9 free things to do in Duluth before summer ends

Summer is coming to close with school starting at the end of this month, the days getting shorter, and the air is getting cooler and here you are wondering where summer went! We have some ideas for you to end the summer strong with these free, yes FREE, Duluth activities!

Take a Cruise on Skyline Drive


If you don’t feel like getting out of your car, this is the free activity for you. It would take you just under an hour to drive the 19.6 miles of this historic route without stopping. Considering the breathtaking views from the many lookout points, though, it’s definitely gonna take longer than that. you’ll be able to see beautiful aerial views of our Zenith City. As it winds above the city, it will take you through Enger Park, Hawk’s Ridge and along Seven Bridges Road.

Climb to the top of Enger Tower


Climb the 105 steps for a bird’s eye view of Duluth and its harbor. Bring a picnic lunch and eat at the Rotary Peace Plaza. Enjoy the Peace Bell Tower from Duluth’s sister city in Japan, Ohara, which overlooks a Japanese rock garden.

For more facts check out this video: http://www.duluth.com/4-facts-about-enger-tower-you-didnt-know/

 Take a Stroll on the Lakewalk


One of the most scenic walking and biking paths of Lake Superior, there are plenty of benches to sit on, beaches to search for beach glass, and ships to watch head into the harbor. The walk is more than 3 miles long, beginning at Bayfront Park, running through Leif Erickson park near the Rose Garden and eventually connecting with London Road on the northeast side of town. There are stairways throughout the route providing access to restaurants from Fitgers Brewing Complex to Canal Park. The lakewalk is dog, biking, running, blading, and boarding friendly, with special lanes for wheeled .

Watch a Ship go under the Aerial Lift Bridge


The Aerial Lift Bridge is perhaps the most well known and most photographed landmark of Duluth. It takes roughly three minutes to reach maximum height. The bridge was originally constructed in 1905 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. To see when the bridge will go up view the shipping schedule here: http://www.duluthboats.com/ – But be aware that the times are very loose and subject to change as shipping on the big lake can be unpredictable.

Learn about Duluth Shipping at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center


Open 7 days a week, the museum will give you a history of Lake Superior and information on shipping in the Twin Ports of Duluth, MN and Superior, WI. It also provides fun facts and a view of the canal. Located next to the Aerial Lift Bridge it’s a great place to hang out while waiting for a ship to come into the harbor.

Walk the Waterfront Sculpture Walk


Throughout Duluth you will see many sculptures, but if you’d like to take a short walk and view many your best bet is the Sculpture Walk. The entrance is located in Canal Park and features structures that represent Duluth’s heritage and its sister cities in Japan, Russia, and Sweden.

Examine Some Documents at the Karpeles Manuscript Library


Open Thursday thru Sunday, The Karpeles Manuscript Libraries represent the largest holders of manuscripts and documents in the world. Their collection includes an original Bill of Rights and Einstein’s famous formula “E=Mc²”. Definitely worth checking out.

Take in some Art at the Tweed Museum


Located on the University of Minnesota campus they have a permanent collection of over 8,000 art objects representing a range of cultures and periods of art history. You can visit them Tuesday thru Sunday.

Learn About the Stars at the Marshall W Alworth Planetarium


Also located on the UMD campus, they host free public shows every Wednesday at 7pm. With weekly rotating programming covering everything space related from Aurora Borealus, the solar system, and even UFOs.