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Things To Do in Duluth

Vista Fleet

Vista Fleet Excursions

The Vista Fleet provides narrated 1.5 hour sightseeing cruises, lunch cruises, weekend brunch cruises, two hour dinner cruises, and Saturday moonlight cruises. All are entertaining. Dinner cruises feature prime rib and chicken. All cruises will take you close to light houses, ocean going ships, etc.
Directions: Take the I-35 Exit 256B located
on Harbor Drive between the Great Lakes Aquarium and
William A. Irvin.

sswilliam

S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum

Ph: (218)727 0022, ext. 234

At one time the flagship of the inland fleet of ore carrying ships, now an amazing walking tour of mid-century technologies. Big triple expansion steam engine. Similar design to the famous wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Tour takes about an hour.
Directions:
I - 35 exit either Lake Avenue or 5th Avenue West to Harbor Drive. It’s a big red thing, several hundred feet long, with white deckhouses and a silver and black smokestack.

Glensheen

Glensheen Estate


3300 London Road Duluth Minnesota 55804
Ph: (218)726 8910 Toll free: (888)454 GLEN

Old empire-building plutocrat’s mansion open for public tours. Thirty nine rooms. All original custom furnishings. Formal gardens. Actual ‘Clue’ murder site...intruder killed owner with candlestick in the bedroom. Also a Hollywood movie location for “You’ll Like My Mother,” a 70’s Patty Duke thriller.
Directions:
I - 35 North to end, then right on London Road about a mile. Mansion on right.

GLA

Great Lakes Aquarium

353 Harbor Drive Duluth, MN 55802
Ph: (218)740 3474 Fax: (218)740 2020

Largest freshwater fish exhibit tanks in the world. Seventy species of fish, fun otters, lots of amphibians, birds and other creatures. First class gift shop.
Directions: At the foot of 5th Ave. West next to Bayfront Park.

North Shore Scenic

North Shore Scenic Railroad

506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota 55802
Ph: (218)722 1273 Toll Free: (800)423 1273

Another good ride. 1.5 or 6 hours of fine sightseeing right next to the north shore of Lake Superior. Vintage coaches. Evening Pizza Trains.
Directions: Ticket and board behind Depot on 5th Ave West and Michigan St.

Railroad Museum

Lake Superior Railroad Museum

506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota 55802
Ph: (218)722 1273 Toll Free: (800)423 1273

This railroad museum has the largest collection of historic trains and related artifacts in the midwest. A complete walkthrough will take two to three hours.
Directions: On the track level of the historic Union Depot on 5th Ave West and Michigan St.

Maritime center

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

522 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802-2310
Ph: (218)727 2497

The Marine Museum has exhibits relating to commercial shipping, past and present. Bonus - It’s free.
Directions: Located next to the Aerial Lift Bridge at the end of Lake Avenue.

Fitgers

Fitger's Brewery Complex Museum


600 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802
Ph:(218)722 8826
fitgers@fitgers.com

Opened in 1857, Fitger's was the first brewery in Minnesota and at one time was the most successful as well. View memorabilia from time's past and enjoy the several shops and restaurants within the building.
Directions: Take the Superior Street exit off of I-35, go 13 blocks. Fitger's will be on the right.

LS Tug

Lake Superior Tug

351 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
Ph: (218)722 7876

Take a tour of a World War II tug that was used to build the Great Lakes Seaway.
Directions: Located next to William A. Irvin (Ore Boat Museum)

Trolley

Port Town Trolley

2402 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55806
Ph: 218-722-SAVE (7283)

Tour downtown Duluth and the waterfront attractions in the Canal Park area. The trolley runs every thirty minutes during the summer months.
Directions: Take the 27th Avenue West exit off of I-35. Take a right onto West Michigan Street.

Richard I Bong

Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center

305 Harbor View Parkway, Superior, WI 54880
Ph: (715)392 7151 Toll Free: (888)816 9944

The Richard I Bong World War II Heritage Center honors the memory of Richard I Bong, an America’s Ace of Aces and Medal of Honor recipient, and all of those who participated in WWII.
Directions: Take Hwy 2 exit to Wisconsin off of I-35. Go through downtown Superior (Hwy 2 will turn into Belknap St). Located on the corner of Hwy 2/Belknap and Hwy 53.

