Huge ice chunks float in Lake Superior near the lighhouses. It looks very cold and the water is steaming, so it's warmer than the air.

Winter in Duluth

coffee and breakfast

Cool, Calm and Caffeinated – Best Spots for Coffee in Duluth

With its picturesque landscape full of winter Everything seems to taste better in Duluth – especially coffee. Duluth is bursting with roasteries and warm, inviting coffee shops – plus fresh Lake Superior water for brewing. 

A man in cold-weather gear is standing next to his Fat Tire Mountain Bike. It is cold and icy.

Don’t Let the Cold Stop You

Bundle up and head outside for winter adventures for all levels and ability, in and around Duluth. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Spirit Mountain offers an alpine coaster and the area’s only lift-access fat bike ski area. Take advantage of a vast array of trails for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat tire biking right in the city. Visit the popular skating rink at Bayfront Festival Park, or one of the dozens of ice rinks at our many local parks. Explore the surrounding wilderness on miles of snowmobile trails, or hit the slopes for downhill skiing, snowboarding, or tubing. Looking to try something new? Find a local guide to take you ice fishing, dog sledding, or iceberg kayaking.

A smiling woman is pouring taps at Hoops Brewing.

Explore Winter While Warm!

Winter in Duluth is a wonderful season filled with spectacular sights, exciting adventures, and unique experiences you can’t find anywhere else!

Take a tour from your computer to see what we mean!

Explore Winter in Duluth

BBQ Pork rollups with corn, coleslaw and butter lettuce at OMC Smokehouse.

Skywalk Exploring

When it’s time to warm up, we’ve got you covered! Downtown Duluth’s skywalk system lets you explore and stay indoors. You’ll find shopping, dining, and more, all in climate-controlled comfort. When you’re ready for a warm meal, there are cozy restaurants, cafés, and markets serving up delicious options throughout the city and surrounding area, and be sure to stop by a local taproom, cocktail lounge, or coffeehouse to sample our local specialties.

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The Great Indoors

While you’re here, there’s plenty to explore, indoors and out. Make sure you plan some time for shopping. From major retailers at the Miller Hill Mall to locally-made goods in the Lincoln Park Craft District and unique shops in Canal Park, you’ll find just what you’re looking for. Explore the area’s rich history at a museum, visit a gallery or studio to view or create one-of-a-kind artwork, or check out the wildlife at a farm, zoo, or aquarium.

Take a virtual tour of Spirit Mountain