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North Shore Scenic Railroad

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Address: 506 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802-1517
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+1 218-722-1273

History comes alive on the Lakefront line of the North Shore Scenic...

History comes alive on the Lakefront line of the North Shore Scenic Railroad! During our summer season several trains a day depart the historic Duluth Union Depot for a trip through downtown Duluth, Canal Park, along the shore of Lake Superior and deep into the majestic north woods. Fully narrated tours tell the history of Duluth, the harbor, and the stories of the railroads that built northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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viewing the fall leaves

Awesome tour up the North Shore in Duluth. Fun for the entire family. The staff is very accommodating. We were able to change seats throughout the tour which made it more exciting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Duluth, Minnesota
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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome tour up the North Shore in Duluth. Fun for the entire family. The staff is very accommodating. We were able to change seats throughout the tour which made it more exciting for the kids.While on the train the kids loved waving to the public They felt like royalty because everyone was friendly and waved back I would recommend this... More 

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Josh M, Manager at North Shore Scenic Railroad, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review! Waving to people from the train is pretty fun. Everyone wishes they were you riding on the rails! Hope to see you again in the future. More 

Duluth, Minnesota
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This was truly a neat experience that gives you a different point of view of the grand North shore. I recommend this to anyone wanting to do something other than walking around Canal Park.

Thank chrisflinck
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

We went with my five year old and eight adults. Everyone found something they really enjoyed about it. The story teller was awesome and we had a great time. The Train Museum was warm with decorations. What a great opportunity to enjoy the season and be warm on a cold balmy evening to boot.

Thank Marilyn W
Alexandria, Minnesota
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

We were expecting a train ride instead of basically a shuttle to the museum! We brought four of our grandchildren and the museum was boring for them. The story telling did not hold their interest and they ended up just running around the museum. Will not be doing this again!

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Oak Park, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

My party of 3 took in two of your train excursions. First was the bentleyville train. There was plenty of room on the train and it was cozy inside which was great considering the subzero temp on 12/16/16. The trip is short but they had Olaf, cookies and hot chocolate in the lobby at Edgewater which was free of charge.... More 

1 Thank Lori W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

clean train. Workers are polite and professional. Highly recommended for kids and families, all ages.

Thank Susan B
Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

My 6 year old AND 1.5 year old kids BOTH were floored by the evening. Even the youngster, who can't sit still sat quietly and listened to the story at the Depot. If you have little ones this is a MUST in Duluth during the holiday season.

Thank sk0lvikings
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the Christmas experience quite a bit !!! It was fun, unique & a fair price. My favorite part was the orchestra ! The kids loved the story. The author did a great job reading. My suggestions for improvement would be: a place to wait inside just for the train just for the Christmas Express guests. A railing on... More 

Thank Bridget P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

It was quick and easy to load and unload. The only thing I would say It would need to be marked better for where to load for the Bentlyville train

Thank Dennis B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Great way to get to Bentleyville without the hassle of parking on Canal Park. My only suggestion is to dim the lights inside the train for the ride so passengers can better see outside during the trip. Loved that we could park in the Fitgers Ramp and enjoy all that is available at Fitgers before and after our trip to... More 

Thank Laura D

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