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 you visit, as there are an abundance of activities to choose from.  We will be happy to assist you planning your activities during your stay.  Whether you’re interested in shopping, museums, restaurants, outdoor activities, or something else, chances are you can find it in our city!

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Norshor Theatre
The historic Norshor Theatre was constructed in 1910–the same year as the historic home of George G. Barnum–now The Firelight Inn. It has been completed renovated and restored and opened again in February 2018. The Norshor Theatre will be the cornerstone of the Historic Arts and Theatre District in Downtown Duluth Minnesota and the home to world class performances. Visit the website for the latest updates and schedule and make plans to attend while you are staying with us.

Spirit Mountain
9500 Spirit Mountain Place. The Firelight Inn is only 11 miles from Spirit Mountain and its just a short 20 minute drive from the Inn. Call Spirit Mountain at (800) 642-6377 or visit for the latest information on hours and activities. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, fat biking and more.  Summer activities include the alpine coaster, zip line, jumping pillow, chair lift rides and disc golf.

Bentleyville is America’s largest free walk through lighting display and is in Duluth Minnesota at Bayfront Festival Park.  This display including a 128 foot LED tree and millions of lights and moving characters and it’s all free!  Dress warm because the wind off the lake can be chilly.  Lights, music, cookies, hot chocolate, Santa Claus, fires for marshmallows and warmth and a lot more.  The hours are Sunday through Thursday 5-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m.  Parking costs $5 or you can take the Jingle Bus from Canal Park and Superior Street.  There is also a train that goes to Bentleyville from Fitger’s Brewery Complex.  We’ll help you with all the details and directions when you stay with us.  Don’t miss this great holiday experience!

On The Rocks Art Studio
Learn how to paint on canvas or wood and create your own art masterpiece.  Located in Canal Park with great views of Lake Superior.  The studio offers public events, private sessions or get a group together for lots of fun painting. (218)525-2736

Solve Entertainment
Many of our guests have experienced this live-action and interactive entertainment experience and would do it again and again.  Become a hero at Duluth’s greatest puzzle room experience.  120 East Superior Street (218)302-5434
If you are unsure what you want to do while you’re staying in Duluth at The Firelight Inn, check out the daily and nightly calendar on this valuable web site.

Hartley Nature Center
The Hartley Nature Center is dedicated to educating all people on our environment.  The 640 acre park in the Woodland neighborhood connects visitors with the very best of outdoor adventure.  They have constructed a state-of-the-art “Green” building at this park and sponsor events, snowshoeing, skating and more.  Access to the Superior Hiking Trail is at this location.  (218) 724-6735

Duluth Air Show
The Duluth Air show is the largest air show in Minnesota with exhibits, fun activities and the best aerial performers.  The date for this year is June 26, 2021.  Ask the innkeepers about the hidden spots to watch the show in the sky!  For all the information on the Duluth Air show visit

Glensheen Historic Estate
3300 London Road in Duluth.  The Congdon mansion offers tours in the winter, spring, summer and fall season daily.  This beautiful estate includes the 39-room mansion, carriage house, gardener’s cottage, clay tennis court and more.  This is a perfect venue for a wedding if you are searching for the perfect place.  Then honeymoon with us!  Tours of the attic and third floor can be added and are a real treat to see.  Flashlight tours and nooks and crannies tours have been added. Make sure to spend time exploring the grounds around the mansion.  (888) 454-GLEN or visit

Great Lakes Aquarium
353 Harbor Drive on the waterfront in Duluth.  A hands-on experience of what’s in and under Lake Superior and the Aquarium is always featuring new exhibits.   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 is located in Duluth at 506 West Michigan Street.  Plan on spending an entire morning or afternoon at one of the best railroad museums in the country.  Then make plans to ride the trains.  The Duluth Zephyr is a 90 minute, 14 mile round-trip through Duluth and up the shore to Lester River.  The Music and Pizza Train is a 2 1/2 hour trip and sure to satisfy.  Friday nights in July enjoy the Summer BBQ train.  Saturday evenings in July enjoy a wine tasting with paired small plates excursion.  The elegant dinner train is usually available August through October and tickets sell out fast.  The Fall Colors train ride is a must in September and October.  See all the info at  (800) 423-1273

Lake Superior Zoo
The Lake Superior Zoo is just a short drive from our Inn to West Duluth. Take the Grand Avenue Exit from 35S and the address is 71st Avenue West and Grand Avenue. Sixteen acres of animals, exhibits and year-round fun. (218) 730-4500

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.
(218) 722-6218

Sailing Adventures
If you would you like to experience a sailing adventure on Lake Superior and the harbor of Duluth/Superior this is what you have been looking for.  For all the information and reservations click on this link:

Grandma’s Marathon
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 date is June 19, 2021.  For all the information and registration call (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 in August at Bayfront Festival Park.   Make your plans to stay with us and enjoy all the Blues Festival fun!  We can usually hear the great music from our front porch.

Tall Ships
The grandest ships on the water are usually in Duluth every three years and were last in town in 2019.  Check back for updates.  The fantastic attraction brings more people to Duluth than any other event.  For all the information, visit the website at FestofSailDuluth and Tall Ships

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

Hawk Ridge
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.  Hawk Ridge Weekend is usually the third weekend in September.

Enger Tower
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.

KDK Charter Fishing Service
Innkeeper Jim recommends this fishing charter service for your experience on the big lake for big fish! Full and half-day trips available with all fishing tackle provided. (218)724-1264.

“Monday – Canal Park. We got to see an enormous boat—we waved and they waved back. We watched seagulls chase people with popcorn and French fries!”
S&J”What a fabulous place! My mom and I had a sweet time here – visiting only memories in our heads and making new ones. The house is an amazing piece of history to spend your lives in. Again, thanks for letting us be a part of this beautiful city.”
E&L “What more can I say, except this place is a wonderful place to stay. This is fit for a king! ”
Onamia, MN We spent a very good night in your room. We have eaten some cookies and had hot chocolate to drink … mmm … very good! This morning, breakfast was perfect. Thank you for everything.
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