Activities

Adventure reconnaissance: exploration starts here

Latitude: 46.722 • Longitude: -92.186

Scout the St. Louis River basin by kayak or canoe. Sail beneath the lift bridge to our freshwater sea. Hike Spirit Mountain or bike the Waterfront Trail, spying foxes and moose along the way. Let the crackle of a campfire soothe you at day’s end, with the scent of maples and pines on our cool summer breeze. Your wooded campsite on the park-like grounds sits atop this promontory point overlooking Spirit Bay. Just three miles and you’re at the ship canal where ore carriers or Tall Ships navigate the harbor entry. Or seek the solace of the deep woods down our path and on your way. Savor Duluth’s downtown dining and comedy clubs too. Or make us your base camp for Grandma’s Marathon, the Bluesfest, and Airshow. Hidden treasures await.

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Attractions

The Duluth Harbor Cam

Enjoy the view of the big lakers as they pull into Duluth Harbor on the Harbor Cam, or better, visit us and see them in person!

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7 Vista Fleet Sightseeing & Dining Cruises

No trip to Duluth is complete without getting out on Lake Superior. Dinner and sunset cruises available. Tour the harbor and lake, passing ships, ocean-going vessels, and more.

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8 Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

See the film shows, model ships and exhibits featuring commercial shipping activities on Lake Superior and in the Duluth-Superior Harbor.

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9 Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate

At the turn of the last century, attorney Chester Congdon and his wife, Clara, built a home for their family along the rugged shores of Lake Superior. Glensheen is now a historic treasure.

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10 Skyline Parkway

Built during the CCC era, this dramatic 30-mile drive 600 feet above the shoreline offers superb views of Lake Superior, the harbor and Twin Ports.

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11 Vertical Endeavors Outdoor Rock Climbing Facility

A giant lighthouse gives this rock-climbing experience a North Shore feel. Visitors find it by the giant VE logo on their front wall.

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1 Lake Superior Zoo

Just a few blocks from Indian Point Campground, you’ll find Amur tigers, snow leopards, Alaskan grizzly & Kodiak bears, African lions, harbor seals, and more.

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2 Spirit Mountain Adventure Park

Experience the outdoor family fun just a short distance away. The “Timber Twister” Alpine Coaster and “Timber Flyer” Zip Line are available year-round.

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3 Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad

The 90-minute train ride is filled with history, wildlife, and incredible scenery, and you can move about the train as it is traveling.

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4 North Shore Scenic Railroad

With an “All Aboard” and three short whistle blasts, your adventure begins. This narrated train ride takes you through Duluth’s downtown and across North Shore rivers that flow into Lake Superior.

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5 Great Lakes Aquarium

The Great Lakes Aquarium is a hands-on discovery center that encourages guests to explore animals and ecosystems found in the Great Lakes.

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6 Canal Park

Historic Canal Park is home to many unique restaurants and shops as well as Duluth's famous lift bridge.

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Events

For more annual Duluth events, visit the VisitDuluth website.

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Spirit Valley Days

Duluth's largest neighborhood festival. A week of classic car shows, street dances, parades, and the Miss West Duluth Pageant.

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Park Point Art Festival

This annual celebration of art and community is held the last weekend of June on the sandy shores of Duluth’s unique Park Point neighborhood.

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Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival

A weekend of live music, dancing, food, and of course teams rowing their dragon boats to glory on Lake Superior.

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Grandma's Marathon

An entire weekend of running and events leading up to a 26.2 mile marathon ending in Canal Park.

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Duluth Sidewalk Days

Downtown streets are closed for three days, and filled with food, entertainment, and shopping. Events include live music and a classic car show.

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Duluth Lakewalk Festival

Celebrate Duluth’s most scenic walking and biking path, music, vendors, and activities. Kids can participate in a “treasure quest”.

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Duluth Fourth Fest

Duluth's spectacular 4th of July Festival with live music, food, and art all day, punctuated by a fire works extravaganza over the harbor.

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Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival

A celebration of peace through world music, live international artists, food, and more.

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Bayfront Blues Festival

The largest blues and rock music festival in the upper Midwest. An entire weekend of live performances on the shore of picturesque Duluth Harbor.

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