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If Duluth, Minnesota isn’t on your list of places to visit this year, grab a pen and add it now. While it may not be on everyone’s radar, we’re here to tell you it should be. In fact, it’s the most popular tourist destination in the entire state of Minnesota. A historic port city, Duluth is set right on the shores of massive Lake Superior. The warmer months of the year bring the city to life with hiking and biking trails, dozens of breweries and amazing restaurants, museums, and plenty of outdoor adventures. In winter, locals and tourists alike head up to Spirit Mountain to hit the slopes, flock to the trails in their cross country skis, and skate frozen lakes. It’s a beautiful city no matter the time of year, and an incredible place for a kid-focused family vacation. We’ve picked out five great kid-friendly hotels that will please the adults in the group while also delighting the little ones!
Set right on the waterfront and in the heart of downtown, Fitgers Inn offers amazing views and plenty of different room types to accommodate different sized families. It’s near the Lake Superior Maritime Museum, which kids will love, and is connected to a historic shopping center featuring locally owned stores and lots of quick and easy food options.
Pier B Resort
Just a short walk to the famed Aerial Lift Bridge, families will love staying at Pier B Resort. AMSOIL Arena, where the UMD hockey teams play, is also nearby so hockey fans will be delighted! Meanwhile, the indoor pool is sure to please kids of all ages, especially if visiting in the winter, thanks to the hot tub!
Canal Park Lodge
Kids will love the indoor pool and parents will be jazzed about the spa at Canal Park Lodge. Also near AMSOIL Arena and the Aerial Lift Bridge, the hotel’s location is excellent: You’ll be able to walk to restaurants and stroll in the evenings along the water, should the kids have any extra energy they need to shake out.
Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Duluth
With free breakfast and Netflix, families might not want to leave their rooms at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Duluth. This brand new resort opened in March of 2021 and has received heaps of praise so far, especially for its friendly, helpful staff. With an ideal location in Park Point, guests are within walking distance of the Lake Superior waterfront and the restaurants at Canal Park.
The Residence Inn Duluth
The Residence Inn Duluth offers one particular amenity that’s pretty hard to find at your average hotel: a sport court. So go ahead and shoot some hoops when you’re not exploring the nearby sites in Duluth, or enjoy some family time around the outdoor fire-pit, or indoor pool and hot tub. Among the other conveniences for families: All guest suites come with a fully equipped kitchen and complimentary grocery delivery service, so you can stock up the fridge with all your kid’s favorite food and snacks. Suite options range from studio setups to large 2-bedroom suites with separate living and sleeping areas.
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