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Check Out These 25 “Can’t Miss” Duluth Attractions

Make memories that will last a lifetime when you visit Duluth, MN. The city offers many free and paid attractions for families, couples, history buffs, foodies, and more! If you’re here on vacation, traveling for work, or visiting family and friends, here are some Duluth attractions you don’t want to miss:

  1. Downtown Lakewalk. Head down the Lakewalk to take in the sights and sounds, picnic, and do a little shopping.
  2. Aerial Lift Bridge. A must-see photo op, visitors can take photos on and around the bridge and watch it in action every 30 minutes during the summer.
  3. Enger Park and Tower. Walk in and around the tower, and learn about the restoration project. The tower was built in 1939 with local blue stone.
  4. Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate. Tour this historic home (built in the early 1900s) and the surrounding estate – one of the most popular historic home destinations around.
  5. S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum. Walk through this retired iron ore and coal ship that braved 40 years of intense Lake Superior weather. The attraction also offers a haunted ship tour for more daring visitors.
  6. Spirit Mountain. This venue offers summer and winter fun – ski, snowboard, bike, camp, and more at this location.
  7. Vista Fleet. Enjoy the most spectacular dinner view around with an evening cruise from Vista Fleet, a premier Duluth, MN dining experience. This is the perfect way to end a day of sightseeing in the city.
  8. Great Lakes Aquarium. Here you can discover more about the animals in and around Lake Superior and other freshwater ecosystems.
  9. Duluth Grill. Grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner at this eatery that offers something for everyone.
  10. Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar. Along with amazing Italian food, Bellisio’s is known for its extensive wine list. Unwind with friends or enjoy the food on a Vista Fleet cruise.
  11. Downtown Duluth Waterfront Shopping. Explore locally owned stores, the latest fashions, and great eateries all in a walking-friendly area.
  12. Zinema. Catch international films and dinner here on rainy and snowy days.
  13. The Duluth Playhouse. With shows for children and adults, this theater is a must see local art experience.
  14. Adventure Zone (Canal Park). Rock climb, play mini golf, play laser tag, and more at this kid-friendly destination.
  15. The Duluth Experience. No trip is complete without a city tour. Choose from a range of tour subjects and styles.
  16. Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark. Let the kids play (or join them!) at this waterpark designed for summer fun.
  17. Duluth Children’s Museum. This interactive museum’s exhibits are education-friendly and fun.
  18. North Shore SUP. Take your vacation on the lake with a paddleboard experience for beginners and SUP veterans.
  19. Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Take a tour and taste the beer created at this local, sustainable brewery.
  20. Incline Station Bowling Center and Banquet Facility. Play a game or two with the whole family at this popular bowling center.
  21. Solve Entertainment. Take part in the story of this live-action adventure.
  22. Art in the Alley. Find unique clothes, jewelry, and home décor at this downtown location.
  23. Duluth Trading Company. Check out the birthplace of this now national outdoor brand.
  24. Action Sportfishing Charters LLC. Get the full Lake Superior fishing experience here.
  25. Fond-du-Luth Casino. Play cards, bingo, or slots at this 18 and over establishment.

Many of these attractions are perfect mix-and-match adventures to keep you busy and having fun during your stay. Remember to book your Vista Fleet cruise when visiting Duluth for the best view in MN.