Visit Duluth, Minnesota, and discover a new experience for the whole family by making it your next vacation destination. Duluth, MN is truly a four season city with fine dining, attractions and fun things to do all year. Duluth offers some of the best hiking and biking trails which then turn into phenomenal snow shoeing and cross-country skiing trails when the snow flies. Visitors to Duluth will find so many things to do – boat tours, museums, arts, shopping, swimming, fishing, nature centers, historical sites, and so much more. Relax on the beaches of Park Point or take in a day at the zoo. Discover the Duluth you never knew or forgot existed!
Discounted tickets to the Great Lakes Aquarium, Glensheen, North Shore Scenic Railroad, Lake Superior Zoo, Spirit Mountain Adventure Park, Adventure Zone and the Duluth Children’s Museum may be purchased at the front desk.
Here are the top 11 Duluth MN things to do that we recommend while visiting; some charge admission and others are free (we tried to only pick our top 10 Duluth things to do but there is so much that we just had to share more):
- The best way to see the city of Duluth and Lake Superior in the summer is to take a narrated sightseeing cruise on the Vista Fleet. They offer lunch and dinner cruises as well.
- 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, bike ride or run along the Lakewalk – a Duluth MN version of the boardwalk. (The Duluth MN Edgewater Hotel offers complimentary bicycles seasonally)
- The Lake Superior Zoo is a must see for anyone who loves animals and is open year round.
- Hawk Ridge and the Hartley Nature Center give visitors to Duluth and the area an education on the area’s plants and animals. Donations to help fund various programs are welcome.
- 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 so visitors beware.
- 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 the marine museum.
- While it is only open to registered guests, the Edgewater Hotel & 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.
- The Duluth Depot – St. Louis 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.
- 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.
- The Tweed Museum on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus has free admission and offers a host of exhibits and events. Another free museum is the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. It has the largest collection of manuscripts and documents, including an original Bill of Rights. The kids will love the Duluth Children’s Museum where kids can explore and experience exhibits hands on.
- Duluth’s own ski resort isn’t just for skiers. In addition to skiing and tubing during the winter months, Spirit Mountain also has Adventure Park with a zip line, hiking, biking trails, and the Alpine Coaster that give amazing views of the city.