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Winter Outdoor Activities to Enjoy in Duluth MN

by JS Realty

Duluth is a great place to live year round, however, sometimes in the winter it is hard to remember that there is plenty to do outside.  Here’s a few ideas of what you can do outside to pass the time and have fun while doing it too!

Spirit Mountain is located in Duluth and is the go to spot for skiing and snowboarding.  Featuring 22 downhill runs (6 Easiest, 8 More Difficult, 5 Most Difficult and 3 Terrain Feature Areas), Spirit Mountain can accommodate anyone from a novice to an expert skier/snowboarder.  Stay at one of the villas located right on the mountain or in a nearby hotel.

Cross-Country Skiing is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by all ages.  In the Duluth area there are several trails that are perfect for cross country skiing.  Some of these include but are not limited to, Jay Cook State Park, Magney-Snivley, Piedmont, Hartley, Lester-Amity and Bagley Nature Center, Pine Valley in Cloquet and Spirit Mountain.

The great thing about snowshoeing is that once you get the equipment, if you can walk, you can do it.  Many of the parks that you can cross country ski in are also great for snowshoeing in, but beware trails get packed down quick.  You can also snowshoe anywhere there snow.  Snowshoeing is a great winter activity to participate in.  Jay Cook Park has some great trails that

Ice skating
Several areas around town have a pleasure rink that is free for people to utilize.  There is a pleasure rink and warming shack in Bayfront that is free for the public to use and features some great views of Lake Superior.

Chester Bowl
Opening around mid-December, Chester Bowl offers spot to ski and snowboard in the heart of Duluth.  The fun hill is over 800 feet long, has 175 feet of vertical drop and has a double chair lift.  Perfect for those just starting out on the slopes, Chester Bowl also offers ski lessons on most Saturdays.  Rent your ski equipment out for the season to see if you skiing is something you’d enjoy!


Ice fishing is a great way to spend your day when it’s chilly out.  You can ice fish on Lake Superior or on one of the various surrounding lakes.  You can still enjoy a nice walleye dinner in the winter!  Just make sure to bring your auger and vexlar.

Snowmobiling is a great past time and can be lots of fun to do as well as watch.  Here is a list of all the designated snowmobile trails in Duluth and the rules and regulations. If you’re interested in watching snowcross, this year there was a snowcross kickoff at Spirit Mountain over the last weekend of November.

Duluth is the perfect place to watch a hockey game.  If you’re into college hockey enjoy one of the many UMD men’s or women’s hockey games at the Amsoil arena.  You could also go see one of the high school teams play at Heritage Center, Mars arena, Hermantown, Proctor or Cloquet.  Click here for area high school games on any date.  If you are interested in playing hockey, for the last 12 years there has been a pond hockey tournament that you can participate in just over the bridge in Superior at Barker’s Island.  Here is the rules and regulations for teams and the game dates .  On February 6th Duluth will be hosting the Minnesota Hockey Day down at Bayfront Park.

Top Highlights of Lincoln Park

by JS Realty

Known as one of Duluth’s larger neighborhoods, Lincoln Park has much to boast about.

Lincoln Park is located south of Skyline Parkway, East of the Wheeler Athletic Complex, North of the St Louis River and West of the lower section of Piedmont Ave.

Duluth Heritage Sports Center was built in 2008 and provides a timeless and classic display of the hockey history in Duluth.  There are two 200x85 hockey rinks known as the Sill Arena (which sits 1,300 fans) and the Sietz Arena (which sits 800 fans) and eight locker rooms.  The Duluth Heritage Sports Center provides a safe and nice area for local youths and community teams to enjoy playing hockey year round.  During the late spring to early fall months there Turf installed in the Seitz Arena to make the facility usable for several different sports.

Local Business
Lincoln Park has a wide variety of businesses located in its neighborhood.  Some of the businesses include but are not limited to, Aero Design and Manufacturing, Airgas, Anderson Furniture, Black Goose Chimney & Duct, Community Action Duluth, Darlene’s Hair Stylists, Duluth Kennel Club, Duluth Auto Parts, Frost River, Second Look Books, Jos Sew Fine, Gateway Gifts of the World, Carr’s Hobby Shop, Madill Performing Arts Center, Simply Amish, Robert’s Furniture, On the Limit and Big Bottle Shop Liquor Store.

Boys and Girls Club of the NorthlandThe Boys and Girls Club has been around in Duluth since 1980 and in 1994 they opened a branch located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and then again in 2008, they opened a 2nd location in the Lincoln Park at the Duluth Heritage Center.  They strive to keep a good environment to the area’s youth and the want to meet the needs of everyone who crosses their doors.  They offer a variety of activities and programs to help keep kids learning and active as well as out of trouble.

Local Restaurants
Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood are several delicious restaurants.  These restaurants include but are not limited to, the Duluth Grill, Johnson’s Bakery and Coffee Shop, Clyde Iron Works, Bedrock Bar, All American Club, Subway, Bergey’s, Little Caesars, T-Bonz Bar & Restaurant and Burger King.  If you’re into Micro Breweries, then you’re in luck!  Lake Superior Brewing Company & Bent Paddle Brewing Company are both located in Lincoln Park and provide tours of the brewery as well as samples and a place to sit down while drinking one of their creations. 

Duluth Children’s Museum
Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood is the Duluth’s Children Museum. Loaded with interactive exhibits and endeavors to create a learning environment for all ages of children.  The museum has daily programming that invites children to explore the world and that tries to lean towards, science, technology, engineering, arts and math.  Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm.

Places of Worship
There are several places to worship located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, including but not limited to, Rock Hill Community Church, Lincoln Park Community Church, First Covenant Church, Zion Lutheran Church, Holy Family Catholic Church, Church of Restoration, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Bethany Lutheran Church and Engage Church.

Clyde Iron Works is an event center as well a restaurant and bar.  In its beginnings, it was a steel foundry and later on was reconstructed to be the event center/restaurant and bar that it is today.  Clyde Iron Works features an industrial feel and has several walls and portions that exist from its time as a steel foundry. The Clyde Iron Works serves American cuisine.

Public Schools
The Lincoln Park neighborhood is located within Duluth Independent School District #709.  There is a new Middle School that opened for the 2012-2013 school year.  This school serves students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade and they strive to nurture the development of responsible and thoughtful students.

Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center for Art Education
The Duluth Art Institute has a branch located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood at 2229 W 2nd St.  In this location you’ll find the ceramic studio and multi-use room as well as a darkroom for developing photographs.  Explore the artist in you today.

Lincoln Park is one of the oldest parks in Duluth, it falls from 3rd street to Skyline Parkway and is about 35 acres.  The Lincoln Park Trail runs through it as does the Miller Creek.  There is a beautiful stone pavilion that was built in 1933 that still stands.  There is a playground and a covered pavilion that is ideal for picnicking.

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Duluth MN 55811
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