Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Northland 2018

Thank you to Vertical Endeavors for sponsoring our Ultimate Guide to Summer and for their commitment to being an source of family fun in all seasons of the year, including the summer months! Located in the heart of Canal Park, Vertical Endeavors offers climbing for all ages and abilities. They own the North Shore’s largest climbing facility as well as a pro shop that offers climbers an expansive selection of climbing gear.
Ulitmate Guide to Summer in the Northland 2018

Whether you are visiting Duluth for the weekend, or you live here year round, we hope this guide helps fill your summer with fun! How to use this guide: Click on the image below you want more information on and it will take you to the either another full guide, or a list of business or activities with more info!

Food & Drink

2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer | Duluth Moms Blog

Coffee is made for mamas…those littles (and the bigs!) keep you awake all the time, whether during the night needing to be rocked, or with worry about the big things they go through as they come into their own. Find your brew at one of these local spots!

2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer | Duluth Moms Blog

Did you run out of meal ideas? In a time crunch? Need someone else to do the dishes? Here are Duluth’s Reader Response to where you and your kids can get great meals free or discounted.  Other great suggestions include kid friendly atmosphere and menu choices. 

2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog
2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog

The Protein Pub

The Protein Pub is designed to enrich people’s lives by helping individuals attain their highest degree of personal health and performance.  Located downtown Duluth in the historical Board of Trade Building since 2010, our Shakistas have been serving up healthy shakes and menu items along with friendly, supportive conversations.  Whether you’re grabbing something quick or hanging out in our living room, our ever-expanding menu and welcoming environment will have you coming back again.  Menu options include Vegan, GF, low-carb, lactose free, and keto.  Let’s have a conversation!

Downtown Duluth

East End

West Duluth

Miller Hill Mall Area

Two Harbors


Fannie Rose Candy Shop

Fannie Rose Candy Shop is a locally owned and operated candy shop specializing in homemade gourmet popcorn. Located in the HEART District of downtown Duluth, Fannie Rose allows for a quick stop in your busy day. Along with our delicious popcorn we carry truffles, fine chocolates, and nostalgic candy.  Whether you are looking for an individual snack or enough sweets to satisfy a large gathering, Fannie Rose Candy Shop has you covered.

At Fannie Rose Candy Shop, we believe that picking out your candy should be a fun-filled adventure for all ages. With an entire wall dedicated to classic 1920s candy bins, we offer a mix ‘n match experience based on your individual selections.

2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog
2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog

Canal Park Brewery

Inspired by the wild beauty of Lake Superior, our brew pub with a full menu, practices sustainability, supports local farmers and our community whenever possible. Join us fellow Northcoasters and sample our brews on tap. Come hungry, ready to taste the local fare. But most of all, enjoy the greatest of great lakes, the breathtaking reason we call this home.
2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer | Duluth Moms Blog
2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer | Duluth Moms Blog

Vertical Endeavors

Vertical Endeavors–Duluth offers indoor rock climbing for all ages and abilities. Guest get the opportunity to experience the fun of rock climbing in a controlled environment. Routes are available for all skill levels and offers a great workout, both physically and mentally. Vertical Endeavors has programs for both adults and children through out the year including: Adult Climb League, Climbing Camps, and Climb Team. Never been to Vertical Endeavors before? Join us on the first Wednesday of every month for On The House night where first time visitors climb for free from 6:00PM-Close. Come experience have an adventure with us at Vertical Endeavors!

Young Athletes Foundation

The Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) was developed by Grandma’s Marathon in 1990 to assist with the promotion and development of healthy and active lifestyles for area youth. The goal is to support young athletes and locally under-represented youth sports programs. Through this charitable arm of Grandma’s Marathon, the YAF helps community members and businesses that inspire kids to be healthy. Wednesday Night at the Races series: These popular, FREE races for children ages 14 and under are held for six consecutive Wednesdays in July & August. Dates include: July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22, and the year end picnic on August 29. The YAF is able to provide support to area youth through benefit races, such as the Park Point 5-Miler that will be on Thursday, July 19, 2018. There will be exclusive Kids Only Races FREE to ages 14 and under.

July 25:  James S. Malosky Stadium, UMD
August 1:  Public Schools Stadium, Denfeld H.S.
August 8:  High School Track, Proctor H.S.
August 15:  NBC Spartan Sports Complex, Superior H.S.
August 22:  Corey Veech Memorial Field, Hermantown H.S.
August 29:  Wade Stadium (YEAR-END RUN & PICNIC)

2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog
2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog

Wise Fool Theater

Wise Fool Theater offers the best theatrical entertainment for the young and the young at heart! Join us at Harbor City School June 8-24 for Kate DiCamillo’s “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”. This beautiful story follows the journey of Edward, a rabbit doll made of the finest porcelain, as he learns what it means to love and be loved. All of Wise Fool Theater’s matinees are Pay What You Can at the door. Special Sensory Friendly performance Saturday June 23rd at 2pm. Visit www.WiseFoolTheater.com or call 218-269-4953 for details!


2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog
2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog

Glensheen Mansion

The historic Congdon estate features Glensheen mansion, a 39-room mansion on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth. The home tells the story of the Congdon family and how they shaped the Northland to what it is today. 

2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog
2018 Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog

FIT4MOM Twin Ports

FIT4MOM is dedicated to the Strength In Motherhood™ by providing classes and support for moms in every stage of motherhood. Through FIT4BABY’s prenatal fitness classes, Stroller Strides/Stroller Barre, Body Back, Run Club and Our Village, women have the opportunity to have a workout and support that is flexible around motherhood. We have classes both with and without kiddos in attendance. Mention this post in the DMB Summer Guide for $20 off your registration fee!

Local Breweries

Shop Local

Local Greenhouses

Outdoor Activities

Waterfalls to Visit

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A comprehensive park guide can be found here.

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  1. You should add Makers mercantile to your shopping list. Sara is a fellow Mom who owns and runs the store.

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