We were here in early June 2011 on a weekday and had the place practically to ourselves. You purchase your tickets in the gift shop and then board the mountain tram "gondola" car (it's enclosed except for a few inches open above the door handle). Beautiful views of streams, foliage, deer, as you ascend up the moutain. At the top, you exit and there is a chalet-type restaurant with outdoor tables. The view of Lake Superior is outstanding. When you are ready, just present your return ticket to the gondola attendant for a leisurely ride back down the mountain. I think we paid about $12 each (adults). Well worth the time & money.