15 10, 2021

Duluth Children’s Museum

2021-11-16T02:38:59+00:00Activities & Attractions, Duluth|

The Duluth Children’s Museum was created in 1930 to be a place where children are free to learn and imagine. Their mission is to engage children in hands-on learning through creative play and interactive exhibits. History of the Children's Museum The museum was established by Mabel McKinney Wing in 19030 as a resource for children and teachers during the Great Depression. She wanted children to be able to access educational opportunities beyond the resources of the school. The museum was originally located in a classroom in the Salte school until 1954. In 1954 the Chisholm Family offered their home at [...]

7 10, 2021

Duluth Haunted Ship

2021-10-25T16:52:29+00:00Activities & Attractions, Duluth, Spooky Places on the North Shore|

Duluth Haunted Ship is BACK! For many years, for the month of October, the William A Irvin is transformed into the Haunted Ship. However, it's been a few years since the Irvin has welcomed ghouls, ghosts, and other creatures of horror. Luckily, this year, Duluth Haunted Ship once again returns to Canal Park! It's Been Three Long Years! The Haunting of the William A Irvin was an area hit for years until 2018. That year, the William A Irvin was moved from the Minnesota Slip in Canal Park to dry dock in Superior, Wisconsin. She made her move in September, [...]

24 06, 2021

Returning in 2021

2021-06-28T14:54:22+00:00Duluth, Events & Holidays, Grand Marais, Hovland/Grand Portage, Lutsen, Schroeder/Tofte, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Last week, we were overjoyed that Grandma's Marathon returned to Duluth after being canceled in 2020. Seeing the runners was a welcoming sight to see! This weekend, we are excited to see the return of the Lutsen 99er. Already, the North Shore has seen the return of several popular events. Now, we are pleased to announce that there are several popular events and festivals along the North Shore that are returning in 2021! Festivals in Cook County (Grand Marais, Grand Portage, Hovland, Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder) According to the Visit Cook Count Events Calendar, things are really hopping up in Cook [...]

3 06, 2021

Canal Park

2021-06-03T17:55:54+00:00Activities & Attractions, Duluth|

Canal Park is one of the most visited areas of Duluth. Home to iconic Duluth landmarks like the Aerial Lift Bridge and William A Irvin, Canal Park offers a wide variety of activities to do. You could easily spend a day, or even a week, at Canal Park and still never run out of things to do. This article focuses on the areas on and around Canal Park Drive and South Lake Street. Here are our favorite things to do in Canal Park. Take a Tour on the William A Irvin The SS William A Irvin is a decommissioned iron [...]

16 11, 2020

King of Neptune Statue

2021-02-22T17:05:43+00:00Duluth, History|

Once upon a time, a 26-foot gold-colored statue once reigned over Canal Park in Duluth. A popular tourist attraction, The King of Neptune Statue was gifted to Duluth in 1959 to honor the city's designation as a Foreign Trade Zone and the furthest inland freshwater seaport in all of North America. Then, in just a matter of minutes, a freak accident destroyed the statue forever. What happened to the King of Neptune, and how did Canal Park look when he was around? A Prized History In 1959 the Modern Seaway opened which allowed Duluth to be Designated as a Foreign [...]

1 10, 2020

Bentleyville

2021-02-19T16:48:02+00:00Activities & Attractions, Duluth|

History of Bentleyville Back in 2001, Esko resident Nathan Bentley decided to decorate his home with some Christmas lights he picked up.  Over the next few years, his light display grew and became more elaborate.  In 2004 they starting calling the display "Bentleyville". People from all over the Northland would drive out to his new home in Cloquet to experience Bentleyville firsthand.  Nathan decided to create a true Christmas experience with Bentleyville. He added firepits for visitors to gather around roasting marshmallows, and a Cookie House with free cookies, hot apple cider, and coffee. A Growing Light Display As Bentleyville [...]

1 09, 2020

Ely Tunnel

2021-10-11T21:30:43+00:00Activities & Attractions, Duluth|

During the height of the iron ore boom, train transportation of raw materials from the Iron Range in north-central Minnesota to the port towns along Lake Superior was an essential element in a successful industry.  Every day, all across Northern Minnesota, trains barreled through the landscape, a sign of prosperous times.  Being one of the first railways to run into the area, The Duluth, Mesabi, and Iron Range Railroad took the most direct path into Duluth.  So when The Duluth, Winnipeg, and Pacific Railway, which connected Virginia, MN with a yard in West Duluth, came through a few years later, it [...]

1 07, 2020

4th of July

2021-02-25T16:51:20+00:00Beaver Bay/Silver Bay/Finland, Duluth, Events & Holidays, Grand Marais, Hovland/Grand Portage, Schroeder/Tofte, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

The 4th of July on the North Shore is as fun and festive as you can imagine.  With activities, parades, and firework shows all along the Lake Superior shoreline.  Wherever you are, you probably aren’t far from a 4th of July Celebration.  Here’s a list of happenings around the area. In Cook County  Tofte: Tofte is the place to be in Cook County on the 4th of July! A full day of events including live music, fabulous food, a beer garden, bingo, a craft show, and minnow races.  It all starts with the Annual Tofte Trek 10k Trail Run. There’s [...]

1 06, 2020

Grandmas Marathon

2021-02-25T16:54:01+00:00Duluth, Events & Holidays, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Many visitors to the North Shore enjoy a morning run or casual hike to get their day started. In fact, there are a few races throughout the year along the shore to celebrate these popular forms of recreation. With that in mind, each June the Grandmas Marathon starts in Two Harbors and ends in Duluth. Since 1977 Grandmas Marathon has been bringing an estimated 18,000 participants for its three-race weekend – the 26.2-mile Grandma’s Marathon from Two Harbors to Duluth’s Canal Park, the 13.1-mile Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon also on Saturday, and the 3.1-mile William A. Irvin 5K, which is [...]

3 01, 2020

SS William A Irvin

2021-02-25T18:28:35+00:00Activities & Attractions, Duluth, History, Spooky Places on the North Shore|

The SS William A Irvin is a freighter that was named after William A Irving The Vice President of U.S. Steel. She was a flagship of the company fleet from her launch in the depths of the depression in 1938 until 1975 and then was a general workhorse of the fleet until her retirement in 1978. The SS William A. Irvin is a well-maintained example of a classic laker, and a prime example of a straight decker, as she has no self-unloading system. History She was launched 21 November 1937 at the yards of the American Ship Building Company in Lorain, Ohio. [...]

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