(BPT) - When you imagine your favorite winter activities, pristine slopes of fresh powder, twinkling holiday lights, sparkling rinks of ice, or sled dogs racing through the snow may come to mind. Good news! This winter you can enjoy it all — and much more — in Duluth, Minnesota.
Here are some of the must-see events and adventures you and your family can explore in Minnesota’s northern winter wonderland.
With plenty of ways to celebrate the season, Duluth offers unique experiences for families to enjoy, indoors and out.
Wow your family with Bentleyville “Tour of Lights,” bringing people together (while still safely apart) for a spectacular drive-through tour under the glow of 5 million twinkling lights throughout a 20-acre park on the shores of Lake Superior. Open Nov. 21-Dec. 27.
The Christmas City Express experience begins in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum with storytelling and carolers before you climb aboard the train for a 30-minute ride to Lake Superior. On board you’ll enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and holiday tunes. This family favorite sells out fast and space is very limited. The train runs Nov. 27-Dec. 20.
Enjoy holiday décor at Glensheen Mansion, with indoor tours starting Nov. 13 — and limited candlelight tours in the evening. Or bring the family to revel in their Spirit of the Lights outdoor holiday display throughout the estate grounds from 5-9 p.m. The outdoor visit is free and open to the public — but reservations are required.
Looking for active winter fun? Explore a vast array of outdoor options for all levels and ability, in and around Duluth.
Spirit Mountain offers it all with downhill skiing, snowboarding, fat biking and snow tubing on the slopes, plus beautiful Nordic trails for cross-country skiing and hiking. If you're a fan of fat bike racing, be sure to check out the Frosted Fatty from Feb. 20-21 at the region’s only lift-access fat bike ski area.
Want outdoor adventure, but need a guide to help you learn new skills or the area? Day Tripper of Duluth has lessons and tours available for everything from snowshoeing and cross-country skiing to fat biking and iceberg kayaking.
If you have ever wanted to try dog-sledding, Positive Energy Outdoors provides memorable one-of-a-kind adventures including sleigh and wagon rides through the wintry wilderness.
Once you learn to mush, you may want to see how the professionals do it. The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states, running nearly 300 miles. The race runs Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
If you need to warm up indoors for a bit, here are a few of the area's top family-friendly attractions:
- Great Lakes Aquarium is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and offers two floors of live animal displays, hands-on interactive exhibits and stunning views of the harbor and international port. Salt and freshwater exhibits showcase fish and aquatic life from all over the world!
- At The Depot you can visit the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, the St. Louis County Historical Society Ojibwe Gallery and the Duluth Art Institute all under one roof. Discover the rich history of northern Minnesota Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
- Duluth Children’s Museum is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with fun, interactive exhibits for kids of all ages.
For information on all of these exciting adventures and much more, check out VisitDuluth.com.