NOTE THIS IS A POST FROM 2016. TO VIEW FUTURE DULUTH EVENTS, CHECK OUT VISIT DULUTH.
With such a tremendous outdoors scene, Duluth is an adventurous place to spend time this summer. Visitors travel near and far to explore the pristine waters of Lake Superior, climb the rocky cliffs, and hike or bike the trail-laden forests. The picturesque harbor of Duluth, once considered to be part of the industrial landscape and not at all romantic, has turned into a ship watchers dream destination. In fact, ship watching in Duluth is a favorite pastime of locals and visitors alike, especially when the tall ships come to town in August. Relax in style at our luxurious Duluth Inn, and discover how romantic it can be to watch ships sail into harbor under a setting sun.
Tall Ships Visit Duluth in August 2016
Duluth’s love of ship watching runs deep, and begins as early as 1905 with the completion of the symbolic Aerial Lift Bridge. Listen for the bell to ring, and be amazed by the crowds of people who make their way down to the harbor to watch the ships pull in to port. For a simple afternoon gazing out over the harbor, head to Canal Park, the Lakewalk, or along the Superior Entry at the tip of Wisconsin Point. Ship watching on the Duluth harbor is a special treat any day of the week, but there’s something magical about the tall ships that sail into Duluth’s harbor every so often.
This year, the Tall Ships Duluth Festival is taking place August 18-21. These 4 days provide boating enthusiasts with the best opportunity to watch, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest and most majestic ships around. Tall Ships Duluth is the only event happening along the shores of Lake Superior, and promises to be a spectacular 4 days of boat-themed fun. Tickets to any or all of the days are still available. You can read about each of the historic ships that will be calling in port during the festival, which include the only replica of a 16th-17th century galleon that sails today, a ship from the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, and a 19th century three-masted Great Lakes schooner replica that represents the rich maritime history on the Great Lakes. The event also features a wonderful selection of live music and entertainment, food and drinks, and fun that can only be had in Duluth.
Festival Weekend in Duluth
Though the Tall Ships Duluth festival is worthy of an entire weekend, there’s still plenty of other fun to be had in Duluth. Several businesses are running specials and offering discounts for guests in town for Tall Ships Duluth.
- Our friends at The Duluth Experience are also offering a Tall Ships Kayak Tour
- Adventure Zone is offering $10 passes
- The Red Herring Lounge is offering free shows and discounted cocktails with proof of Tall Ships Duluth tickets
- The North Shore Scenic Railroad is offering discounted and scenic rides for festival goers
- Early morning tours are available at the always beautiful Glensheen Mansion
No matter how you choose to enjoy your time in Duluth, make sure you find the time to sit back and enjoy the scene. Historic Tall Ships sailing into port, set against the backdrop of Lake Superior’s endless horizon, is something few are lucky enough to see. Book your stay at our luxurious Inn, and enjoy the quiet elegance of Duluth’s Historic Congdon (Glensheen) Mansion District. You won’t regret it.