Our town graced the cover of the September 2014 issue of Outside magazine and inside was a two-page spread of pictures depicting many of the great things about Duluth.
Beer, spirits, and smoked salmon sandwiches. All true.
The author, Stephanie Pearson, a native Duluthian, ended the tribute by reminiscing about her childhood exploring Hartley Field, fishing in Tischer Creek, and skiing at Chester Bowl, wrapping up with, “Which is why the recognition from Outside doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to those of us who grew up here – we’ve known it’s the Best Town Ever for a long time.”
The vast outdoor opportunities were indeed the main draw to plant our family here a few years back (read more about how we followed our hearts to Duluth).
After reading the article, Tim and I sat outside one late evening and discussed why Duluth is an ideal place to raise outdoor kids.
1. The Lake Lake Superior is the anchor to our Duluth outdoor experiences. It provides our family a playground, a science classroom, a therapy session, and awe. It will no doubt be part of our children’s psychological landscape as they become adults.
Read about creating memories along the lake.
2. Urban Wilderness – The proximity and variety of opportunities to be in nature makes being outdoors remarkably accessible to families with children in Duluth. The fact that there are forests, meadows, ponds, lakes, wetlands, creeks, and beaches to explore, hike, bike, ski, and enjoy within the city makes Duluth unique.
3. Outdoor Educational Opportunities The natural environment knowledge base is wide and deep in Duluth, making it easy for our family to learn about the outdoors together. There are countless organizations and people who are willing to share their expertise with kids and adults alike.
4. The People of Duluth – Duluthians strongly value green spaces — and their recreational, ecological, aesthetic, and health benefits — and make extensive use of the local outdoor infrastructure. The common value of being active outdoors binds us together not only as a family but as part of a community, grounding our children in the outside world.
5. Endless Outside Fun While Duluth is known for its nature-based opportunities, non-rugged outside activities abound in Duluth. Families can find many ways to be together, get fresh air, and be active around town.
6. Magnificent Winters Winter is embraced, not endured, in Duluth. O.K., by most people. It’s a time of exciting outdoor activities like nordic skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding (again all within the city limits). In fact, it is Daley’s favorite season because playing in the snow is truly a wondrous experience of childhood.
Tim and I feel fortunate that our children are some of the lucky ones, like Stephanie Pearson, whose body and spirit will be nurtured by this distinctive geographical place called Duluth, the best town ever.
Why do you think Duluth is a great place to raise outdoor kids? Share your thoughts in the comment box below. Thanks!