Ultimate Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities in the Northland

Ultimate Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog

Some days you wake up to the snow glistening on the lawn, the kids still sleeping soundly in their beds, and a fresh pot of coffee waiting for you in the kitchen. Okay, that hasn’t technically happened yet, but a mom can dream, right? More often than not, you’re staring down another frigid day that begins before the sun rises and your kids are bouncing off the walls. Or wrestling. Or dumping the cereal box on the kitchen floor.

What you all need–and STAT–is something to do out of the house. That’s why we’ve put together an Ultimate Guide to Winter, featuring both indoor and outdoor activities, so you can get up, get out, and try something new the whole family will love. Settle in together in some of the area’s coziest indoor nooks, or chase adventure through the Northland’s most picturesque hills and trails. Duluth has fun winter options aplenty; take advantage of as many of them as you can!

A big thanks to Duluth Art Institute for sponsoring this guide, and for always providing Duluth residents with creative enrichment classes, exhibitions, and events. Make sure you check out their winter schedule. You can find it through the link below.

Learn + Grow

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Duluth Art Institute

The Duluth Art Institute offers over 25 hands-on art classes for youth and adults! Try your hand at working with clay, fibers, paint, and paper. We hope you choose the DAI as part of your family fun.

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Hamlin Music Academy

Hamlin Music Academy offers music lessons all year long and flexible scheduling makes it convenient to learn the skills that will bring you or your child a lifetime of enjoyment. Hamlin’s instructors are performing musicians, so no matter if you’re just starting or following your dreams as a professional, you will benefit from their more than academic insight. Hamlin Music doesn’t just teach the instrument, they instill their students with a sense of confidence that will assist in all areas of their lives. Students have many opportunities to perform at recitals, public events, and many also compete in local, regional and state level competitions. At Hamlin Music Academy you’ll learn a skill that will bring you and others a lifetime of enjoyment.

More Local Favs

Arrowhead Youth Soccer
Various Locations
See Website for Details

Duluth Curling Club
Various times
See websites for Details

Hartley Nature Center
3001 Woodland Ave
Duluth, MN 55803

Help me Grow
Various Programs
Check Website for Details

Kickstarters Soccer
Various Locations
See Website for Details

Kindermusik
Various locations
See Website for Details

Lake Superior Youth Chorus
Various Times
See website for Details

On the Rocks Art Studio
307 Canal Park Dr,
Duluth, MN 55802

The Duluth Experience
See website for options and age ranges

The Duluth Playhouse
See website for
classes and camps

The Pottery Burn
2340 Mtn. Shadow Dr.
Duluth, MN 55811

The Sweet Spot Indoor Golf
See Website for Details

UMD Athletics
See website for details and season info.

UMD-RSOP
1216 Ordean Ct,
Duluth, MN 55812

Best Sledding + Skiing Hills + Skating Rinks

Ultimate Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog
Ultimate Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog

Mont du Lac Resort

For decades, Mont du Lac Resort has offered visitors unparalleled views of the St. Louis River corridor and Jay Cook State Park from the top of its glacially carved mountain. With two lodges, dining and new ski-in and ski-out cabins, Mont du Lac Resort is the premier destination for families to enjoy outdoor adventures year-round. 

During the winter season, skiers and snowboarders can explore the eight scenic runs on the mountain, including a 10+acre Western style bowl and a 320-foot vertical. Our runs are serviced by a two-man chairlift and a high-speed rope tow. Designed with families in mind, Mont du Lac offers snowsport lessons and clubs for all ages, making it the perfect getaway for you and your family.

Local Sledding Hills

Local Outdoor Skating Rinks - Duluth

Local Outdoor Skating Rinks - Superior

More Local Favs

Chester Bowl
1801 East Skyline
Duluth, MN 55812

Duluth XC Ski Club
Cross-Country Skiing Programs
Check Website for Details

Learn to Skate
Duluth Figure Skating Club
Check Website for Details

Learn to Skate
Superior Figure Skating Club
Check Website for Details

Lutsen Mountain Ski Resort
445 Ski Hill Rd 
LutsenMN 55612

Snowflake Nordic Ski Center
Check Website for location
and hours

Spirit Mountain
9500 Spirit Mountain Place
Duluth, MN 55810

Indoor Activities + Events for the Family

Ultimate Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog
Ultimate Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog

Shannon's Stained Glassery

Shannon’s Stained Glassery is the area’s largest selection of art glass & supplies. We offer weekly classes to teach you how to make your own stained glass projects, a variety of pre-made pieces for sale to choose from, raw materials and hardware for your own glasswork projects as well as custom orders and repairs. Just added in 2017, Paint Your Own Pottery! Visit our website, Facebook Page or stop on in to learn more.

Ultimate Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog
Ultimate Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog

Lake Superior Zoo

If you and your family are looking for fun things to do in Duluth, the Lake Superior Zoo is the place for you! Featuring hundreds of native animals and exotic species year-round, the zoo is the region’s wildest place to explore. All winter long, the Lake Superior Zoo will have $5 Fridays when admission for all ages is only $5! Here you’ll find animal exhibitseducational programming and campsparty rental options, and – most importantly – fun that runs wild.

