With what we hope is the spring thaw upon us, after a long winter, most days you want to be outside experiencing the beauty of the Northland. But sometimes, be it due to a cold winter or spring day or a rainy summer afternoon in the Twin Ports, you just want to be inside and out of the elements.
Of course, there is no better place to be inside than the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast! But getting out and about and enjoying the beauty and history of our city is so much fun! And we are often asked about indoor activities in and around Duluth to help spend the day.
So below we have put together a list of some of the things to see and do around Duluth that will keep you warm and dry and happy. And don’t forget to check out the multitude of wonderful shops, and no visit to Duluth is complete without dining at our incredible restaurants!
Glensheen Mansion. Tour the home of one of Minnesota’s most powerful and influential families. The opulent mansion built by Chester Congdon and his family in 1908 features 39 rooms on 7 acres. With the original furnishings still intact this mansion is a must-see. And it’s located just blocks from the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast.
Great Lakes Aquarium. The Aquarium is a hands-on experience tracing the history of the Great Lakes and the fish and other animals that inhabit it. Attractions include watching divers feed fish in a two story tank and operating a model of the locks on the Great Lakes.
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. Commercial shipping is on display at this free attraction. Located at the foot of the Aerial Lift Bridge it is also a great place to watch the big boats make their way into the harbor once the spring ice breaking concludes. Shipping generally begins around mid-March. Admission is free.
The Depot: St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center and the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. The Depot features the Midwest’s largest indoor collection of locomotives and rail cars. You can walk the streets of Depot Square, a recreation of Duluth’s downtown at the turn of the century. It is also the home of the North Shore Scenic Railroad, so after you tour the trains you can hop on board and ride a train during the summer season.
Tweed Museum of Art. Located at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art features over 7,000 pieces of art representing a range of different cultures and periods of art history. Admission is free.
S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum. Once the pride of U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Fleet, the Irvin is now docked in Canal Park. Tour the elegant state rooms that once entertained dignitaries while transporting millions of tons of iron ore from Minnesota’s Iron Range.
These are just a few of the fun and interesting things to experience on your next visit to our Bed and Breakfast and our port city of Duluth. We are happy to answer all of your questions and will have information on all these attractions to help you with your plans.