3 08, 2022

Great Lakes Aquarium

2022-08-05T19:03:21+00:00Activities & Attractions, Duluth|

The Great Lakes Aquarium has been welcoming visitors since 2000 with the mission to "connect all people to the water and wildlife of Lake Superior and beyond". This fun and educational Aquarium is a wonderful family-friendly activity that you can enjoy on your next trip to Duluth. Located in Canal Park, the Aquarium is housed in a unique red and blue building that invites visitors to get up close and personal to marine life. About the Aquarium This educational and interactive Aquarium focuses largely on the Great Lakes basin. However, several areas of the Aquarium also feature saltwater and [...]

8 06, 2022

North Shore Summer Camps

2022-06-14T14:48:39+00:00Activities & Attractions, Duluth, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail/BWCA, Lutsen|

Are you looking for kid-friendly entertainment on your next vacation? Did you know that the North Shore is home to many great day camps and residential camps? In recent years, local day camps have reported more and more attendance by out-of-area kids. Families have learned how to incorporate north shore summer camps into their vacation. It can be a great way for kids to have a unique North Shore experience. And, for adults to have some kid-free time. Taking Advantage of Local Day Camps The North Shore, primarily in the Duluth area, has many summer camp offerings. Exploring the North [...]

2 03, 2022

Live Theater on the North Shore

2022-03-02T21:45:08+00:00Activities & Attractions, Duluth, Grand Marais|

  The 2021/2022 Live Theater on the North Shore season is underway for two popular venues. Live theater is a fantastic addition to any vacation. You get an evening of entertainment while supporting the venues. Venues that have worked hard to keep live theater thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Grand Marais Playhouse, this season is especially important as it marks the Playhouse's 50th Anniversary! Here is your spring and summer live theater on the North Shore line-up at both the Duluth Playhouse (Norshor Theatre and Family Theatre) and the Grand Marais Playhouse. You can also enjoy performances at [...]

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 Tour of Lights

2022-11-30T18:58:59+00:00Activities & Attractions, Duluth|

History of Bentleyville Tour of Lights 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 [...]

1 09, 2020

Ely Tunnel

2022-09-07T21:48:13+00:00Activities & Attractions, Duluth|

Did you know that the North Shore is home to two unique abandoned train tunnels? The most well-known is the Ely Tunnel in Duluth. Located in the Magney-Snively Natural Area, the Ely Tunnel is a 520-foot tunnel that now serves as a popular rock climbing and hiking destination. History of the Ely Tunnel 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. [...]

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