Top 6 North Shore Family Attractions
Top 6 North Shore Family Attractions
There are dozens of ways to spend a family afternoon on the North Shore, but you won’t want to miss these top 6 picks!
North Shore Adventure Park
Silver Bay, Mile Marker 54
This brand new attraction is a tree-top ropes course and zip line experience promising thrills, challenges, laughs, and success stories for young and old alike.
The North Shore Adventure Park is a tree-top ropes course and zip line experience promising thrills, challenges, laughs, and success stories for young and old! This brand new North Shore family attraction offers an aerial playground with 75 elements and 10 zip lines. It’s like a mini amusement park on the North Shore!
Trails for all abilities
A network of towers, platforms, rope bridges, and obstacles is installed in the trees. There are six “trails” with challenge levels suitable for every age and skill level. Kids as young as three work their way across a trail designed especially for little kids. The other trails range from Easy (green circle), Intermediate (blue square), and difficult (black diamond). The easy trails have smaller rope bridges, easier obstacles, and longer zip lines. The advanced course has some pretty challenging elements. You’ll use your smarts and a reasonable amount of strength and endurance…can you make it to the end? And of course, there are a few good intermediate trails as well.
It’s a ton of fun, and the challenges build problem-solving skills, confidence, and success stories!
Fun to play, fun or watch
The North Shore Adventure Park is just as much fun for spectators! Hang out below the trails to watch your kids, friends, and family make their way across the trails and cheer them on.
Sound dangerous? Not at all! All climbers watch an instructional video and wear a harness, gloves are also available. There are trained staff members that monitor the park and will assist if needed.
This North Shore Family Attraction is open May – October. Advance reservations are recommended.
Lutsen Mountains Alpine Slide
Lutsen, Mile Marker 90.1
In the summer, one of the most popular North Shore family attractions is the Alpine Slide! It’s a thrilling summer luge run that takes you twisting and turning down Eagle Mountain. First, you take a chairlift ride to the top of the mountain. Then you walk your sled to the start of the concrete track (with a spectacular Lake Superior view, by the way). Finally, you board your sled and take off down the half-mile twisting, turning track! There are two parallel tracks so you can ride next to your friend. It’s amusement park fun for the whole family!
Summit Express Gondola
Lutsen, Mile Marker 90.1
A must-do North Shore family attraction is the Summit Express Gondola (especially during fall colors!). This leisurely and scenic ride is perfect for young and old. On this attraction, you ride the aerial gondola car at treetop level to the top of Moose Mountain (one of the North Shore’s tallest peaks). At the top of Moose Mountain, you will experience unbelievable views of Lake Superior and the Superior National Forest! You will also find the Summit Chalet (which has an eatery with indoor and outdoor seating), hiking trails, and scenic overlooks. It is generally open year-round, but hours are usually limited in October – December and March – May.
Putt-n-Pets Mini Golf
Grand Marais, Mile Marker 108.2
Putt-n-Pets is the best minigolf from here to Wisconsin Dells. This immaculately maintained course has lots of fun obstacles, surprises around every corner, and as promised, pets! Play your way around delightful features such as chainsaw-carved bears, a giant tortoise, a lighthouse, the Statue of Liberty, through a cave, and around a tower of goats. Yes, a tower of real goats!
Among the pets are goats, chickens, turkeys, peacocks, and a variety of other birds. The goats climb on a footbridge over the golf course to a look-out tower where they can watch you play. The animals live around the perimeter of the golf course, so as you play around you can visit and feed them. See if you can make the turkey gobble or the peacock show its feathers!
In addition to mini-golf and farm animals, Putt n Pets has a prospecting tower where you can pan for gemstones. There are also coin-operated rides for little kids. AND, this is one of the only attractions that are open in the evening so you can play under the lights!
Putt-n-Pets is almost always open from May – October. If there is no attendant, use the pay box on-your-honor.
Gunflint Trail, Mile Marker 110 + 43
A 43-mile scenic drive up the famed Gunflint Trail lies the legendary Gunflint Lodge on Gunflint Lake. This four-season wilderness resort on the edge of the Boundary Waters has a few North Shore family attractions that promise true Northwoods adventure. Gunflint Lodge offers lakeside lodging, and the family attractions and dining are open to the public.
Towering Pines Canopy Tour
The Towering Pines Canopy Tour invites you deep into the Boreal Forest that surrounds Gunflint Lodge. The experience is a combination of exhilarating zip lines and an exciting naturalist adventure. Climb into the forest canopy on tree-top platforms to explore the heavily forested lands from a birds-eye view. See unbelievable views of Lonely Lake, Gunflint Lake, the Canadian Shore, and the high cliffs to the south. Glide from platform to platform on eight different ziplines. Along the way your guide will share historical and naturalist information, adding an educational aspect to this exhilarating experience. Open May – October.
Travel on horseback for a truly unique Northwoods family adventure. The wranglers at Gunflint Stables will match you up to the right horse and take you on a leisurely horseback ride through remote, forested trails. This is the most relaxing way to take a hike through the forest! Take a quick 3-4 mile jaunt, a 6-7 mile scenic ride, a half-day lunch ride, or an evening dinner ride. Open May – October.
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