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Spouse/Partner/Family Welcome

Saturday, June 24

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us in the spouse, partner and family lounge, for snacks and friendship. Even if you are not registered for the conference, we welcome you to this event. Meet new people and become reacquainted with others. Find out what opportunities are available to you throughout the conference. A Visit Duluth representative will be on hand to help you plan additional activities.

Area Attractions

  • Historic Glensheen Mansion Tour
    Come see why Glensheen Mansion, perched on the shore of Lake Superior, is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. Our 12-acre estate features gardens, bridges, and the famous 39-room mansion built with remarkable 20th century craftsmanship, telling the story of the Duluth region.
  • Lake Superior Glass Blowing
    The gallery at Lake Superior Art Glass features glass artwork of all types made by over 60 artists from the Midwest and beyond. This includes stained, fused, torch-worked, furnace worked and more! In our studio, students can take beginning, intermediate and advanced classes, as well as rent studio time to practice what they’ve learned. 
  • Vista Fleet
    Experience the wonders of Lake Superior as we cruise next to 1,000-foot lake freighters and oceangoing vessels to take in the activities of the Twin Ports harbor. Regular tours include sightseeing tours, dinners, twilight cruises, river cruises and lake adventures. There are many sights seen aboard the fleet including iconic landmarks such as the Aerial Lift Bridge, historic Canal Park, the Blatnik (High Bridge), the Bong Bridge, Midwest Terminal, CN taconite docks, etc. The cruises are fully narrated with a blend of entertaining facts, games, concessions, a full bar and much more.
  • Northshore Scenic Railroad Train Ride
    The North Shore Scenic Railroad operates on a 28 mile stretch of track between Duluth and Two Harbors, Minnesota. The Duluth Zephyr is our most popular trip. Great for all ages, this train operates daily in the summer and offers a 1-1/2 hour trip through downtown, along the shoreline of Lake Superior, through the historic Congdon Neighborhood wooded area, and up the shore to the Lester River, where the train stops to return to the Depot. 
  • Depot History Museum
    The Duluth Depot is fortunate to be the home to eight different organizations. There are three exhibiting organizations displaying collections of artifacts and artwork; the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, St. Louis County Historical Society, and Duluth Art Institute. The North Shore Scenic Railroad is a seasonal scenic railroad that boards at the Duluth Depot, and their Ticket Office is adjacent to the train museum. There are also four performing arts organizations that call the Duluth Depot their home. With all of these amazing organizations housed under one really large, very beautiful roof, it is easy to see why the Duluth Depot is the area’s hub for arts, history, and culture.
  • Spirit Mountain Adventure Park
    Your adventure begins right here at Spirit Mountain! The summer and fall adventure park includes an alpine coaster,  zip line, scenic chairlift rides, mini golf and disc golf.
  • Hartley Nature Center Hiking or Bird Watching
    Located in Duluth’s Woodland neighborhood, Hartley is a 660-acre city park filled with woods, trails, critters, ponds and views.With 10 miles of multi-use trails, the park is perfect for hiking and mountain biking in the summer and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Besides Hartley Pond, there are streams and vernal ponds that provide scenic places for paddlers to fish, sites for viewing waterfowl or areas to explore the beaver activity.
  • Lake Superior Hiking Trail Nature Hike
    The SHT is 326 miles if each section is hiked separately. This breaks down into 310 miles of main trail and 16 miles of spur trail. The trail is routed principally along the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior. The southernmost segment from the Minnesota border through the city of Duluth is 43 miles (41 main trail miles and 2 miles of spur trails). This section provides only day hike opportunities.

The Duluth Experience Excursions

Friday, June 23

  • Lake Superior Kayak Adventure | 9:00 am – 1:00pm | $75/person, includes lunch | This all-inclusive guided adventure is designed for all skill levels and will provide a unique experience paddling on the world’s largest freshwater lake.
  • Duluth History & Sightseeing Bus Tour | 9:00am – 1:00pm | $45/person, children 10 and under are free | The Duluth History & Sightseeing Bus Tour will take you back in time and give you a deeper appreciation for the City of Duluth – a historical story that helps to place Duluth’s present and future into a much more comprehensive context.
  • Duluth Traverse Mountain Bike Adventure | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | $75/person | Explore the Duluth Traverse with our fun & friendly guides and find out why Duluth is an International Mountain Bicycling Association Gold-Level Ride Center. This all-inclusive tour provides you with everything you’ll need to enjoy a few hours cycling Duluth’s scenic singletrack trails.
  • Sunset Kayak Tour | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | $60/person | This tranquil paddling experience is designed for all skill levels. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will provide practical instruction on paddling techniques and water safety before leading you on a spectacular paddling experience under the setting sun.
  • Duluth Dark History Walking Tour | 8:00pm – 10:00pm | $20/person | The Dark History Walking Tour focuses on the not-so-rosy stories of Duluth’s past and some of the reported hauntings that folks around town don’t necessarily like to talk about. You’ll make your way through Canal Park and Downtown Duluth – learning about gunfights, murders, and reported hauntings along the way. 

