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Hotels in Duluth near Canal Park

Canal Park Introduction

For an authentic Duluth experience, visitors and locals head straight to Canal Park. Featuring restaurants, shops, and cafes, the mixed-use area was originally a warehouse district. It was converted during the 1980s in an effort to revitalize Duluth and make it a more tourist-friendly destination. Today, Canal Park is renowned for its water views and lighthouse pier. Other attractions at the park include a floating ship museum, an aquarium, and a visitor center. One of the most popular pastimes here is to simply watch boats entering the Duluth port.

Hotels near Canal Park

Canal Park is surrounded by a wide range of 3- and 4-star hotels. Most are modern options with pools, restaurants, and free Wi-Fi. There are some inexpensive budget properties a bit farther north of the park. Canal Park is most pleasant during summer, when lake breezes prevent too much humidity. Temperatures decrease dramatically during late fall and into winter, and that’s when room rates are especially affordable. If you’re in town during summer, though, be prepared to pay a higher premium or book at least a couple of months in advance.

Where to stay near Canal Park

Downtown Duluth is the busiest neighborhood in the city. It’s under a mile, or about a 15-minute walk, from Canal Park. Visitors can glimpse the waterfront or visit any of its noteworthy historic buildings, many of which date from the late 19th century. History buffs may also appreciate the Lakeside/Lester Park neighborhood, approximately 6 miles from the park. It features two structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is also home to a lively fall entertainment festival. Fairmount, also 6 miles away, includes Lake Superior Zoo and Keene Creek Dog Park.

Things to see near Canal Park

The Glensheen-Historic Congdon Estate, about 4 miles from the park, is a regal, 39-room mansion that overlooks Lake Superior. Visitors can take guided tours of the state’s most historic property, which encompasses 12 acres of gardens and bridges, and provides an intimate glimpse into Duluth’s history. The waterfront Great Lakes Aquarium is about a 12-minute walk from the park, and features over 30 interactive oceanic exhibits. The city’s landmark is the Aerial Lift Bridge, a 7-minute walk from Canal Park. The historic structure was built in 1905 and weighs nearly 900 tons.

How to get to Canal Park

The Duluth Transit Authority provides direct service between downtown Duluth and Canal Park throughout the day. For those driving, there are plenty of parking garages located throughout Canal Park. Otherwise, it’s not uncommon to cycle around the Canal Park area, particularly along the waterfront and the Duluth Lakewalk, which is a lengthy biking and walking path. Duluth International Airport is less than 7 miles from the park. From here, visitors can take a 24-hour taxi to the park or a shuttle to their hotel. Some local hotels also offer shuttle service directly to Canal Park.