit the Lake Superior Marine Museum at the foot of the Aerial Lift Bridge. Admission is free to this museum.
7. While it is only open to registered guests, the Edgewater Resort & Waterpark has northern Minnesota’s only indoor waterpark with slides, lazy river, activity area, zero entry pool and so much more. It is fun for all ages.
8. The Duluth Depot - St. Louise County Heritage & Arts Center – is a train enthusiast’s dream. Now a museum, the Depot has traveling exhibits, the Duluth Playhouse and it is where visitors can ride the North Shore Scenic Railroad.
9. The Duluth – Superior harbor is known for the large ore and grain boats that come in and out of the harbor. Visitors can tour a retired ore boat; the William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum is docked in Canal Park.
10. Visitors can hire a charter fishing boat to go out on Lake Superior and fish for salmon, trout, walleye or a host of other freshwater lake fish.
11. Duluth’s own ski resort isn’t just for skiers. In addition to skiing and tubing during the winter months, Spirit Mountain also has a zip line and the Alpine Coaster that give amazing views of the city.