From work to play
Beginning in the 1980s, Duluth encountered an economic downturn due to the industrial decline. The old warehouse district of Duluth was converted to the tourist, recreation-oriented district of Canal Park. Within the district, the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) is connected to the Amsoil Arena (a prominent entertainment venue) and, connected by a skywalk system, to Downtown Duluth. Attractions in Canal Park include 18 restaurants, 12 specialty shops, a lakewalk, lighthouse pier, and activity of large vessels from around the world in Duluth’s port. Activities include Grandma’s Marathon, bike rentals, indoor rock climbing, carriage rides, charter fishing and Vista Fleet cruise access. Other sites of interest within walking distance are the Great Lakes Aquarium, William A. Irvin floating iron ore ship museum, and the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.
Located south of Interstate 35 and Downtown Duluth, Canal Park Drive and Lake Avenue South are the main routes within Canal Park. It is connected by the Aerial Lift Bridge to Park Point and is quick access to the award winning Park Point Marina Inn.