Ultimate Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog
Ultimate Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog

A Sweet Event

A Sweet Event creates events that provides opportunities, through fun family focused events, for families to engage with each other and the community.
Ultimate Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities in the Northland | Duluth Moms Blog

Greysolon Ballroom by Blackwoods | Dances

Enjoy an unforgettable night filled with dancing, laughing, singing, sweets and savories! Just $25 per person for dinner, endless desserts and surprises, photo booth fun and dancing all night long. Our guests come back time and time again to experience this magical evening in our grand Ballroom.

More Local Favs

AAD Shrine Circus
Amsoil Arena
Check Website for Details

Adventure Zone
329 Lake Avenue South,
Duluth MN 55802

Barnes and Noble Story Time
1600 Miller Trunk Hwy. #L25
Duluth, MN 55811

Canal Park Marine Museum
600 South Lake Avenue
Duluth, MN 55802

Chalstroms Shooting Range
5067 Rice Lake Rd
Duluth, MN, 55803

Charlotte’s Web Play
UMD Theater
See Website for Details

Children’s Museum
115 S. 29th Ave. W.
Duluth, MN 55806

Cold Front Celebration
Canal Park
See Website for Details

Community Education Aquatics
Locations and Times Vary
Check Website for Details

Duluth Maker’s Space
3001 West Superior Street
Duluth,MN 55806

Duluth Heights CC
33 W Mulberry St,
Duluth, MN 55811

Duluth Playhouse
506 Michigan Street
Duluth MN 55802

Duluth Public Library
520 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802

Duluth Public Library
5830 Grand Avenue
Duluth, MN 55807

Duluth Public Library
105 Mt. Royal Shopping Circle
Duluth, MN 55803

Great Lakes Aquarium
353 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

Gymnastics Academy
4710 West Arrowhead Rd
Duluth, MN 55811

Edgewater Hotel & Water Park
2400 London Road
Duluth, MN 55812

Enchanted Tea Party
DECC Harborside Ballroom
Check Website for Details

Fairlawn Mansion
906 E 2nd St,
Superior, WI 54880

FIT4MOM Twin Ports
Locations Vary
Check Website for Schedule

Glensheen
3300 London Road Duluth,
MN 55804

Heritage Center
120 S 30th Ave West
Duluth, MN 55806

Incline Station
601 W Superior St,
Duluth, MN 55802

Kids Dream Winter Film Series
4351 Stebner Road
Hermantown, MN 55811

Lake Superior Swim Club
Times Vary
Check Website for Details

Lake Superior Zoo
7210 Fremont Street
Duluth, MN 55807

Learn to Swim
1216 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812

Little Jacks Play Center
103 Avenue C,
Cloquet, MN 55720

Mars Skating Rink
1201 Rice Lake Road
Duluth, MN 55811

MOPS Group
Various Locations
See Website for Details

Paw Patrol
Deccs Symphany Hall
See Website for Details

Planet 3 Duluth
101 N 46th Ave W
Duluth, MN 55807

Positive Energy Outdoors
Fredenburg Township
See Website For Details

The Depot
506 West Michigan Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

The Neet Hangout
5628 Grand Ave, Duluth,
Minnesota 55807

Richard | Bong Veterans Center
305 Harbor View Parkway
Superior, WI 54880

Saturday Morning at the Races
Various locations
Check Website for Details

Skating & Winter Playground
Bayfront Park
Railroad St. & 5th Avenue W.

Skyline Lanes
4894 Miller Trunk Hwy,
Duluth, MN 55811

Story Time
Times Vary
Check Website for Details

Superior Public Library
1530 Tower Ave
Superior, WI 54880

Trains and Toddlers
506 West Michigan Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Tweed Museum
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812-2496

Twin Ports Gymnastics
3000 Hill Ave
Superior, WI 54880

UMD | Open Skating
1216 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812

UMD Planetarium
1023 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Vertical Endeavors
329 South Lake Avenue
Duluth, MN 55802

Woodland Community Center
3211 Allendale Avenue
Duluth, MN

World of Wheels
1218 Oakes Ave
Superior, WI 54880

YMCA Duluth
302 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802

YMCA Superior
9 West 21st Street
Superior, WI 54880

This is in no way intended to be a comprehensive guide for this to do in the Duluth area. We’ve pulled out a select number of events and activities for your family to enjoy throughout the winter months. If you have suggestions or additions, please leave a comment!

This post is made possible by our generous partners at Duluth Art Institute. While this is a sponsored post, ideas for this post are 100% our own!

One Response to Ultimate Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities in the Northland

  1. Heather E. February 17, 2018 at 7:51 am #

    This is a wonderful resource. Thank you so much for putting it together! I had a free day with 2 out of 3 of my kiddos and I needed something to do with them on Saturday. I found open swim at the Y. I forget they have a pool! Thanks again!