Duluth Travel Blog

Bentleyville’s Lights are Twinkling

Bentleyville 2015

Things are lighting up here in canal park and bayfront park in Duluth, MN! Volunteers are working around the clock to put up over 4 million lights in the 20 acre park just off the shore of Lake Superior.

If you’ve never visited Bentleyville “Tour of Lights”, the magic begins this year on November 21, 2015. Bundle up and enjoy a stroll through the park to view the many lighted displays with various themes. Grab a cup of complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, and popcorn, you can even roast a marshmallow over a warm campfire. Get your picture taken with Rudolph or one of the other reindeer (or all of them if your heart desires). Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. Don’t forget your ice skates! Weather permitting, the ice rink will be glistening and holiday music playing.

As always, this is a free event, although donations are appreciated.

More details:
November 21 – December 27, 2015

Duluth, the perfect fall vacation

2015 duluth mn fall activities
Fall is here and we’re gearing up for a great season. Don’t miss out on what Duluth has to offer this time of year.

Take a train ride up the north shore! (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays)
Enjoy the changing colors as you travel to the historic town of Two Harbors, Minnesota.

Take the whole family to the Adventure Park at Spirit Mountain and enjoy their Alpine Coaster, Zip Line, Mountain Biking, Scenic Lift Rides, Disc Golf, Mini Golf, and more.
*Note, come Halloween the alpine coaster turns into the Terror Twister, with haunted coaster rides.

Get your costumes and head to Boo at the Zoo. This event is great for the whole family, Saturday, October 10th & 17th, 2015, 10 am – 4 pm. Lots of treat stations, hayrides, face painting and more. http://www.lszooduluth.org/visit/events/boo-zoo/

And finally, not for the faint at heart, tour the haunted ship. The William A. Irvin will be transformed, starting October 2nd, 2015. http://duluthhauntedship.com/

Summer on 26 miles of Lake Superior

Summer is full of fun in Duluth, MN. Don’t take my word for it though, last year we were voted one of the best places to live and the best outdoor town! The reason is easy to see since we’re living in a city that stretches 26 miles along Lake Superior, has nearly 7,000 parks, about 200 miles of wooded trails, and multiple trout streams. It’s no wonder we want to be outside!

Here are some upcoming outdoor things you may not want to miss!

Spirit Mountain Bike Park
If you’re a mountain biker you’ll be happy to hear Spirit Mountain is expanding it’s downhill mountain biking and COGGS is building the Duluth Traverse, a 100 miles of bike trails (scheduled to be completed by 2017).

Glensheen is doing a lot of new and fun stuff, concerts on the pier, bonfires and new tours. http://glensheen.org

The Greater Downtown Council is putting on Movies in the Park again. Grab a loved one, a blanket, picnic basket full of popcorn and enjoy the show on the shore of Lake Superior.

August 15th and 16th, enjoy over 180 artist and entertainers from all across the US at the Bayfront Park Art Fair.

Or, for those true outdoorsmen and women, there’s the Sasquatch Scramble Obstacle 5k at Boulder Lake. The slip-n-slide sounds fun, I’m not so sure about the mud crawl…

And those are just a few things to do in Duluth, MN. Stay with us and we can recommend all kinds of adventures in our great city!

Duluth Welcomes Purple Martins

The Purple Martins are here! We’ve teamed up with the Audubon Society to have this special Purple Martin house built so these endangered birds would have a place to colonize in Canal Park. Besides being beautiful birds with a purplish hue, they are great insect eaters (look out flies, wasps, and winged ants).

Here they are in our Purple Martin house here at Canal Park Lodge.

Purple Martins at Canal Park Lodge

Purple Martins at Canal Park Lodge

Learn more at: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/purple-martin