Coming home for a vacation

My wife, kids and I are traveling home to Duluth in mid October and this will be my first trip back home since having children. The oldest will be 18 months in October and we need some activities for the days since the nights will be spent in Gary bars. (yes the kids too)

I have the common list of the zoo, aquarium, children’s museum and trains. Along with walking the tracks in Morgan Park and showing them were I learned to get into trouble. I need some suggestions of other things to do.

If you could drop me some suggestion in the comment stream, that would be great.



about 14 years ago

Throw rocks in the water at Brighton beach.  Kids love throwing rocks.


about 14 years ago

Take them to the Playfront Park "castle playground" before they tear it down. It's a great playground for little ones.


about 14 years ago

@ Hartley Nature center, monday and tuesday mornings (10am), they have a fantastic program for toddlers and preschoolers. Storytelling, craft and hike.


about 14 years ago

I'm not trying to be sarcastic here, and I don't have kids, but the oldest is 18 months...and they need activities? I guess the only thing that comes to mind might be the giant sandbox that is the beach if it is warm enough or a tour of the haunted ship. Seriously though, is an 18 month-old able to comprehend the sights and sounds of city enough to make sight-seeing worthwhile?


about 14 years ago

Persch- Do the train ride if you can.  Very fun- our kids all love it.  Then play 'tourist' in Canal Park.  Always fun to do.  Hope you enjoy your trip back.  How long you staying?  You could pack every day with something.


about 14 years ago

We are coming home the 7th thru the 14th with the littlest one's baptism on that Sunday. Should be a good trip.


about 14 years ago

I can think of a bunch of places, but one thing that might be unique is the little known estuary trail that floats on water near the NewPage paper mill.  It was built by UMD students, I think.  They used plastic buoy-type float walkways linked together for part of it.  Perfectly safe.  It's an out and back deal that, if I remember correctly, is about one and a half miles round trip and doesn't require climbing a bunch of hills.  Very solitary if you don't want to be around crowds.

If you're adventurous, there's Wisconsin Point :)

Ben Small

about 14 years ago

Jeff?  Remember me?  My mom has some great pictures of you and me bundled up in snow suits playing next to the parsonage.  I think we're about three years old.  Where do you live now?

I like the beach idea.


about 14 years ago

Lake Superior Maritime Museum in Canal Park.


about 14 years ago

my favorite baby/small kid organized activity in duluth is a song circle at the coppertop at 10:30 tuesdays.  

my boys' favorite unsheduled activities around town are (as mentioned) throwing rocks in the water at brighton beach, running across the 'castle stage' at leif erickson park, getting a 25 cent candy at the fetus, getting a deli 'picnic' from the co-op, and just going for a walk.  there are so many great places to walk in duluth.  plus you'll be here at prime leaf collecting time.

Paul Lundgren

about 14 years ago

If you didn't check it out last time you were in town, don't miss the Indian War Elephant Armor at Puglisi Gun Emporium.


(Not necessarily something an 18-month-old would dig, but since you'll be in the neighborhood you better check it out.)

Let me know what night to find you at Shotz!


about 14 years ago

Puglisi... I think I know one :>.  I have yet to see the gun shop; looking for a big game rifle and all.

No, seriously, I'm trying to come up with something better than that, Paul, but I can't.

Maybe the giant hanging molded wall beauty at the Jade (sorry, don't have a pic).

Barrett Chase

about 14 years ago

This Could Be You

Do you mean this?

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