Saturday, June 24:

  • Lake Superior Kayak Adventure | 9:00 am – 1:00pm | $75/person, includes lunch | This all-inclusive guided adventure is designed for all skill levels and will provide a unique experience paddling on the world’s largest freshwater lake.
  • Duluth Traverse Mountain Bike Adventure | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | $75/person | Explore the Duluth Traverse with our fun & friendly guides and find out why Duluth is an International Mountain Bicycling Association Gold-Level Ride Center. This all-inclusive tour provides you with everything you’ll need to enjoy a few hours cycling Duluth’s scenic singletrack trails.
  • Saturday Night Brewery Tour | 5:30pm – 9:30pm | $79/person, dinner included | Go behind-the-scenes at three amazing breweries – Bent Paddle Brewing Company, Blacklist Artisan Ales, and Canal Park Brewing Company – and find out why Duluth’s Craft Beer Scene is at the epicenter of the growing craft beer industry in the Midwest.
  • Sunset Kayak Tour | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | $60/person | This tranquil paddling experience is designed for all skill levels. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will provide practical instruction on paddling techniques and water safety before leading you on a spectacular paddling experience under the setting sun.
  • Duluth Dark History Walking Tour | 8:00pm – 10:00pm | $20/person | The Dark History Walking Tour focuses on the not-so-rosy stories of Duluth’s past and some of the reported hauntings that folks around town don’t necessarily like to talk about. You’ll make your way through Canal Park and Downtown Duluth – learning about gunfights, murders, and reported hauntings along the way.
  • Night Owl Paddle Series | 10:00pm – 12:30am | $65/person | Join this special all-inclusive Saturday night paddling excursion and experience amazing views of the Duluth’s night-scape from a whole new perspective!

Sunday, June 25:

  • Black Sand Beach Kayak Adventure | 9:00am – 3:00pm | $115/person, lunch included | This all-inclusive day trip will take you to Lake Superior’s only black sand beach where you’ll paddle the rugged Lake Superior shoreline with experienced guides who have a deep passion for the outdoors and story-telling.
  • Duluth History & Sightseeing Bus Tour | 9:00am – 1:00pm | $45/person, children 10 and under are free | The Duluth History & Sightseeing Bus Tour will take you back in time and give you a deeper appreciation for the City of Duluth – a historical story that helps to place Duluth’s present and future into a much more comprehensive context.

Monday, June 26:

  • Duluth History & Sightseeing Bus Tour | 9:00am – 1:00pm | $45/person, children 10 and under are free | The Duluth History & Sightseeing Bus Tour will take you back in time and give you a deeper appreciation for the City of Duluth – a historical story that helps to place Duluth’s present and future into a much more comprehensive context.

 

Day Trips/Out of Town Sites

  • Split Rock Lighthouse Tour
    Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark’s construction. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Split Rock Light Station soon became one of Minnesota’s best known landmarks. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the light station offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular setting. Split Rock Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark.
  • International Wolf Center in Ely
    The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future. The International Wolf Center maintains a live wolf exhibit, featuring our ambassador wolf pack to enhance both in-person and online educational experiences. These ambassador wolves contribute to the Center’s mission by reinforcing our educational messages and by creating a connection with each one of our visitors.
  • Tour the Mesabi Iron Range – birthplace of the steel industry.
    Today, Mesabi is the crossroads of industry and nature: tour an active mine, ride a vintage trolley, explore a mining ghost town and sample or even learn to cook traditional foods like sarma, potica, pasty or lefse. View the childhood home of Bob Dylan and see the stage where he performed as a high school student. Tour America’s hockey mecca in Eveleth, home to many great players, or try your hand at another ice sport: curling.
  • Goosesberry Falls State Park
    Gooseberry Falls is the gateway to the North Shore. It is known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, Lake Superior shoreline, Civilian Conservation Corps log and stone structures, and north woods wildlife. Listen to the thunderous roar of the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River as it plummets through a rocky gorge. Watch for waves, ships or the moon rise on Lake Superior from an ancient lava flow known as the Picnic Flow. To get the most out of your visit, stop by the Joseph N. Alexander Visitor Center where you can find park information, interpretive displays, a park video, Nature Store, and more. Don’t miss the Gateway Plaza for outdoor interpretive signs on area resources and history.

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