Top 10 Adventures and World-Class Recreation


View from Enger Tower

view from Enger Tower

It’s no longer a secret. Duluth is one of the best places to go for outdoor recreation. While Duluthians have been enjoying all there is to offer, we have kept this knowledge a little hush-hush over the years. Perhaps it’s just a part of being Minnesota-nice not to brag about all the fun we’re having in our own backyard. Or maybe we’ve just been busy with all of the efforts to enhance access, build connecting trails, create guided tours, educate, and make our environment a priority. Probably all of the above.

So how do you decide what to do when you’re just here for a short visit?

Top 10 Adventures & some World-Class Recreation!
This is not a complete list by any means, but Duluth has evolved from a cool place to visit in the summer to a year-round adventure. Here are our top ten favorites in no particular order.

  1. Kayaking Lake Superior
  2. We can’t stress enough how awesome these guided kayaking trips are, no matter your experience level. No need to pack any equipment or plan a route. See Duluth, Lake Superior, and the big ore boats from a whole new vantage point.
    The Duluth Experience St. Louis River Kayak Tours
    Day Tripper of Duluth Kayak Tours

  3. Kayak or Canoeing the St. Louis River
  4. The St. Louis River is a hidden gem. It’ll remind you of the Boundary Waters with it’s clean water, shoreline with big pines, secluded feeling, and wildlife.
    The Duluth Experience St. Louis River Kayak Tours
    Day Tripper of Duluth Canoe Tours

  5. Mountain Biking
  6. Duluth has some of the most diverse mountain biking around with it’s incredible views, interconnected trails, beginner to expert experience levels and types of trails.
    Coggs Duluth Traverse Trails
    The Duluth Experience Mountain Biking Adventures
    Spirit Mountain Downhill Trails

  7. Rock Climbing
  8. Amazing climbs throughout Duluth, from beginner to expert and even some world-class climbing just outside the city limits!
    Climb Duluth has details on all the best climbs including bouldering.
    Don’t let the rain spoil it. Check out Vertical Endeavors right in Canal Park.

  9. Hiking
  10. There are too many trails to list or count! Again the diversity of trails is astounding. Want to hike on a sandy beach? Check. Want to hike up a (small) mountain? Check. Maybe up a tower or out to a lighthouse, over rocky terrain, or through giant pine stands? Check all of the above and more.
    Visit Duluth Parks & Trails – Hiking Trails

  11. Touring the sights
  12. Explore Duluth by foot and see the heart of downtown, the charm of Canal Park, and the beauty of the Lakewalk. Take a guided tour and learn about Duluth’s past, present, and future!
    The Duluth Experience Walking Tours

  13. History (Glensheen)
  14. Whether you’re a history buff or just enjoy learning about the past; Duluth has a vibrant and unique story that will surely be entertaining and interesting to young and old.
    The Duluth Experience History Tours
    Glensheen Tours

  15. Walking the Lakewalk & watching the ocean going ore boats
  16. It’s almost like living on the ocean, minus the salt and possible shark attacks! Walk along the pier and be up close to the big ships that come in. In the summer you can even watch sail boat races (weather permitting).
    Duluth Shipping Schedule
    Visit Duluth Lakewalk

  17. Running
  18. Walking and hiking is great, but what if you want to run? With Duluth’s extensive trail system, lakewalk, park point, north shore scenic highway and variety of races, you will not be disappointed. Enjoy the sights and get a great workout. Check out Duluth Running for advice, race schedules, apparel, and more.

  19. All things Spirit Mountain
  20. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, fat-tire biking, mountain biking, alpine coaster, zip line, mini golf, disc golf, jumping pillow, camping, and more!
    Spiritmt.com

The Glensheen like you’ve never seen it before!


Butler from Glensheen promoting their newest Servants Tour

Butler from Glensheen promoting their newest Servants Tour

Maybe I’m just a little swept up in the popular T.V. series Downton Abbey, or maybe it’s the fact that Glensheen has created multiple new tours. I don’t know, but there’s a whole new excitement in the air!

You can tour the full mansion, see it by flashlight, explore it’s shore by kayak, marvel at it’s grandeur at Christmas, and even examine the life of the Glensheen servants. My personal favorites are the gardens, carriage house, and sunroom.

Another great way to tour the Glensheen is a self guided tour. These tours truly provide the best of both worlds. Rather than following a guide through the Mansion, you can move through the mansion at your own pace, spending as much or as little time as you would like in each room. Knowledgeable tour guides are stationed in every room and hallway ready to answer questions.

Whether you love the history or want to pretend you’re on the set in a Duluth version of Downton Abbey, I know you’ll have a great time. Stop by the front desk here at Canal Park Lodge for discount tickets for their Classic Tour.

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.
http://northshorescenicrailroad.org/exspecial.html

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.
http://spiritmt.com/adventure-park-activities/
*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!