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North Shore Scenic Railroad

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Address: 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, MN 55802
Phone Number: +1 218-722-1273
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History comes alive on the Lakefront line of the North Shore Scenic...

History comes alive on the Lakefront line of the North Shore Scenic Railroad! During our summer season several trains a day depart the historic Duluth Union Depot for a trip through downtown Duluth, Canal Park, along the shore of Lake Superior and deep into the majestic north woods. Fully narrated tours tell the history of Duluth, the harbor, and the stories of the railroads that built northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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If you've never taken a train ride, you really should take in this experience. However, beyond the novelty of the experience we didn't have as much fun as we anticipated. We took... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Story City, Iowa
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a great relaxing trip. We sat in the car that had the windows open and it was great. This was only the 2nd train ride I had ever done. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Conductors of the train. It was great to see such young people working at the train station as well. Whenever we get back to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you've never taken a train ride, you really should take in this experience. However, beyond the novelty of the experience we didn't have as much fun as we anticipated. We took the pizza train and had a few complaints. The handout process for the pizza is inefficient. The staff work hard, but haven't thought about the process. No one... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Saturday we enjoyed a 2 plus hour train ride. Great 4 course meal paired with a variety of wine. Great service and very outgoing staff. This is our second time in 2 years. We look forward to trying one of the other excursions next year.

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Monee, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I bought the first class ticket, which places you in the car with the observation dome. The only way to go! Our car attendant, Jerry, did an amazing job catering to us. I was a little disappointed in the journey itself. It was really short, only about 7 miles I think. And a good portion of that was under the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My friends and I went fr the "wine tasting dinner train" in July 2016. Good food, great wine, and the staff was a lot of fun. I would recommend it to my friends and would return!

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Albertville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Took a hour and a half ride which had a few great views of Lake Superior as well as explanations of areas you went past on the trip. It went at a fairly slow speed and we just sat in coach seats which was totally fine. You can walk throughout the 4-5 different train cars throughout the trip which was... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The scenic train ride was very enjoyable. The sights were wonderful and the narration while we traveled was valuable. The 90 minute ride was just the right amount of time. The wonderful and personable lady that attended us while we rode in the dome car was an added extra on our train ride.

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Thank B17MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a great ride in ventage cars through Duluth along Lake Superior. Short ride to the north end of Duluth and a long ride up to Two Harbor along the same route as Grandma's Marathon. Great scenery and a look into travel in the 1920's to 1950's. Both sides of the train offer completely differnt views of Duluth, lakeside... More 

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Red Wing, Minnesota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our two kiddos(3/7) on a train ride tour, lasted about 90 minutes. We didn't do 1st class which was fine because we bought some snacks on the train and got to roam around a bit. For some reason I thought the train was going to drive faster. The staff is nice and train was clean. Wasn't expensive but... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were so excited, specially kids. Tour didn't start on time, we were kind of wondering of what's going on and after 20 minutes of boarding time announcement made that it's going to be late due to technical problem. Standing in Que in hot weather. Finally half hour late started boarding and got into the train. Felt little better but... More 

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