Checkout out all the things to do in Duluth while you stay with us

Larsmont Cottages is located between Two Harbors and Duluth, Minnesota. Travel north for the quaintness of a small town, travel south for the excitement of a small city. Explore the links below to discover the excitement in Duluth!

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Trails

Superior Hiking Trail
Accept the challenge of hiking some of the most rugged and picturesque trails in the Midwest. The Superior Hiking Trail presents over 200 miles of gorgeous views, towering groves of pine, maple, birch and aspen, tumbling waterfalls and hidden river valleys. Camp at any of the many designated areas or spend a night in a cozy northern resort. This trail is one of the ten best in the United States according to “Backpacker” magazine.

Railroads

Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad
Enjoy a historic 90-minute journey along the scenic St. Louis River. Here is a chance to view wildlife in its natural environment while enjoying the majestic beauty of the river and surrounding area. Using vintage equipment as well as an open “Safari Car” on its excursions, the LS&M traces its roots back to 1863 and was the first railroad linking Duluth with the Twin Cities. The LS&M is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of railroad history and the restoration of railroad artifacts. The train departs from the LS&M station at Grand Avenue and Fremont Street, across from the Lake Superior Zoo.

Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Climb up into the cab of one of the world’s largest steam locomotives and take the throttle of the huge Yellowstone Class Mallet. Take in the view from the cupola of a wooden caboose. Imagine what dining on the rails was like as you marvel at one-of-a-kind dining car china and table settings displayed in a restored, turn-of-the-century coach. Learn more about the history of railroading in Minnesota as you view the “William A Crooks”, the state’s first steam engine and explore the inside of the oldest known steam rotary snowplow still in existence today. The Lake Superior Railroad Museum has something for everyone! Plan to spend several hours here and bring your camera!

North Shore Scenic Railroad
The conductor checks your ticket and calls out “All Aboard!” A short blast of the whistle and your adventure begins. Your train pulls out of the historic Union Depot in downtown Duluth and rumbles through the city, along the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior and deep into the majestic North Woods. Riding in vintage coaches, you’ll cross tall trestles over North Shore rivers that race towards Lake Superior. All tours are fully narrated and fun! Take the 1 1/2 hour Lester River excursion, a 6-hour trip to beautiful Two Harbors, or join the family fun on the evening “Pizza Train”. There are “Elegant Dinner Trains”, “Murder Mystery Trains”, “Steam Excursions”, The “Grandma’s Marathon Special” and others.

Golf

Enger Park Golf Course
Duluth offers two championship golf facilities with great golf, great views and great prices. Each facility offers 27 holes, driving range and short game practice area, full snack bar and golf instruction from PGA golf professionals. Groups and corporate outings welcomed!

Lester Park Golf Course
Duluth offers two championship golf facilities with great golf, great views and great prices. Each facility offers 27 holes, driving range and short game practice area, full snack bar and golf instruction from PGA golf professionals. Groups and corporate outings welcomed!

North Shore Scenic Drive

Scenic

North Shore Scenic Drive
Newly dedicated as a Scenic Byway this is a scenic drive along the shore of Lake Superior with inspiring lake views. Ample lodging featuring old-fashioned hospitality, tempting restaurants and charming gift shops are all along the drive. The North Shore Scenic Drive starts near Brighton Beach, which is located in Kitchi Gammi Park on Highway 61, and runs 22 miles to Two Harbors.

Scenic Byways
Enjoy a change of pace with a relaxing drive on one of our many nearby Scenic Byways. Whether you are traveling to a particular destination or just meandering, State and National Scenic Byways are a great way to enjoy the beauty of the road less traveled. Scenic Highway 61 has been named an All-American Road. This breathtaking section of highway, which runs more than 120 miles from Duluth up Lake Superior’s North Shore to the Canadian Border, is the northernmost tip of one of America’s most fabled thoroughfares.

Things To Do And See

Glensheen Historic Estate

Glensheen Historic Estate
Tour the historic Congdon mansion, Duluth’s premier estate with over 7 acres directly on the shore of Lake Superior. Glensheen features a 39-room Jacobean style mansion complete with custom designed original furnishings. The beautifully manicured grounds include formal gardens, carriage house with carriage collection, gardener’s cottage, clay tennis court and more. Completed in 1908, Glensheen is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
Canal Park’s Marine Museum, drawing more visitors than any other museum on Lake Superior. Film shows, model ships and exhibits featuring the commercial shipping of Lake Superior and the Duluth-Superior Harbor. At Canal Park you are within yards of giant lake carriers and foreign ships as they pass under the world-famous Aerial Lift Bridge. While you are there, sit back and enjoy the beautiful gulls, and walk along the canal’s piers to its lighthouses. New exhibits on lighthouses and Lewis & Clark Bicentennial open with assistance from Lake Superior Marine Museum Association. Open year-round. No admission. Programs always free. Groups must register in advance. It’s the boatwatchers paradise. Come and enjoy it.

S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum

S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum
Flagship of the “Silver Stack” Fleet! In her working life the William A Irvin carried more than just millions of tons of rich, red iron ore; she transported dignitaries, the elite and the powerful of the day in her magnificently appointed, wood-paneled staterooms. Her guests dined at the finest table and she was the flagship of the USS Great Lakes Fleet, the Silver Stackers! Now a floating museum, the boat is permanently docked along the Duluth waterfront. Tours include the Army Corps of Engineers historic tugboat, ” Lake Superior” at no extra charge.

St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, The Depot

St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center,
The Depot

Known locally as the “Depot”, this historic building was constructed in 1892 and for years served as Duluth’s busiest railroad station and “Port of entry”. The “Ellis Island” of Northeastern Minnesota, the Chateauesque-style Union Depot in downtown Duluth served as a gateway to the New World for thousands of immigrants arriving by train at the turn of the century. Today vintage steam locomotives and their antique, wooden coaches still wait silently for passengers trackside in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, home of the Midwest’s largest, indoor train collection. ( See Lake Superior Railroad Museum.) Also trackside is ” Depot Square” a realistic, life-size depiciton of Downtown Duluth as it looked in 1910. One low priced admission ticket covers the railroad museum, the Saint Louis County Historical Society’s regional exhibits, exhibits by regional artists in the galleries of the Duluth Art Institute and the fun of learning in the Duluth Children’s Museum. The Depot is also home to productions of the Duluth Playhouse. The Depot is also home to other performing arts organizations. A Great Family Adventure!

Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra
For seventy years, the Orchestra has performed a diverse repertoire ranging from the traditional Western European classics to the contemporary commissioned works by current composers. The Orchestra performs seven masterworks programs and three pops programs on a subscription basis. It also supports three youth ensembles as well as educational programs. It is one of the leading arts organizations of northern Minnesota.

Fitger's Brewery Complex Museum

Fitger’s Brewery Complex Museum
In 1859, Fitger’s beer ran so cold the steins had to be heated before the beer could be enjoyed. Today, enjoy the brewery, not just the specialty brews with Fitger’s Museum! Specializing in the legendary history of northern Minnesota brewing and featuring memorabilia from what was once one of the most successful breweries in the state.

Tom’s Logging Camp
An authentic replica of an early Northern Minnesota logging camp containing original tools and equipment. Tour includes eight museum buildings, gravity house, llamas, chickens, trout, pygmy goats and a nature trail. Gift shop features jewelry, pottery, wild rice, woodcraft, souvenirs and discount prices on Minnetonka Moccasins.