5 Lighthouses in One Morning ~ Duluth, Minnesota Area

Our first morning on our Minnesota North Shore Trip was a busy one! The night before I had learned of the Wisconsin Point Lighthouse from a map in the Super 8 Superior. After looking at reviews on TripAdvisor, it seemed worth a visit, although many said that the Minnesota Point Lighthouse was much more picturesque. We figured we would take in both, as well as the 3 harbor lights found in Duluth’s Canal Park.

It was a very cold morning as we set out for Wisconsin Point. It is just to the east of the town of Superior. It’s basically a one lane paved road down to the lighthouse. The lighthouse itself is quite a ways off from shore. Not sure if you can walk out to it or not, but we opted to just look from the shoreline.

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They also had a sign detailing the history of Wisconsin Point.

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After this we chose to head out to Minnesota Point as suggested by so many on TripAdvisor. To access Minnesota Point, you have to drive over the Canal Park bridge in Duluth and head as far out on the point as you can. This will take you to Park Point Recreation Area. Park as close to the sea plane airport as possible to access the trail to the left of the airport.

There is no sign indicating how long the trail is so we just meandered for quite some time. I figured we were on the hunt for something similar to the Wisconsin Point. Boy was that wrong!

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Needless to say, I’m not sure why this one is considered more picturesque, given it’s half a lighthouse and surrounded by a fence. We’ve made a goal to visit any lighthouse we can so I’m glad we still saw it, but I’m not sure it was really worth the hike.

Following that we headed back to Canal Park to access the other three harbor lights. Parking in a lot by Canal Park cost us $5 for I believe three hours. We parked and took a walk out to the Duluth South Breakwater Outer Light first. Well, we actually viewed it from the walkway to the North Pier Light.

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As we continued on we walked right up to the North Pier Light.

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After walking around the base of the North Pier Light, we turned back towards the Canal Bridge. The Duluth South Breakwater Inner Light is just to the east of the bridge. It was pretty frigid down by the water so I took a picture from a distance.

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If you want, you can cross the Canal Bridge to get closer to both South Breakwater Lights.

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The Canal Park area offers lots of shopping and restaurant options, as well as lodging. We could have easily spent the majority of the day down there, but will save it for another trip to Duluth. We did choose to eat at Old Chicago before heading further up the North Shore. On our way back to the car we also spotted this fun little “park/walkway.”

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The Duluth area, especially the Canal Park area, really has a lot to offer. I strongly suggest checking it out if you have the chance!

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