Canal Park & Beyond: A Walking Guide from the DECC

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There’s a lot to do around Duluth’s Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC). Whether you’re here for a show, convention, or a cruise, these are a few things to tack on your list. All just a stroll from the DECC.

Disclaimer: rent an electric scooter if you don’t feel like hoofing it!

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William A. Irvin Museum

4-minute walk

Jump ship to this real Great Lakes freighter, now serving the US fleet as a floating museum. With a maiden voyage in 1938, the Irvin still holds a speed record for unloading 13,856 tons of iron ore in 2 hours and 55 minutes.

Lake Superior Railroad Museum

8-minute walk

Learn the lore behind the engines that shaped frontier history. The Lake Superior Railroad Museum is housed in an authentic 19-century railroad depot – a historic setting for a storied destination.

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Canal park

Canal Park Brewing Company

9-minute walk

A brew making tradition that started at Fitger’s fermented into a family-owned destination known as Canal Park Brewing Company. From the food to the brews to the patio, it’s one great hang.  For more boozy bevs check out Vikre Distillery and Hoops Brewing Company. They’re also right in Canal Park.

DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace

9-minute walk

This eight-story historic commercial building is a former mattress manufacturer turned retail and restaurant center. If that’s a mouthful, then good. Because there’s a whole lot here to chew on. Try Taste of Saigon for exotic flavors or Northern Waters Smokehaus for artisanal smoked meats and cheeses.

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Love Creamery

10-minute walk

Just desserts are no local secret here. Love Creamery was ranked the “2022 Best Ice Cream Parlor” by Midwest Living. Their secret recipe? Local flavors from beekeepers, bakers, dairy farms and even Duluth’s Glensheen Mansion.

Lake Superior Maritime Museum

12-minute walk

Right at the base of the Aerial Lift Bridge is another Duluth nautical landmark, just not quite as tall.

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Canal Park & Beyond: A Walking Guide from the DECC

Dream Cloud Coffee Roasters

15-minute walk

In a hustle-bustle world, sometimes it takes a cup of caffeine to slow everything down. That’s the ideology of Charlie and Emily, two self-proclaimed dreamers serving creative tastes in downtown Duluth. 

Fitger’s Complex

21-minute walk

A former brewery, the Fitger’s complex features 15 shops, 3 restaurants, a micro brewery and a full service salon and day spa. From books to boots to brews, it’s worth a look, even if you’re just window shopping. 

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Canal park

Leif Erikson Park

30-minute walk

Beautifully manicured rose gardens and neatly tended Lake Superior views are two highlights of this lakefront park.

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