Here at Island View Resort, we truly believe we live in one of the greatest areas around. With so many amazing things to do right nearby, who could say differently?
Duluth is just a short 20-minute drive away and we’ve already shared a lot of things to do in Duluth MN, but we can’t forget about the sweet little town of Two Harbors on the other side of our cabin resort!
Two Harbors, MN is just a 10 or so minute drive up the North Shore from our cabins, and there’s plenty to do, eat and see. Below we’ve come up with a number of things to do in Two Harbors MN to keep your stay at Island View packed with fun!
Two Harbors Lighthouse
This is the oldest operating lighthouse in Minnesota and overlooks a beautiful scene: Lake Superior’s Agate Bay. Picnic on the lawn during nice days or take a tour of the inside of the lighthouse on colder or dreary days when you’re looking for something to do. Driving time: 16 minutes
Betty’s Pies is world famous for, you guessed it, pie! The restaurant has over 20 pie flavors people travel all over the world to try, and they serve a mean breakfast, lunch and dinner as well. Take a second to enjoy the small-town diner life while overlooking Lake Superior. Driving time: 14 minutes
Agate Bay Beach
We get it: Minnesota gets its fair share of cold weather. It’s a good thing this beach is a lovely thing to do in Two Harbors no matter what time of year it is! The beach has a magnificent view of the lake as well as a long pier to walk along and plenty of Agate hunting for free souvenirs. Driving time: 15 minutes
Edna G. Tugboat
Besides having perhaps the best tugboat name ever, Edna G. is located right in Agate Bay so she’s the perfect thing to tour while you’re already in that area! Built in 1896, Edna G. faithfully worked on the Great Lakes and is now retired for daily tours. Driving time: 15 minutes
Flood Bay State Wayside
Waysides are typically pieces of land too small to be considered state parks, but the Flood Bay State Wayside still has a large piece of our hearts! We’re convinced this has the greatest beachside walk along the North Shore. Get ready to see plenty of water fowl and creatures if you venture here! Driving time: 13 minutes
This state park is known as the gateway to the North Shore Scenic Drive which so many visitors enjoy while staying at Island View Resort. Gooseberry Falls State Park has breathtaking waterfalls famous in our corner of the world. Driving time: 20 minutes
Stop by and enjoy a nice cold one at Castle Danger Brewery, which has beers, events and music for any time of year. Plus, like many other things along the North Shore, you can enjoy your brew with a view of Lake Superior! Driving time: 12 minutes
Don’t be fooled by the name; this bike shop is so much more. The Cedar Coffee Company is SpokeNGear’s sister company and is located in the same shop, so you can get lunch, local coffee and your mountain bike fixed up for a great trail ride all in one stop. Driving time: 10 minutes
Giant Chair Photos
What’s a vacation without a few cheesy photo ops? Think the Cloud Gate in Chicago or The Land sign in Cleveland that you always see people getting their selfie on in front of. Two Harbor’s version is the giant white chair located at the RJ Houle Information Center on Highway 61. Hop on with several others and get ready to smile! Driving time: 7 minutes
How funky is your chicken? Is it as funky as the 10 to 12 foot tall rooster located in Two Harbors, another favorite picture for tourists? Probably not, so you should stop by. The rooster is a local legend and has flown the coop once or twice, thanks to vandals who tossed it over a bridge once. Now he stays on Highway 61 for pictures and to encourage a quick stop in Weldon’s Gift Shop. Driving time: 10 minutes.