Big enough to get lost. Small enough to find yourself.
11,000 acres of parks and public spaces. Over 160 miles of trails. 3 quadrillion gallons of fresh water. And hundreds of talented artists, chefs and craftsmen.
You’re not just choosing a school. You’re choosing a community. And that community extends beyond campus.
Why wouldn’t you want to live here? On the shores of the country’s largest body of fresh water is a city ranked as the “Greatest Outdoor City in America” and the second-best “Adventure Hub” on the planet (Outside Magazine). Who wouldn't want to live in a place like that?
This is Duluth!
Home to over 11,000 acres of parks and public spaces. 160 miles of trails. Adventure recreation spanning four true seasons. It’s a bold city full of hearty, audacious people who are just as comfortable in a blizzard as they are on the beach.
In the spring and summer, residents and tourists alike flock to the shores of Lake Superior, where they swim, canoe, kayak or catch a festival concert at Bayfront Park.
Between class, walk along the Superior Hiking Trail – a 275-mile-long trail winding along the North Shore of the mighty Lake Superior – which spends 43 beautiful miles winding through Duluth or catch a minor league baseball game, the Duluth Huskies, who thrive in historic Wade Stadium.
In the fall, people travel hundreds of miles to view the changing foliage or spy countless birds of prey from the top of Hawk Ridge. When the sun sets, they dive into Oktoberfest or take a terrifying tour aboard the William A. Irvin Haunted Ship, one of the biggest and best haunts in Minnesota.
The fun doesn’t stop once the snow flies, either. Spirit Mountain boasts the second tallest skiing peak in Minnesota, plus over 900 feet of downhill trails for skiers of all abilities – not to mention a serious halfpipe for snowboarders. If you’re more into cross country, don’t worry: There’s 20 trails for that, too. Add in Bentleyville – the largest outdoor holiday lighting display in the upper Midwest and you’ve count four seasons of fun right outside your door.
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Duluth isn’t just about what’s outside, however. Far from it. The city is host to a thriving arts and culture community.
WORLD-CLASS CUISINE, LOCALLY FOCUSED
Duluth has one of the greatest cuisine cultures in the state, if not the whole Midwest. There are over 200 restaurants in the area, with everything from sushi to Thai to Indian on the menu. And, while you can certainly find your favorite chain within city limits, the true beauty of the local food seen can be found in the dozens of creative and talented chefs that have taken over the kitchens of some of the finest restaurants in the region.
With a growing focus on locally grown and sourced food (one restaurant even turned their parking lot into a vegetable garden), Duluth is now offering some of the most delicious and sustainable food in the state.
Live music is alive and kicking in the Northland, with the Homegrown Music Festival – a week-long celebration of every type of music imaginable – serving as the centerpiece to a full year of hundreds and hundreds of live concerts each year.
A dozen art galleries call the area home, offering hand-made work from local artists for every type of budget. If you feel like making some of your own, most galleries offer classes that will help you hone your skills – or discover them.
Nearly a half-dozen local theater companies call the area home, including the oldest community theater in America, the Duluth Playhouse, which features a full season of crowd-pleasers, and their companion theater, the intimate Underground, offer everything from children’s theater to live music to plays.
The Zeitgeist Arts building is home to the Zinema 2 (the area’s only art-house cinema) and the Teatro Zuccone, a live theater space offering up live music, regional and national touring acts and live Improv comedy every weekend. The Teatro Zuccone is also home to Duluth’s iconic Renegade Theater Company, which produces a 6-show season of bold, cutting-edge theater.
If that’s not enough entertainment for you, there’s classical theater from Wise Fool Shakespeare, jaw-dropping dance from the Minnesota Ballet, soul-stirring music from the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of the North, plus some killer shows put on right on campus by the Kirby Program Board, the Music Department and the Deparment of Theatre.
And nearly all of them are on the lookout for fresh blood. If you’ve got the performing itch, they can help you scratch it.
In Duluth, it's not a question of "What should we do tonight?" it's "What do we want to do tonight."
UMD is a small school with big opportunities in a variety of areas. Come join the excitement!