I recently received a Facebook message from a family planning to visit Duluth for a weekend in early summer. Their question, “What are some must see and dos with our 7 and 3.5 year old kiddos?”
First, welcome to Duluth! We are so happy you are coming to enjoy our favorite town.
To answer your question, I turned to our resident experts, Daley (8) and Finley (4). I asked them, “If you had a friend who was your age visiting Duluth only for a weekend, what do you think they should see or do?”
Here are their Must-Do Lists (with links to blog posts with more information, when possible).
Daley’s List of Duluth Must-Dos (8 years old)
- Explore the Lakewalk. Rent a bike or just take a walk.
- See the Lift Bridge. Walk across it. Watch an ore boat go under it.
- Check out some stores like Duluth Pack or Amazing Grace Cafe. The cafe has lots of tasty pastries, toys, and a fish tank.
- Go to some parks. Bayfront is fun. The playground has lots of fun stuff — a teeter-totter jumper thing, swings, and a climbing wall.
- Hike on some trails. Hartley trails are fun. Hike up to Rock Knob. It’s high.
- Visit the interpretive center at Jay Cooke State Park. Walk across the swinging bridge.
Finley’s List of Duluth Must-Dos (4 years old)
- Go to the Lakewalk (clearly a family favorite) to throw rocks or have a picnic.
- Play at the playscape at Hartley Park. There’s a big sandbox with rocks around it and you get to dig with shovels and make cupcakes.
- Play outside in our driveway with us (Daley agrees).
- Ring the bell with a big beam at Enger Park. Climb the tower. It’s fun to climb.
- Sign-up for soccer.
- Go to Petco and get a pet fish.
A Few More Ideas from their Parents
- Explore Park Point, one of the largest freshwater sand bars in the world. It’s unique because the beach is sandy. It has a beautiful view of Duluth’s wide hillside cityscape, yet you’ll feel miles away.
- Explore Brighton Beach. Your kids will enjoy endless rock hopping, skipping, and throwing along the shore of Lake Superior.
- Hike within the city limits. A few of our family favorites places are the trails along Tischer Creek at Congdon Park, the trails along Miller Creek at Lincoln Park, and as the kids mentioned, the trails at Hartley Park.
- Take a train ride. Duluth is fortunate to have two fun options. The Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad offers a historical perspective with amazing scenery along the St. Louis River Estuary, while the North Shore Scenic Railroad offers beautiful views of Lake Superior.
To be honest, coming up with this list was hard. There is so much to do with kids outside in Duluth (in fact, that’s the #1 reason we moved here). For this post, we mostly focused on outdoor activities that are free. Hopefully, it will help as you develop your itinerary.
Have a wonderful time adventuring around Duluth. Perhaps we’ll see you in our driveway. 🙂
Readers, what would you add to a must-dos list while visiting Duluth with kids? Share your ideas in the comment box below. Thanks!