Local Area Attractions
Waterfront Sculpture Walk
Offering more than beautiful lake views, Duluth's waterfront is an expression of art. A series of prized sculptures representing the social, cultural and historical values of Duluth and its Sister Cities in Vaxjo, Sweden; Thunder Bay, Ontario; Perozavodsk, Russia; and Ohara, Japan, create a casual stroll through an outdoor gallery of international art. Visit the Waterfront Sculpture Walk online for more information.
Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Climb up into the cab of one of the world's largest steam locomotives and take the throttle of the Yellowstone Class Mallet. Learn more about the history of railroading in Minnesota as you view the "William A Crooks", the state's first steam engine and explore the inside of the oldest known steam rotary snowplow still in existence today. The Lake Superior Railroad Museum has something for everyone!
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is one of the world's largest private holding of important original documents and manuscripts. The Museum features a rotating exhibit designed to focus on 26 documents at any one time. The documents are educational and entertaining.
Here are some more Great Things to do while you are in the area:
- Walking Tours
- Carriage Rides
- Whitewater Rafting Tours
- Port Town Trolley Rides
S.S. William A. Irvin
In her working life, the S.S. William A. Irvin carried rich, red iron ore; she transported dignitaries, the elite and the powerful of the day in her magnificently appointed, wood-paneled staterooms. Now a floating museum, the boat is permanently docked along the Duluth waterfront.
Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center
The spectacular new Harbor Side convention center addition opened in January, featuring panoramic views of Lake Superior and the Aerial Lift Bridge. This, combined with the City Side convention center (100,000 square feet of exhibit space, 8,000 seat arena and 2,400-seat auditorium), offers an incredible convention destination. See the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center online for more information.
North Shore Scenic Railroad
Your train pulls out of the historic Union Depot in downtown Duluth and rumbles through the city, along the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior and deep into the majestic Northwoods. Riding in vintage coaches, you'll cross tall trestles over Northshore rivers that race towards Lake Superior. Visit The North Shore Scenic Railroad online for more information.
Skyline Parkway is a city road that twists and turns at the top of a plateau of which Duluth sits at the bottom of. Rising some 700 feet above the city, it offers some of the most spectacular views of Duluth and the twin ports that normally couldn't been seen unless you were in an airplane. A visit to the northland wouldn't be complete without a drive across Skyline Parkway.
Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center
The Lake Superior Maritime Museum includes film shows, model ships and exhibits featuring the commercial shipping of Lake Superior and the Duluth-Superior Harbor. While there, sit back and enjoy the beautiful gulls, and walk along the canal's piers to its lighthouses.
North Shore Scenic Drive
Beginning at Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive is a journey through an unspoiled wilderness that kisses the sweeping shoreline of the world's largest freshwater lake. The breathtaking cliffs and beaches of Lake Superior's beautiful North Shore are bordered by the Sawtooth Mountains and thousands of acres of pine, aspen and birch trees.
Vista Fleet Harbor Cruises & Dining Experiences
Enjoy wondrous Lake Superior and popular international harbor. During the cruise, you proceed under the famous Aerial Lift Bridge into Lake Superior. Then tour the harbor. To enhance your overall experience, try one of the cruises with a delicious meal. For more information see www.vistafleet.com
Renegade Comedy Center
The only professional theatre company in the Northland devoted exclusively to fun and laughs! Renegade offers original sketch comedy revues every summer and winter, a Comedy Spook Show every Halloween season, and comic productions by established playwrights like Shakespeare, Neil Simon, and Kevin Kline.
Paulucci Space Theatre
The Space Theatre is located in Hibbing, Minnesota. Come see the spectacular shows.