Free Things to Do in Duluth
Finding free things to do in Duluth, Minnesota is easy-breezy. When my family took a weekend trip to Duluth our goal was to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Our wish was granted. What we were pleasantly surprised by was how many free things there were to do in the Duluth. The best part was every location was family approved. Listed below are some of our free discoveries.
Leif Erickson Park and Rose Garden
I didn’t count, but the Leif Erickson Rose Garden hosts something in the arena of 3,000 rose bushes with 100 varieties and other plants. At sunset, this is an Instagrammer’s paradise. The garden overlooks Lake Superior and it’s famous landmarks including the Ariel Lift Bridge and lighthouses, Duluth Harbor South Breakwater, and Outer Light Pier Light. The garden also houses a gazebo, surely often used for weddings, while a statue honoring explorer Leif Erickson faces west, welcoming visitors.
Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Located in the historic Duluth Depot train station is the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. Normally this museum charges a fee for admission but due to COVID the charges are being waved temporarily but donations are welcomed. (Check the Visitor Info page before you go.) This an excellent deal as this museum is chock full of historic information and interactive exhibits. My family’s favorite exhibit was the locomotive experience. Several cars are open for touring included a glimpse at the dining cars and mailroom.
Duluth Library Mural
Across the street from the Duluth Depot is the Duluth Library. There is a special landmark that tells you that you’re in the right place. Since 2011 a mural of book spines has decorated a concrete curved wall, reaching 24 ft high and 50 ft long. Artist Scott Murphy created the piece while the books were selected by the librarians as reader favorites from a variety of genres. Add this to your list of Minnesota Selfie Spots.
Park Point Beach is located at the end of Minnesota Avenue. Yes, you get to cross over the Ariel Life Bridge, and if you’re lucky you will get stopped to watch this impressive bridge in action. This beach is a perfect location for relaxing in the sun or enjoying a beautiful evening as we did. The water seems to go on forever. You can truly appreciate the magnitude of Lake Superior from this vantage point.
Tip: When you drive to the beach put in the address above, which is actually the Sky Harbor Airpot. Once you see the small airport at the end of the road, you will know you’re there. Parking places line the road and you can take any of the paths to the beach.