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“Pretty all year round!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Canal Park

Canal Park
Duluth, MN
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Ranked #4 of 45 attractions in Duluth
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Parks, Specialty Museums
Activities: Dining
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Owner description: Watch seagulls soaring while you stroll around this popular spot, part of the revived Duluth waterfront. Nearby are a sculpture garden, jazz clubs, coffee shops, motels and restaurants. If you like ships, stand on the pier and watch huge boats and ships, some from around the world, come and go daily.
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“Pretty all year round!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

SUmmer breezes and just a beautiful drive plus dinner at Red Lobster is amazing here! Ran a 10k out on canal park one year and it was very fun! Unigue atmosphere on this penninsula!

Visited January 2013
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“Wonderful atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Duluth has done a great job renavating this area because years ago it was not so good but the whole area is so walker,dog,kid friendly that it's mesmerizing and with L. Superior there makes it even better

Visited December 2012
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Rosslyn
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“All seasons, many reasons”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Lake Superior surprises many travellers who expect a ho-hum northern experience, on either side of the Canadian/American border. One of the highlights on the Big Lake, is Duluth MN's Canal Park area. Not far behind, is Thunder Bay Ontario's new marina, with an excellent scandinavian style restaurant, "BIGHTS". Duluth and Thunder Bay are only a 4 hour drive apart, with incredible scenery and outstanding hiking trails en route. If you're in the market for a refreshing short vacation, this stretch of mostly undiscovered turf may have you writing "wish you were here" postcards for the first time.

Visited October 2012
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“A nice afternoon stroll and lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Canal Park is a nice 5-6 hour diversion in the city of Duluth MN- one of only a few diversions in the area. It has a nice park, a scenic overlook of Lake Superior, and a variety of shops and restaurants.

For people visiting the city for the first time I always suggest a Canal Park visit for an afternoon. The most important tourist sites to visit would be Duluth Pack, Maritime Museum, Sivertson Gallery, Blue Lake Gallery and the Canal Park Antique Mall.

The best non-chain lunch experience can be found at Northern Waters Smokehaus OR Amazing Grace Bakery. Both establishments sport homemade items (Amazing Grace has excellent baked goods and sandwiches and Northern Waters has excellent smoked products and sandwiches).

If you are interested in a good (upper scale/more expensive) non-chain breakfast, lunch or dinner experience, one of the better restaurants in the area is Lake Avenue Cafe. Lake Ave has an eclectic menu, supports vegetarian diners and is one of the better restaurants in the whole city.

Vitta Pizza is your best bet for an original non-chain pizza in the area, (period). The best chain pizza is Old Chicago.

Honorable mentions?? Although a chain, Stone Cold is an excellent place for an inexpensive dessert.

Gandma's, Bellisio's, Green Mill, Timber Lodge Steakhouse, Red Lobster and Famous Dave's are average (at best) and (in my honest opinion) should be avoided- the consistency of these restaurants (for food quality and service) is typically average/low, (even for a chain style rest). Besides, as a tourist, why would you go out to eat at a restaurant you could go to in your own city??? Take a chance!

Bottom-line?? You can spend an afternoon in Canal Park and enjoy yourself. Unfortunately, Canal Park isn't the "hub of all activity" the city portrays it to be. An afternoon is all I recommend- (with a nice lunch). Why??? After one 5-6 hour period, (lunch included) you've seen everything.

Visited January 2013
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“Canal Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Went to a restaurant on the Park--always enjoy my drives to Duluth! Especially nice to see the greatest of the Great Lakes:)So many of my memories surround the Lake and my family. Even though it was cold and snowy , still enjoyed the scenery and the Red Lobster--had Walleyed Pike, something that's scarce in Denver Colorado. Would love to return in the
summer!

Visited December 2012
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