Free Activities

Things to do in the Twin Ports area - FREE!

Thompson Hill Rest area and Travel Information Center. Stop here first! From I-35 east bound, take exit 250, follow the signs; features great vistas from indoor and outdoor viewing areas.  A brass plaque presents a good story of the geology of the Lake Superior Basin. Maps, brochures, and helpful attendants will answer questions and help you plan your activities.

Fall Colors, Self-guided Sightseeing – Consider a drive up the Northshore or even a side trip to Ely.  Depending of the progression of the seasonal color change you could be in for a great color show. Check out the Minnesota DNR fall color guide on line. ,

Hawk Ridge –The annual Autumn southward migration of raptors and the associated northern migration of bird watchers and researchers is on. Join the bird watchers for this nationally recognized  avian phenomenon, right here in Duluth!

Willard Munger Bike/Hike Trail,-accessible from the Buffalo Valley Campground, west to Jay Cooke State Park, east to Duluth  ,  

Skyline Drive – 25 miles from south entry point at Becks Road to north exit point at London Road.  Spectacular scenic drive with numerous overlooks including Thompson Hill Visitors Center, Enger Tower, Hawk Ridge, and Seven Bridges road along its route.

Enger Tower – Accessed from Skyline Drive, the best 360 degree views of Duluth-Superior are from this observation tower; watch for signs after Enger Golf Course.

7 Bridges Road – the decent of Skyline Drive from the ridge crest to London road along Amity Creek features attractive stone bridges.

Brighton Beach in Kitchi Gammi Park – a peaceful expanse of rocky and pebble covered shore line with parking and rest rooms  , or  
Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center– Canal Park this is probably the best free small museum we have visited anywhere. Don’t miss it. Plus, once you are here you can do all the rest Canal Park has to offer without moving your car.

Aerial Lift Bridge and Boat watching from Canal Park benches or the Maritime Museum.  Check  or call Boat Watchers Hotline 218-722-6489 for expected boat traffic.

Canal Park Window Shopping Free? Art Galleries, Restaurants, Antique Stores, Outdoor gear stores, Chocolate shops.  Interesting shops

Leif Erikson Park/ Rose Gardens. It will be a bit late for the roses but the frost may be in bloom and the views of the lake will be great.

Lake Walk-another Canal Park activity.  Miles of boardwalk along the lake shore, walk as far as you wish, weather permitting.

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum – 902 E. First, 218 728 0630. One of eight Karpeles libraries in the U.S. displaying original rare documents, manuscripts, and music. Noon to 4 Tuesday thru Sunday  

Walking tour of Duluth Mansions.  At one time ~100 years ago there were more millionaires per capita in Duluth than anywhere in the Country.  Many of their homes remain today. Download a guide to them at

Wisconsin Point -three miles of uninterrupted undeveloped natural sand dunes and beach ,

Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School Gas Station, It’s still a gas station, but, it’s the only one.

Tweed Museum of Art, UMD ,        Hours: Wed 9-4:30, Sat. 1 -5 218-726-8222

Agate Picking.  Gravels throughout the region including the campground may have agates.  Carlton County allows agate picking in certain inactive gravel pits.  Free permit required. Specific areas may be suggested later. PDFs/AgatePermit and Maps.pdf

Superior Hiking Trail.  If hiking for your scenic views is your thing, there is access to this trail system close to the Buffalo Valley CG.

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