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Northern Minnesota: Top 5 Things to Do

Take a trip to Northern Minnesota

Whether you’re traveling solo, with friends, or as a family, for those who enjoy being in the outdoors, Northern Minnesota has it all and more. Many people flock to the state every year to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, swapping it for a range of exciting activities, such as hiking, fishing, and water sports. If you’re looking for a unique trip away, here are the top five things to do in Northern Minnesota.

Sunset at Lake Superior

If you like being outdoors and enjoying the wonderful sights and experiences
that only nature can provide, take a trip to northern Minnesota.

Ariel Helicopter Tour

For the adrenaline junkies, no trip to Northern Minnesota is complete without an aerial helicopter tour. While you can take in all the gorgeous scenery from the ground, prepare to be amazed at the breathtaking sights you can see from high above. Throughout the tour, you can take in stunning views of Duluth and Superior, making it an experience you’re sure to never forget.

The Duluth Zephyr Excursion

For those who want to have their feet firmly on the ground, why not take a trip on the Duluth Zephyr Excursion? Hopping on board the train and going on a 75-minute trip around the shoreline of Lake Superior can be a fantastic way to take in some glorious views. Perfect for all ages, the train operates daily throughout the summer months. All seats on the train are general boarding, allowing you to pick and choose as you please. There are also concessions that can be purchased on the train.

Grand Portage state park, Lake Superior, northern Minnesota
Located on the northeastern tip of Minnesota's Lake Superior, the Grand Portage
State Park has a number of interesting places to see and things to do.

Downtown Bemidji

If you’re traveling to Northern Minnesota as a family, you must check out downtown Bemidji on your adventure. With lots of exciting attractions and activities to partake in, you can be sure there’s something for everyone (no matter their age!). For those into science, a trip to The Headwaters Science Center must be on the cards, allowing you to view a selection of interesting exhibits. If you’re a shopaholic, there are plenty of quirky shops situated around downtown Bemidji, meaning you are sure to pick up a few souvenirs for your family and friends.

Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land

It’s safe to say, we’re a nation of animal lovers, so a trip to Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land will enable you to view some of the most exotic animals around, including leopards, bears, and tigers! With close to 100 different species to check out, visitors can feed a range of animals and walk among the deer. The zoo is open between 10am –6pm daily, and it also has a gift shop which means you can take a piece of the magic home with you.

Split Rock Lighthouse, northern Minnesota
Completed in 1910, the Split Rock Lighthouse is one of the places you can visit
in northern Minnesota, located in Silver Bay, on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Birch Forest Lodge

With a fantastic swimming beach, a large playground for the children, spectacular sunsets to view, as well as a lake to go fishing, Birch Forest Lodge has it all. If you want the best cabin rentals in MN, look no further! Birch Forest Lodge provides a remote and family-focused getaway, allowing you to relax and unwind.

Whether you take in the sights and sees from high above on an aerial helicopter tour or get up close and personal with the wildlife at Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land, these are just a couple of exciting activities that you can do when in Northern Minnesota.

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