Weekend Getaways in Minnesota for Families

From FamiliesLoveTravel.com

Duluth, MN Gateway to the North Shore and Views of Lake Superior

First on our list of weekend getaways from Minneapolis for families is Duluth, Minnesota. Just over 2 hours from Minneapolis, Duluth is chock-full of family adventures. Starting in Canal Park, your kids will love watching large ships come into port, as well as throwing rocks into Lake Superior. Head out to the lighthouse for a great view! Then, watching the lift bridge come up and down is also a big hit with kids! Afterward, grab a slice at Vitta Pizza. Or check out Canal Park Brewing Company for a local, kid-friendly craft brewery and great appetizers. Kids will also love racing along the boardwalk, while parents enjoy stunning views of Lake Superior. Up the hill, explore the area around Enger Tower. Or, tour the historic Glensheen Mansion, which offers a look into the past and manicured gardens. Finally, get into nature with a hike around the Chester Park Loop.
Where to Stay in Duluth with Kids

Since Duluth is one of the best road trips from Minneapolis for families, you’ll need to find a place to stay for the weekend. Firstly, Canal Park Lodge offers rooms right in Canal Park, some even have views of Lake Superior. Additionally, they offer a complimentary hot breakfast, indoor pool, and fitness center. Be sure to ask the front desk for discounted tickets to local kid-friendly attractions. Then, along the shores of Lake Superior, the Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark offers a resort-style hotel with an on-site waterpark and arcade. The South Pier Inn offers spacious suites next to the iconic Aerial Lift Bridge. From here, you are within walking distance of the beaches of Park Point and the shops and restaurants within Canal Park.

View of the Duluth Shipping Canal and lighthouse/Photo
Courtesy (L-R): Antonia Grant, Chelsey Knealing