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Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

600 South Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN 55802
218-720-5260
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Ranked #7 of 47 Attractions in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: This maritime museum details the Great Lakes' history and the part they played in the shipping industry.
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Duluth, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I have lived in Duluth about 8 years now and I still go to this visitor center at least once a year. It is an interesting building run by the Army Corps of Engineers with a good selection of exhibits and historic information. It is normally a self-guided tour and, best of all, it is free and right on the... More

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Darkhan-Uul Province, Mongolia
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258 reviews 258 reviews
139 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor's Center is worth the time and parking meter fee. The center is packed full of interesting exhibits and information about the history of the port and current shipping route information so you can glimpse a ship leaving or coming in. We only had about a half hour to explore the center as it was about... More

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Cambria
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is not a Disneyland experience by any means, not a lot of bells, whistles, or moving parts. But if you have a serious interest in maritime events, facts, etc or just want to be exposed to some this is a good place for you. It was an interesting self-guided tour experience and I especially liked seeing what ships are... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great if you coordinate it when a ship is going by. Kids loved it, you can hear the radio broadcasting their position with the bridge, spot the ship with a telescope a few miles before it comes, pretend you are steering with the displayed helm. They have beautiful ship models and stamps for the kids to make postcards and since... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My family thought it was boring. Maybe it just wasn't for us it just wasnt very fascinating like I expected to be

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New Brighton, Minnesota
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Grab a Daily Shipping News and stay to watch ships enter and leave the canal. Watch the lift bridge go up and down. Listen to the boat horns.

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The visitor center had a lot to see and a lot of information. To really get the most out of this center plan to spend some time there.

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Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

History of the steamers on the Lake, shipping, shipwrecks, lots of interesting stuff. Best part is its free! Kids always loved going here.

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Dixon, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a must stop on the list when you are in this area. Great info for the whole family. Beautiful views, neat light house, fun stuff for every age! No cost except reasonable parking!

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Vadodara, India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The lake at Duluth looks beautiful,with small and big ships entering the port after crossing the lift bridge.The place has a long Maritime history well preserved in it's museum showing the importance of Duluth in trade and commerce

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