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

2016 Bentleyville Tour of Lights, lights up Duluth


Set-up has already begun, in fact it started at the end of September! It takes a lot of volunteer hours to put up 4 million lights in Duluth’s 20 acre Bayfront Park! There are NEW displays, more lighted tunnels, and Santa will be in a whole new area. The big lighted tree has also “grown” by 50,000 lights!

Lights will start twinkling November 19th. Don’t wait, make your reservations now to make sure you’ve got the best accommodations. Our Duluth Hotel is just 1/2 mile from the festivities.

Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, and popcorn as you walk through each display. Stop by the warm campfires and roast marshmallows. Get your picture taken with Rudolph and of course visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. Don’t forget your ice skates! Weather permitting, the ice rink will be glistening and holiday music will be playing.

Need a little preview? Here’s a short video of the park from 2014.

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

More details:
bentleyvilleusa.org
November 19 – December 26, 2016

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:
bentleyvilleusa.org
November 21 – December 27, 2015