Lake Superior Cabins
Island View Resort 249 Scenic Drive
15 Jan 2018
things to do duluth mn

Things To Do in Duluth MN

We are so honored to be close to the great town of Duluth, which is so full of history, small mom and pop shops and fun things to do outside. We love telling our visitors at Island View Resort about all of the things to do in Duluth, just a short drive away.

When it comes to vacation, it’s important to remain flexible but have some sort of plan so you don’t forget to stop by any of the great attractions available to you. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do in Duluth MN along with driving times from our resort to each one. That way, you can easily plan your stay with us.

And we’ll keep this list of things to do in Duluth friendly to all seasons! Many of these attractions are available for your enjoyment no matter if you go in the dead of winter or in the heat of the summer. Explore our website for other Lake Superior things to do.

  1. Lake Superior Zoo – This zoo started in 1932 when a Duluth resident got permission to create a pen for his pet deer. Since then it’s grown to an amazing zoo full of fun activities and events for young ones and families. Driving time: 32 mins


  1. Breweries – Craft beer has certainly rocked the nation over the last several years, and visiting breweries over bars has become commonplace for many people. Recently ranked number three by SmartAssets’ Best Cities for Beer Drinkers in 2017, Duluth is no exception. There are just too many great breweries to choose from, so we’ll take this opportunity to point you to the Duluth Beer Trail to help you plan a full day of brewery hopping or an evening of drinks after a day of exploring the great outdoors. Driving time depends on the brewery.


  1. Spirit Mountain – Of course this state of the art ski mountain would be a great option for something fun to do in the winter, but even during the summer there’s a hub of activity there thanks to the exciting adventure park! The park has an elevated track for coaster racing as well as plenty of mountain biking trails. Driving time: 36 mins


  1. William S. Irvin – Take a tour of the S.S. William S. Irvin, the U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Fleet flagship. For 40 years the ship carried iron ore and coal through the many treacherous storms Lake Superior sees. Plus, the views are great! Driving time: 26 mins


  1. Great Lakes Aquarium – If you’re in Duluth, a must-do is seeing the largest freshwater aquarium in the United States. This aquarium features fish and critters found in Lake Superior and around the Great Lakes Basin and features a number of weekly and monthly events. Driving time: 26 mins


  1. Fitger’s Mall – Let us be clear, this is not your average mall. Located in a gorgeous historic building sure to make an architect buff’s knees weak, you’ll find a lot of unique shops rather than chains, as well as delicious restaurants and breweries. Driving time: 26 mins


  1. Duluth Entertainment Convention Center – In particular, we’d like to point you to the movie theater! This is a great option for days when the weather is a bit lackluster, or just when you’re looking to lose yourself in a new flick. The center is located right on Lake Superior as well, so the views are breathtaking. Driving time: 26 mins


  1. Lake Superior Railroad Museum – In 1910, Duluth’s railroad activity was chaotic, with seven railroads dispatching over 50 trains daily from Duluth to all over the nation. The last train left the station in 1969, and since then the building has housed the historical museum. Head there to take a trip through time. Driving time: 28 mins


  1. Adventure Zone – Perfect for families with kids! Located right in Duluth’s gorgeous Canal Park, Adventure Zone Duluth offers batting cages, mini golf, rock climbing, an arcade and more. Driving time: 26 mins


  1. Amsoil Arena – Head here during the winter to catch a Bulldogs hockey game, or keep your eye out for the many great concerts and events hosted in the space. Driving time: 26 mins

things to do duluth mn

25 Sep 2017

Fall Colors “Near Perfect”

Come join us for the fall colors which are predicted to be “near perfect” this year. 

Autumn is our favorite time of the year with the crisp mornings and nature’s show of leaves turning various shades of red, orange, and yellow. The added bonus of waking up in your private cabin with a breathtaking view of Knife Island and Lake Superior is an unbeatable bonus.

Because of our northerly location, we enjoy being one of the first places in Minnesota where fall colors emerge. Here, the fiery scarlets and oranges of maples meet the soft golds and yellows of aspen and birch, studded with the deep red understory of flaming sumac.

The season is short but brilliant with two waves of color. The first occurs inland, away from the lake, usually between mid-September and early October and is a good time to hit the hiking trails or drive the back roads. The second burst of color follows Lake Superior’s shoreline, usually peaking during the first two weeks of October. You’ll dwell amidst the fall colors and have easy access to Minnesota’s own ”long trail” the Superior Hiking Trail.

Gooseberry, Cascade, and Temperance falls are some of those easy access sights. Don’t think you have to be a hiker to experience this region! For those that do hike and backpack there are worlds beyond the shore inviting you to explore. And then you have almost endless waters North of Lake Superior to canoe.


And if you have a treasured member of the family that’s not allowed at most vacation destinations, remember that five of our cabins are pet-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about the expense of boarding or pet sitting.

Reserve your cabin now, before they’re all booked for what promises to be one of the best Autumn shows nature has put on in years.

01 Jun 2017

Five things to do in Duluth this June!

Our guests love to experience the energy of Duluth! Luckily, there are always a ton of activities partake in; especially in the summer! Check out these five events happening this June!

Event: DULUTH Air and Aviation EXPO

Date: June 3 & 4


Description: The largest air show in Minnesota returns on June 3-4, 2017 with the US Navy Blue Angels.

Event: Time Stands Still

Date: June 1-4 and June 8-11


Description: The Duluth Playhouse presents Time Stands Still, a play written by Donald Margulies.

Event: On the Rocks Art

Date: June 1-30


Description: Welcome to a new art experience in Duluth’s Canal Park/Waterfront. On The Rocks Art Studio offers a fun 2-3 hour acrylic painting experience.  We have created a colorful, relaxing space for you and your friends, co-workers, or family members to gather for an afternoon or evening of creativity, exploration, and fun.

Event: Vanishing Act

Date: June 1-30


Description: The curtain is about to rise on a mind-bending new mystery.

Event: Lake Superior Art Glass

Date: June 1-30


Description: Lake Superior Art Glass is a complete torch-work glass studio.  We have knowledgeable staff that is well-trained in everything from the artists featured in the gallery to teaching in the glass studio.  Whether you’re a first-time glass enthusiast or an expert, we have just what you need.

23 Oct 2015

Cabins & Rates

Island View Resort is a true american experience. Whether you are a returning quest or you have stayed with us before you are sure to be amazed. Island Views Resort is located conveniently on knife river and has a family and pet friendly atmosphere that is contagious. We are conveniently located near Lake superior on the North Shore in Northern Minnesota which is only a short drive to Duluth.


22 Oct 2015


Island View Resort has been keeping the traditions going for over 80 years.With a history of affordable prices and a laid back atmosphere. Island Views visitors come back year after year. We are a very clean and since we are not directly on the lake we are kid and pet friendly! If you have any questions on reservations or cancelations please call us today! We would be happy to assist you in your stay.