 

SS Meteor

S.S. Meteor & Maritime Museum

(715)394 5712

Launched in 1896, tour the "Last Whaleback on Earth" used for carrying cargo across the Great Lakes. The ship was brought home to Superior in 1972 and was made into a museum featuring Twin Port shipbuilding history and Great Lakes shipwrecks.
Directions: Take Hwy 2 in Wisconsin to Barker's Island.

Enger Tower

Enger Tower

16th Ave. W. and Skyline Drive, Duluth, MN 55802-1192
(218)723 3300

Great picnic spot featuring hiking trails and gardens. The 80 ft., five story tower was dedicated by Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha of Norway in 1939.
Directions: Take Skyline Parkway off Hank Jensen Drive.

Aerial Lift Bridge

Aerial Lift Bridge

Lake Avenue over Duluth Ship Canal, Duluth, MN 55802

Originally built as an aerial transfer bridge in 1905 it was later transformed in 1929 into a verticle lift bridge. Connects Duluth and Park Point areas.
Direcctions: Take Lake Avenue exit off of I-35, follow to lift bridge.

Depot

Depot Square

506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota 55802
Ph: (218)727 8025

Home to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Built in 1892 and formerly a Union Railroad Depot, it now showcases the culture of Duluth with its four museum exhibits and performing arts wing.
Directions: Take Superior Street exit off of I-35. Take a right onto North 6th Avenue West, then take a left onto West Michigan Street. Depot is on the right.


Split Rock


Split Rock Lighthouse

3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd, Two Harbors, MN 55616
Ph: 218-226-6372

Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark's construction. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Split Rock Light Station was soon one of Minnesota's best known landmarks. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the lighthouse offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular setting.


Dylan Birth Place

Bob Dylan's Birthplace Home

517 North 3rd Avenue East, Duluth, MN, 55805

Robert Allen Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan) was born on May 24, 1941, right here in Duluth. For the next six years of his life, he and his family lived in the upper part of this house, located at 517 North 3rd Avenue East. When his father became stricken with polio, he and his family moved to nearby Hibbing.
Directions: Take the Mesaba Avenue exit off 1-35. Take a right on West 4th Street, then take a left on North 3rd Avenue East, then a left on North 3rd Ave East (near St. Mary’s Hospital). The house is up the hill 1 ½ blocks on the left.

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Sinclair Lewis Home

Sinclair Lewis Home

2601 East 2nd Street, Duluth, MN, 55812

Sinclair Lewis, the first American author to win the Nobel Prize for literature, rented and lived in this majestic house for short periods of time during the latter years of his life.
Directions: Take the South 26th Avenue East exit off 1-35. Take a left at the stop sign at the end of the exit and travel up the hill to East 2nd Street. The house is on the right corner of 26th Ave East and East 2nd Street.


Granitoid Street

Granitoid Street

East 7th Street, from 25th Ave. East to Wallace Ave., Duluth, MN, 55812

The second oldest concrete street in the nation is a three block section of East 7th Street in Duluth (25th Ave. East to Wallace Avenue). It was paved in 1909 using ‘Granitoid’, a quarry rock mixture with an unusual textured paving block-like surface that provided good traction for both horses hooves and motor vehicles. The first oldest concrete street is supposedly in Detroit, MI.
Directions: Take the South 26th Avenue East exit off 1-35. Take a left at the stop sign at the end of the exit and travel up the hill to East 7th Street.

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Naniboujou Lodge - Grand Marais, Minn.

The dining room at the Naniboujou Lodge is one of the most unique dining venues in North America. Painted from floor to ceiling in a Cree Indian painting motif that must be seen to be appreciated, one end of this room contains the largest stone fireplace in Minnesota.

Founded as an exclusive private club in 1927 on 3,330 acres on Lake Superior, the Lodge is 125 miles north of Duluth. Charter members included Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey and Ring Lardner. The restaurant is open every day during the summer season, but CALL FIRST.

Address: 20 Naniboujou Trail, Grand Marais, Minn. 55604 Phone: 218 /387-2688

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