The Duluth Aquarium and More Things to do at Canal Park

One of the most popular attractions in Duluth for visitors and locals is Canal Park on the shores of Lake Superior. You’ll find plenty of things to do here, including the Duluth Aquarium, also known as the Great Lakes Aquarium. This charming lakefront fixture sits in the shadow of the historic Aerial Lift Bridge. It features animals and habitats within the Great Lakes basin and other worldwide ecosystems such as the Amazon River or Pacific reefs.

The Duluth Aquarium is home to over 1,000 fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Highlights include multiple hands-on and touch exhibits, including North America’s largest sturgeon touch pool. It’s fun to visit the aquarium at any age. Then there’s plenty more to explore in Canal Park, including the Lakewalk, the Bayfront Festival Park, ship watching, restaurants, breweries, and the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

Canal Park is a hub of activity in our city, and choosing a lodging option within walking distance is always an added bonus. Our bed and breakfast in Duluth, MN, is a fantastic place to stay, not only because of our location but also because of our elegant guest rooms, welcoming hospitality, beautiful lakefront views, and wholesome breakfast service each morning. You’ll be encouraged to make yourself entirely at home in our comfortable shared spaces and your private room. Start planning your next weekend getaway or extended vacation to Duluth, and book your lodging today.

Duluth Aquarium and more things to do in Canal Park near our bed and breakfast

Visit the Duluth Aquarium & Check Out Canal Park

As a guest at our bed and breakfast in Duluth, MN, you’ll be just a quick walk across the iconic Aerial Lift Bridge to all of Canal Park’s best attractions, including the Duluth Aquarium. While you might think aquariums are best enjoyed with kids in tow, adults can still enjoy a stroll to see the beautiful displays, interesting marine collections, and so much more.

Here are the best things to do in Canal Park during your visit:

  1. Great Lakes Duluth Aquarium: A visit to the Duluth Aquarium is a lovely way to learn more about the Great Lakes and these impressive freshwater bodies of water. There are so many species that call this area home. Be sure to check out the sturgeon exhibit, one of the biggest in the country!
  2. Lake Superior Maritime Museum: If you have an affinity for these large and impressive ships that bring all sorts of goods into the port, first stop by this museum at Canal Park for more information.
  3. Watching the Ships Head into Port: Canal Park is one of the best places to view the Aerial Lift Bridge in action and watch these ships head in and out. There are shipping times to follow, so you’ll be guaranteed a great show.
  4. Bayfront Festival Park: Our city loves festivals! Throughout the year, there’s a long list of Duluth events, many of which take place at Canal Park, and this venue is just next door to the Duluth Aquarium. One of the most popular events is the Bayfront Blues Festival each August.
  5. Grab a Beer or Craft Cocktail with a View: Canal Park has a few great places for a drink, but two of our favorites are Canal Park Brewing and the award-winning Vilke Distillery.
  6. Stroll Along the Duluth Lakewalk: Enjoy a leisurely walk or bike ride along the Duluth Lakewalk, which stretches from Canal Park to Leif Erickson Park and offers stunning views of Lake Superior. Stop off at the Canal Park Lighthouse for scenic views of the lake.
  7. Book a Tour with Day Tripper Duluth: Kayaking on Lake Superior is an unforgettable experience, and a guided tour will make it even more enjoyable.
  8. Shopping & Dining: Canal Park Square has a great collection of local boutiques, and the I Love Duluth gift shop has plenty of souvenirs. Fantastic dining options also abound; a few favorites include the Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar, Va Bene, and the Northern Waters Smokehaus.

You could spend most of the day exploring Canal Park, including a stop at the Duluth Aquarium, a lunch date, and a lovely walk around the park. As a guest at our bed and breakfast in Duluth, you can head out on foot and explore!

Duluth Aquarium and more things to do in Canal Park near our bed and breakfast

Stay at our Lakeshore Bed and Breakfast in Duluth, MN

There’s something exceptional about picking a classic hosted getaway at our bed and breakfast in Duluth over a traditional hotel stay. You’ll have invested innkeepers who truly want you to have the most incredible time during your vacation. You’ll have a memorable stay on the quiet shores of Lake Superior with an elegantly equipped guest room as your homebase.

A recent kind review on TripAdvisor from a happy guest:

“The inn and room were beautifully decorated and solidly built. Our room overlooked the shore of Lake Superior; even in the winter, the view was awesome. The inn has access to the beach, which is a great place to stroll. The inn is easily within walking distance of the Duluth Aquarium and Canal Park with its wide range of attractions, shops, and restaurants. Hosts Mary and Brian were extremely kind and accommodating to dietary needs. We would definitely recommend this place for a romantic weekend.”

We can’t wait to host you at our bed and breakfast in Duluth! Start planning your next quick weekend getaway, extended vacation, or solo retreat to explore all the best things to do in Canal Park and beyond. Check out our upcoming availability and book your lodging today!

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