Outdoor adventures to indoor attractions — Duluth has you covered

(BPT) - If you’re searching for the ideal vacation destination — with plenty of space for physical distancing — you couldn’t pick a better place than Duluth, Minnesota. Outdoor beauty and exploration abound along the shores of Lake Superior, which is big enough for everyone, with plenty of recreation options, sightseeing and amazing attractions.

Here are some ways to have fun in Duluth, no matter what type of adventures you seek.

People-powered adventures

Your family can pedal together on a Surrey Cycle, or rent bikes for everyone at Wheel Fun Rental in Canal Park. Wheel Fun Rentals are designed to help you explore your surroundings in a fun, unique way.

New to the area? Try a guided tour by kayak, canoe, biking or hiking with Day Tripper Duluth. Day tours range from 2-4 hours, and they offer multi-day trips, customized by skill level and interests.

If you want to challenge yourself, try rock climbing, canoeing or kayaking with Positive Energy Outdoors. They also offer family activities like wagonette rides.

Or for the unique indoor challenge of an escape room, try Solve Entertainment, where you become the hero of your story in a real-world, tangible adventure.

To get in touch with nature up close and personal, Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve offers 4 miles of hiking trails. Managed by the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, the Nature Reserve is open year-round for exploring the flora, wildlife and geology of the region.

Prefer a leisurely stroll to a hike? Walk along the shore of one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world on the 7-mile-long Lakewalk, which takes you from Canal Park to Brighton Beach.

Along the way, you can stop and smell the roses at Leif Erickson Park’s beautiful Rose Garden.

Family members of all ages will enjoy watching massive ships — including thousand-foot freighters — come and go from the pier as they glide under the historic Aerial Lift Bridge.

Exhilarating excursions by air, water and rail

For an air excursion, book a flight with Beaver Air Tours for a bird's-eye view of Duluth in the famous de Havilland Beaver seaplane. Enjoy a guided tour as you soar over mansions, ore docks and historic sites. Or you can choose Lake Superior Helicopters for tours providing views of the area you can’t get any other way.

Love the water? Enjoy a romantic dinner, cocktail hour or family pizza night on a Vista Fleet sightseeing cruise, or charter a fishing boat to experience the city from the water while you work on your next catch.

If you prefer excursions on land, the Northshore Scenic Railroad offers trips through downtown Duluth, Canal Park, along the shore of Lake Superior and into the north woods. Narrated tours tell the history of Duluth and stories of the railroads that built northern Minnesota.

Historic adventures

History buffs will enjoy visiting the St. Louis County Depot. The Depot is home to the St. Louis County Historical Society and the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, with displays of locomotive and history train cars indoors and out.

Enger Tower was built in 1939 from the region's Blue Stone and visited by the royal couple of Norway when it was dedicated, and again when it was renovated in 2011. Enger Tower offers panoramic views of Duluth Harbor and St. Louis Bay.

Get a glimpse of life on the Great Lakes by stepping on board the SS William A. Irvin, a flagship vessel from U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Fleet still in pristine condition, despite carrying iron ore and coal for over 40 years.

A popular stop for history and architecture enthusiasts is Glensheen, the 39-room mansion built on the shore of Lake Superior, welcoming visitors to enjoy both the 12-acre grounds with gorgeous gardens and bridges, and the interior, showcasing outstanding 20th century craftsmanship.

Enjoy a hands-on trip back in time through the traditional art of glassblowing at Lake Superior Art Glass. Watch a live artist demonstration or sign up for a beginning, intermediate or advanced class. The gallery at Lake Superior Art Glass features glass artwork made by over 60 artists.

Young-at-heart fun

For the young and the young at heart, the Children's Museum invites visitors to explore through imaginative play and hands-on, interactive learning experiences.

The Great Lakes Aquarium teaches people of all ages about everything aquatic, from the inhabitants of local lakes and rivers to faraway seas and oceans. See coral, fish, jellyfish, turtles, otters and more — up close.

Or you can explore over 140 species of animals at Lake Superior Zoo. Make the most of your experience with a behind-the-scenes tour such as lion feeding or primate keeping.

If you’re looking for a fun, active experience, spend a high-octane day at Defy Duluth trampoline park, for lots of jumping, foam pits and even extreme dodgeball!

To explore all the exciting Duluth attractions, visit VisitDuluth.com/attractions.

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