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10 of the Best Things to do in Duluth This Spring

Enjoy a fun range of things to do in Duluth This Spring, including viewing this iconic Aerial Lift BridgeDuluth, Minnesota is a city like no other.  It’s located on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior but offers far more than an exceptionally beautiful destination to which to getaway.  There are so many fun things to do in Duluth throughout the year, and spring is no exception. Spring really is on the horizon – even up here on the North Shore! Though there are plenty of things to do in Duluth in the winter, spring offers a glimpse of what is to come for the rest of the year.

With spring, comes the opportunity to get back outside and enjoy what it is that makes Duluth such a popular destination – great activities like hiking, biking, and boating! There’s something to love about each season in Duluth, of course, but spring just feels special. The trails are calling our names, nature is beginning its gradual reemergence, after many months of hiding beneath the snow, and the number of things to do in Duluth is about to increase.

Whether you’ve come to hike the Superior Hiking Trail, mountain bike the Duluth Traverse or the gravity-fed trails at Spirit Mountain, or whether you’ve come to sample the incredible craft breweries or to just escape to the quiet beauty of Duluth, you’ll want comfortable accommodations. Luckily, our Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts offer truly exceptional lodging, each of which reflects a different piece of Duluth’s unique character.  From the historic elegance of the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast to the waterfront location of Solglimt Bed and Breakfast, these two properties offer an unparalleled opportunity to experience the very best of Duluth.

Keep reading to learn all about the incredible things to do in Duluth this spring, and then get ready to enjoy a few days away with us!

Visiting Split Rock Lighthouse is one of the most popular things to do in DuluthWant to Know all the Best Things to do in Duluth This Spring?

If there’s one thing we love about being in the hospitality industry, it’s sharing all of the exciting things to do in Duluth with our guests, not to mention treating them to a few restful days away from home. So many of us have trudged through this winter (and a big part of the last year) at home.  If you find yourself needing a welcome change of scenery, our two Duluth Bed and Breakfasts offer exactly that.

Moreover, aside from offering beautiful accommodations and welcoming hospitality, these properties offer you the chance to enjoy a COVID-safe getaway, complete with recommendations for all of the Covid-safe things to do in Duluth this spring! Our Duluth Bed and Breakfasts are small properties, ensuring you’re never surrounded by large crowds like at a typical hotel.  We also pride ourselves on the guest experience, paying attention to every detail of your stay, and ensuring we’re following all CDC and local health regulations.

With so many incredible things to do in Duluth, there’s little reason to be bored – unless, of course, that is what you want from your getaway!  Between exploring the state parks in the area, hiking, biking, and otherwise recreating outdoors, and even safely enjoying Duluth restaurants, breweries, and shops, there really are plenty of things to do in Duluth this spring. Here are just a few of our top recommendations:

  1. Take a hike!  There are so many great ones to choose from. The Superior Hiking Trail is a great place to start, but other good choices include Oberg Mountain and Ely’s Peak, and the coastal trails on Park Point.
  2. If you aren’t up for a rigorous hike this spring but still want to enjoy the natural beauty of Duluth, head to Duluth’s Lakewalk.
  3. Visiting Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is one of the most popular things to do in Duluth.  It’s about an hour north of downtown Duluth, but it’s one of the best-known (and most-photographed) landmarks in the state of Minnesota.  As you head north towards this iconic park, enjoy the scenic drive along Scenic Hwy 61.
  4. Hike along the St. Louis River, and even cross it on the famed swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park.
  5. Take in the majestic beauty of the waterfalls at Tettagouche State Park and Gooseberry Falls State Park.  These early spring months, as the snow begins to melt, is one of the best times to see these beautiful waterfalls.
  6. Spirit Mountain Ski Area is a very popular attraction during the winter, but the fun doesn’t stop there!  Spirit Mountain is also home to some of the best mountain biking trails in the Duluth area, and the best part is these gravity trails are lift-served!
  7. Glensheen Mansion is open and offers daily self-guided tours that are COVID-safe, offering you a glimpse into one of Duluth’s most famous founding families.
  8. Visiting Duluth’s breweries is “must do” on the list of things to do in Duluth, and right now they’re offering covid-safe tasting experiences. By summer, when the patios are open and the warmth of the sun is shining down on us, these breweries will once again be a popular destination in town. Popular breweries to visit include Canal Park Brewing Company, Blacklist AlesUrsa Minor BrewingHoops BrewingFitger’s BrewhouseLake Superior Brewing, and Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
  9. Explore Duluth’s Canal Park neighborhood, where you can watch ships pulling into Duluth’s harbor and under the iconic Aerial Lift Bridge (just as soon as the ice melts enough for shipping to resume!).
  10. It’ll still be a bit icy and cold out on Lake Superior for a while yet, but come May, Duluth’s Vista Fleet will once again be offering sightseeing cruises around Duluth’s picturesque harbor. They also plan to start offering their sunset dinner cruises by late-May as well!

Get outside and enjoy the beauty along the Duluth Lakewalk, one of the top things to do in Duluth

Where to Stay in Duluth

This list is just a small hint of all the things to do in Duluth this spring.  Your Innkeeper would be happy to recommend even more great ideas!  Speaking of Innkeepers, let’s talk lodging in Duluth. When it comes to lodging in Duluth, there are quite a few options.  None, however, offer the same unique and welcoming experience you’ll find at these two Duluth Bed and Breakfasts.

Both the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast and Solglimt Lakeshore Bed and Breakfast offer an unparalleled opportunity to get away, be well taken care of, and enjoy the best things to do in Duluth.  Every second of your stay at these two properties will be well spent.

At the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, you’ll find an upscale, luxury experience in the heart of the city’s Congdon Mansion District, just minutes away from top attractions like Glensheen Mansion.  This 7-room inn is nestled on 2 beautifully landscaped and private acres, and plenty of space to spread out for adequate social distancing.

In the morning, you’ll be treated to a scrumptious 3-course breakfast that will leave you anything but hungry – it’s the perfect fuel to begin your day in Duluth!  Moreover, with fireplaces in every suite and a variety of enhancements that can be added to your stay, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to enjoy a change of scenery this spring.

Speaking of enjoying a stunning change of scenery, booking a room at Solglimt Lakeshore Bed and Breakfast places you right on the shores of Lake Superior itself.  This 5-room Bed and Breakfast is located on the sandy shores of Park Point and is the only lakefront Bed and Breakfast in Duluth.

Here, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Superior from a variety of vantage points inside, as well as their expansive decks and gardens outside.  You can even see Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge here, which makes it a great vantage point from which to enjoy ship watching throughout your time in Duluth!  Solglimt is also within walking distance to Canal Park, which boasts a number of the city’s best breweries, bars, entertainment venues, and more.

Duluth’s Top Rated Bed and Breakfasts

A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast Duluth Minnesota

A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast

Solglimt Lakeshores Bed and Breakfast Duluth Minnesota

Solglimt Lakeshore Bed and Breakfast



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