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Canal Park-relaxing enough?

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Canal Park-relaxing enough?

Hello,

Husband and I are planning a weekend getaway with our 3-year old to Duluth this weekend. We'd like to do some family-friendly activities but also want to relax as parents- go to a nice coffee shop, cafe, some shopping, etc. Also want to stay somewhere that is family- friendly but also quiet and relaxing, especially at night.

We're thinking of staying in the Canal Park area but worried that it may be a loud Chuck E. Cheese's type atmosphere. (we don't want to offend anyone, but that's just not what we are looking for on this trip) Other ideas location- wise or is Canal Park the best bet for a family with a 3-year old who is visiting Duluth?

We're open to anything- staying at a B&B, hotels, etc. as long as we can get both family- friendly activities, as well as relax as parents too.

Would appreciate any suggestions, thank you so much!

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1. Re: Canal Park-relaxing enough?

Canal park should be quiet this time of the year. The location is great as it is lake front. It becomes much busier in the summer, but I would still say it is a relaxing environment.

Minneapolis...
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2. Re: Canal Park-relaxing enough?

Thank you MinnesotaRandy, I appreciate the response! We'll probably end up going still. It's kind of a last-minute trip. We just don't have the best success rate when we go on trips, always seem to end up in a disaster and we don't feel refreshed and rested when we get back. With the 3 year old there will always be some of that but we just want to get away from the Twin Cities for a bit.

Thanks again for your insight.

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3. Re: Canal Park-relaxing enough?

There's a bunch of different restaurants in Canal Park, too.

Some will be roudier than others.

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4. Re: Canal Park-relaxing enough?

I would say it would be less stress to stay in Canal Park and walk to wherever you want to go as opposed to not staying there and having to find a parking place. Like the previous posters said, Duluth is not a a bustling tourist destination in the middle of March.

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5. Re: Canal Park-relaxing enough?

I agree, Canal Park will be quiet this weekend. Too cold out yet.

Maybe you"ll get to see the ice breaker leaving port.

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6. Re: Canal Park-relaxing enough?

Get up to Gooseberry Falls. It's a spectacular time of year with it iced over in parts and running water in others.

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7. Re: Canal Park-relaxing enough?

Gooseberry and Split Rock would be great places to go. Gooseberry usually has a "resident" herd of deer right by the visitor center, eating out of the bird feeders. Your 3 yr. old might like that more then the falls.

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8. Re: Canal Park-relaxing enough?

The last time we went out to Gooseberry this time of year we went to Split Rock too. The ice was still thick enough that you could get amazing angles of the lighthouse by walking out on the ice and shooting back toward shore. Fun day

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