In Duluth, all weather is good weather. It’s how you embrace it that matters most, and we can help you with that. If you’re traveling through town on a rainy day, don’t fret. We’ve got spots to keep you dry – and more than entertained.

west Duluth

1. Zenith BookStore

Nothing says rainy day like that fresh bookstore smell. Head to Zenith Bookstore, a locally-owned West Duluth shop, for new and used page-turners. The atmosphere: cozy. The chairs: even cozier. The warm lights, wood floors and friendly staff: worth the trip, even if you don’t bring any books home.    

2. Boreal House

This cozy, chic spot in West Duluth features 16 rotating taps from local and regional brewers, specialty craft cocktails and creatively crafted snacks. Go for brews. Stay for vibes.

3. West Theatre

This Art Deco movie theatre from the 1930’s hosts daily showings and other events. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a full day’s worth of adventure.

central Duluth

1. Great Lakes Aquarium

This family favorite houses familiar animals and habitats you’d see around Lake Superior. Plus other surprises. Like exhibits on the Amazon River and North America’s largest sturgeon touch pool.

2. Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center

Looking for a cultural experience? Stop by this art gallery to observe and educate yourself on Duluth’s Indigenous communities.

3. Zeitgeist

This do-it-all-destination is in a definitive downtown experience. Zeitgeist is a performance theatre, art gallery, restaurant and bar, all in one.

4. Lake Superior Art Glass

If you find yourself on Canal Park Drive, you’ll probably catch a glimpse of these glass blowers making art with fire. Stop in the shop and you’ll find featured art pieces. Sign up for a class to make your very own.

5. St. Louis County Depot

This railroad depot is rich in history. With plenty of ways to soak it all in. Three highlights include the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, Duluth Art Institute and endless events throughout the year (like haunted tours during spooky season).

east Duluth

1. Hartley Nature Center

Not afraid of a little rain? Check out the Hartley Nature Center. It’s a full-scale environmental education center on the north side of Harley Park. Venture further and you’ll stumble on 10 miles of multi-use trails through 660 acres of birch and quaking aspen trees.

We encourage you to check the trail conditions before heading out on any natural surface trail: https://duluthmn.gov/parks/trails-bikeways/hiking-trails-1/

2. Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium

This fully interactive planetarium offers live shows and full-dome theatre presentations. Discover the importance of astronomy and experience what it’s like to fly through space.

3. Tavern on the Hill

If you like to know where your food comes from look no further than Tavern on the Hill, where locally sourced ingredients meet unique dishes. Let’s your phone eat first. It’s totally Instagram-worthy.

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