Welcome to my little tour of Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota. Canal Park is an excellent place to visit. It has so much to do that it is really hard to look at everthing in one day. Below are some of the main attractions that bring so many people to fall in love with Canal Park each year.

 

Attractions

The Lighthouse
Art in the Canal
The Lift Bridge
Ship Tours
The Maritime Visitors Center

The Acquarium
The Omnimax Theatre
The Decc
Charter Fishing
The Grandma's Marathon

The Lighthouse


The lighthouse located right next to the lift bridge is a great place to visit during the summer. You can catch a great view of all the ships coming in and out of the canal by standing on the pier. The present day lighthouse was built in 1901. Another light (Duluth South Breakwater Inner Light) was built in 1889 to serve as a range light in combination with the Outer Light.

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The Acquarium


America's Only All Fresh Water Aquarium Great Lakes Aquarium is located along the Duluth, Minnesota Harbor at the foot of 5th Avenue West. The 62,382 square foot building houses aquarium exhibits, a natural history center, science center and cultural exhibits. Classroom space, a cafe and gift shop are also located in the building. 
Great Lakes Aquarium
353 Harbor Drive
Duluth, Minnesota 55802 
Phone:(218) 740-FISH (3474)
www.glaquarium.org
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Art in the Canal

The natural beauty of the Duluth Waterfront. The historic sites in Canal Park. The color and activity of a working international seaport. All combine to create the perfect setting for an outdoor gallery of international art.

At carefully selected sites along Duluth's waterfront, you'll discover a collection of international sculpture and art pieces. All have been selected for their thought-provoking, enduring and memorable qualities by the Duluth Public Arts Commission under the direction of the Mayor of Duluth and the Duluth City Council. Through each artist, the diverse social, cultural and historical values of the City of Duluth and its sister cities have been identified and interpreted.
(Source: Duluth Public Arts Commission)
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The Omnimax Theatre


What is the OMNIMAX® experience?
Images are projected with a 180 degree fish-eye lens to fill most of a vast dome screen visually encompassing the audience. And the specially-designed theatre with its steeply-pitched seating gives you a perfect, full view.

The huge film frame and giant screen, plus the most advanced projector ever designed; superb six-channel, OMNIMAX® sound; and specially-designed theatres combine to create the
OMNIMAX® experience - an amazing sense of involvement, of being in the picture.

Duluth Omnimax Theatre
301 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 218-727-0022
www.duluthomnimax.com
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The Lift Bridge

The aerial lift bridge has a lot of history to it and is world famous. During the summer it is nice to go down the the bridge and watch the ships come in and out of the canal.

Although originally designed and currently configured as a vertical lift bridge, the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth began life as an aerial transfer bridge, an extremely rare type inspired by the only other such structure in the world a suspended car bridge at Rouen, France.
The aerial bridge design called for a 900-ton center lift span 386 feet long, counterbalanced by concrete weights of 450 tons each located within the end towers. The lift span was actually about 17 tons heavier than the counterweights to give it stability, particularly when raised in high winds.
Read More on the Bridge
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The D.E.C.C.


You'll find over 250,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit spaces, glorious ballrooms, and attention to every detail. But more importantly, you'll find that at the DECC, form follows function. Everything is right where you need it to be, and everyone is right there to help make sure you have the best-run meeting ever.

350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN  55802
218.722.5573
www.decc.org
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Ship Tours


S.S. William A. Irvin

For more than 40 years the S.S. William A. Irvin carried iron ore and coal to Great Lakes ports, often crashing through ferocious storms to reach her destinations. Yet, the enormous vessel represents much more than impressive power. As the proud flagship of U.S. Steel's Great Lakes Fleet, she provided comfort and elegance to dignitaries and guests who traveled the Lakes with her. This rare combination of maritime force and grace has been experienced by very few. Now, you can experience life on the lakes by touring the S.S. William A. Irvin and companion tug, LAKE SUPERIOR.
(Source: S.S. William Website)
S.S. William A. Irvin
350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 722-5573
www.williamairvin.com
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Charter Fishing


There is a large variety of fishing charters available down in Canal Park. They are all located next to the William A. Irvin ship (the one that gives tours). Some range from all day to 3-4 hours. To see a full list of the charters available and all of their prices, click on the link below.

Duluth Fishing Charters
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The Maritime Visitors Center


The visitors center is a very neat place to start your tour of canal park. It isn't just a visitors center, it's actually a museum and the house for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Admission to the museum is always free and it is open all year round. Some of the exhibits include a life size model of what some of the old cabins aboard ships were like, an engine from one of the old ore ships, and a hands on example of how the the locks work. Additional information can be found on their website below.

Maritime Visitors Center
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The Grandma's Marathon


If you are lucky enough to come to Duluth in the summer you might witness Grandma's Marathon. Grandma's Marathon is a point-to-point course run along the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior. The 26.2-mile stretch begins on scenic Old Highway 61, just outside Two Harbors, Minnesota and finishes in Duluth's Canal Park. Enthusiastic volunteers, spectators and live entertainers line the streets to cheer runners on as they stride to the finish line. Grandma's Marathon is now a self-governed nonprofit organization and a world-ranked race drawing more than 9,000 participants from across the globe each June.
www.grandmasmarathon.com
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Dining
Red Lobster
Famous Daves
Bellisio's
Green Mill
Old Chicago
Grandma's
Lodging
Canal Park Inn
Hampton Inn
Comfort Suites of Duluth

Red Lobster


Red Lobster is a good seafood place to eat in Canal Park. They have a website available below with a full menu.
www.redlobster.com
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Famous Daves



Famous Daves has some great bbq. Check out there full menu available at there web site below.
www.famousdaves.com
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Bellisio's



Bellisio's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is stacked to the rafters with over 4,000 bottles of wine representing over 500 selections, 125 are served by the glass.Combine this with its delicious and authentic Italian menu and you create a one-of-a-kind intimate yet casual dining experience.

405 Lake Avenue S
Duluth, MN 218-727-4921
www.bellisio's.com
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Green Mill


Green Mill is a resturaunt that serves a variety of different foods from pizza to chicken wings with everything in between.
340 Lake Ave.
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-727-7000
www.greenmill.com
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Old Chicago


Old Chicago has some great pizza and calzones as well as a full bar with more than 110 different kinds of beer. The world beer tour lets you taste each beer and once you've completed them all you get your name emblazoned on The Famous Hall of Foam.
www.oldchicago.com
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Grandma's


Grandma's hosts a variety of good food. It does get a little pricey so watch what you order. More information about them can be found on their website.
www.grandmas.com
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Canal Park Inn


One of the four hotels that are lined along the shoreline and boardwalk. This hotel provides an excellent view of the shoreline and lake superior. To book a reservation visit their site below.

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Hampton Inn


One of the four hotels that are lined along the shoreline and boardwalk. This hotel provides an excellent view of the shoreline and lake superior. To book a reservation visit their site below.

www.hamptoninn.com
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Comfort Suites of Duluth


One of the four hotels that are lined along the shoreline and boardwalk. This hotel provides an excellent view of the shoreline and lake superior. To book a reservation visit their site below.

www.comfortinn.com
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