Things To Do in the North Shore Area
If you aren’t familiar with Duluth, it may be difficult to know what to do when your visit, as there are an abundance of activities to choose from. Whether you’re interested in shopping, museums, restaurants, outdoor activities, or something else, chances are you can find it in our city!
If you are unsure what you want to do while you’re staying in Duluth at The Firelight Inn, check out the nightly calendar on this valuable web site.
Hartley Nature Center
The Hartley Nature Center is dedicated to educating all people on our environment. They have constructed a state-of-the-art “Green” building at this park and sponsor events, snowshoeing, skating and more. (218) 724-6735
Duluth Air Show
The Duluth Air show is scheduled for August 23-24, 2014. It’s the largest air show in Minnesota with exhibits, fun activities and the best aerial performers. Ask the innkeepers about the hidden spots to watch the show in the sky! September 20, 21, 22, 2013 Duluth Bayfront Festival Park will be the location of the Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival. The first time in 120 years hot air balloons will descend on Duluth, Minnesota. Make your plans to be with us for this one-of-a-kind event! For more information see www.DuluthBalloonFestival.com
Glensheen Historic Estate
3300 London Road in Duluth. The Congdon mansion offers tours in the spring, summer and fall season daily. In the quiet season tours are available on the weekends. This beautiful estate includes the 39-room mansion, carriage house, gardener’s cottage, clay tennis court and more. Tours of the attic and third floor can be added and are a real treat to see. (888) 454-GLEN
Great Lakes Aquarium
353 Harbor Drive on the waterfront in Duluth. A hands-on experience of what’s in and under Lake Superior! This fun attraction is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (218) 740-FISH
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
600 Lake Avenue South at the foot of the Aerial Lift Bridge. Films, models and exhibits all about Lake Superior and the Duluth Superior harbor. They also post up-to-date schedules of the ships arriving and departing the harbor. Open year round and free admission.
(218) 720-5260, ext. 1
Lake Superior Railroad Museum
The Depot 506 West Michigan Street. Plan on spending an entire morning or afternoon at one of the best railroad museums in the country! The ride the trains to the Lester River or Two Harbors or enjoy a dinner experience aboard the train! (218) 733-7590
Lake Superior Zoo
71st Avenue West and Grand Avenue in West Duluth. Located about 15 minutes from The Firelight Inn and sixteen acres of animals, exhibits and year-round fun.
9500 Spirit Mountain Place. Downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, Alpine Coaster, Zip Line, Snow Tubing and more at this 175 acre wonderland. Spirit Mountain is just a short 20 minute drive from the inn. (800) 642-6377
Vista Fleet Sightseeing & Dining Cruises
323 Harbor Drive on the waterfront side of the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. Every day fully narrated trips May through October. This is the innkeepers’ favorite attraction and we suggest you plan a dinner cruise while you are in town.
P.O. Box 16234, Duluth Minnesota 55816 The 10th largest marathon in the nation that starts just outside of Two Harbors and runs along beautiful Lake Superior. The 2013 date is June 22, 2013. (218) 727-0947
Bayfront Blues Festival
The Annual Blues Festival is one of the largest annual outdoor music festivals in the Midwest. It showcases nearly 30 national performances on two concert stages August 8-11, 2013. Make your plans to stay with us and enjoy all the Blues Festival fun!
Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center
305 Harbor View Parkway, Belknap and Highways 2/53 in Superior, Wisconsin. This building is a tribute to World War II participants. A rare P-38 fighter jet serves as the centerpiece of the museum. (888) 816-WWII
Northern Prints Gallery
318 North 14th Avenue East in a vintage 1891 Duluth home. This gallery is dedicated exclusively to the artist-made original print and the artists are members of the Northern Printmakers Alliance. The gallery is open for visitors every week from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday as well as by appointment. (218) 724-3089
The Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve located in Duluth, Minnesota, provides some of North America’s best autumn hawk watching. An average of over 94,000 raptors migrate to the Ridge from mid-August through November.
Restored in 2011, this observation tower offers a panoramic view of the Duluth Superior area. It was dedicated in 1939 by Norway’s Crown Prince and Princess and rededicated in 2011 by Norway’s King and Queen.