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“Fun to ride on train, but not to scenic”

North Shore Scenic Railroad
Ranked #22 of 94 things to do in Duluth
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Owner description: 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.
Willmar, Minnesota
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fun to ride on train, but not to scenic”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We took our 6, 4 & 1 year old on this ride. You really couldn't see around alot of the trees and you got to look into peoples back yards (which I wasn't expecting). It was okay to do 1 time, but I do think its a one time thing to try.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Every trip to Duluth in the summer brings us to the trains. Our family loves the museum, and we all enjoy taking the train. We really adore waving out the baggage car doors at the people on the Lake walk.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Majji
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Duluth, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“3 events, all amazing”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Parking the 1st time or two can be a bit messy here... but we've got the hang of it now. Desk staff friendly and helpful, everything runs well, organized. Signs, plentiful staff, etc.

Depot area is great, events (thomas, pumpkin train, etc) are worth the money

we look forward to boarding the train again soon!

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Jennifer J
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Winnipeg, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Take the longer trip”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

I've been on this train twice, and it's quite a treat, especially for rail fans! The engine is beautifully restored in the striking Duluth Missabe maroon and yellow paint scheme, You travel in a wide variety of coaches - every one is different! It's like riding in the early Amtrak "rainbow consist" of cars! A favourite one to ride in is the double decker car, but I find that the standard cars are more comfortable. They offer two excursions - a long one and a short one. The long one takes you to Two Harbours. The short one stops in the middle of nowhere and goes back to the station. The short trip is pleasant, but you miss so much of the beautiful Lake Superior scenery, not to mention the town of Two Harbours (which is quite a treat in itself). If you have the time, take the longer trip - you won't regret it!

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Paul U
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Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Overpriced and Average at Best”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

My family rolled into the gorgeous town of Duluth last August on our summer road trip, and we were all really excited about our Lester River train tour with North Shore Scenic Railroad, which we had booked well in advance. As it turns out, it was a sub-par experience and the worst thing we did during out stay in Duluth. The train goes really slowly, and never leaves Duluth. Much of the ride is in the middle of residential Duluth, and not by Lake Superior as expected. The Lester River Gorge is an insignificant little canyon running through the city. The train ride was around one and a half hours long, and that was with a ten-minute delay for it to switch tracks. It was extremely crowded, mainly with loud children. We were waiting for the end the whole time. Duluth is an absolutely spectacular city, and your time here would be much better spent pretty much anywhere else. I'd personally recommend spending most of your time in Canal Park, as the Aerial Lift Bridge is a fantastic sight, and the park contains enough attractions, restaurants, and accommodations to enjoy a happy stay there.

Visited August 2012
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