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3 Things to do at Split Rock Lighthouse in Duluth

Split Rock Lighthouse in DuluthNo trip to Duluth is complete without a visit to the breathtakingly beautiful Split Rock Lighthouse. The lighthouse is located just under an hour north of our Bed and Breakfast on Highway 61.  Aside from exploring the lighthouse and accompanying state park, you’ll find that the journey north us unbelievably scenic.

Perched on the top of a cliff, Split Rock Lighthouse is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country, and certainly a delight to all who visit this place. Come enjoy exploring the North Shore with us this spring. Book your room at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast today!

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Split Rock Lighthouse was originally built in 1910 after a tragic storm caused the sinking of a timber barge and several other boats offshore on Lake Superior in 1905. This fueled the demand for a lighthouse on Lake Superior, for the safety of all involved in the timber industry at that time. The Split Rock Lighthouse was in service until 1971, at which point it was transitioned into a historic site. Today, the lighthouse is operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.

While this history of the Split Rock Lighthouse is fascinating, what makes it such a stunning place to visit is its location at the top of a 130-foot cliff. These dramatic cliffs are remnants of old lava flows and glacier movement, both of which shaped Lake Superior and the entire Duluth area. The lighthouse is 54 feet tall and offers exceptional views from the top.

There are nature trails around the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, which includes portions of the Superior Hiking Trail. These trails wind along the coast of the lake, through beautiful stands of trees, and alongside rushing waterfalls. The Split Rock Lighthouse is open year-round, but operations are limited in the winter and spring months. It’s truly beautiful and should be at the top of your list of things to do in Duluth this spring.

Split Rock Lighthouse in Duluth

Other Things to do Near This Duluth Lighthouse

  • Hike the Superior Hiking Trail, which offers 326 miles of the most beautiful hiking in the Duluth area.
  • Visit Gooseberry Falls State Park, home to beautiful waterfalls and river gorges, and plenty of trails, which can be explored in all seasons.
  • Bike or walk along the Gitchi-Gami State Trail, which connects the lighthouse to Gooseberry Falls State Park.
  • Enjoy a peaceful afternoon of bird watching. There are a number of species that migrate through this park in the spring, including small songbirds, herring gulls, common loons, and Peregrine falcons, along with other wildlife.

Indulge at our Bed and Breakfast in Duluth

While there is always plenty to see and do in Duluth throughout the year, one of the best reasons to escape to the north is to stay at our romantic Bed and Breakfast.  The A.G. Thomson House is the luxurious and romantic getaway you’ve been looking for. One night with us, and you’ll never want to stay anywhere else in Duluth.

Fuel up each morning with our delicious multi-course breakfasts in our bright and sun-drenched dining room. Our menu rotates daily and includes as many fresh and local ingredients as possible. We are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions whenever possible, including cooking for vegans and vegetarians. Just be sure to give us plenty of advanced notice so we can treat you to the delicious breakfast you deserve!

As spring rolls around, our award-winning gardens will be in full bloom. They’ll offer you a quiet respite from the busy days, too, with plenty of cozy spots to enjoy, including our spacious veranda, gazebo, and pergola, and our incredible waterfall. Come see what sets us apart from the rest. Book a room at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast today!


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We’re excited to welcome you back for a visit! We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation but are also happy to be on the road to recovery. Find out how you can stay small, stay safe with your future getaway to Duluth!

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