This month I ventured north to my family to my home town of Duluth to celebrate my birthday. We always do the usual sights – Canal Park, Maritime Museum (it’s free!), and walking along the lake walk!
But one stop we REALLY wanted to make this time was Spirit Mountain Adventure Park. We hadn’t visited there in 5 years, when our daughter was only 4 and our son was too young to go on any of the attractions. We loved the Timber Twister Alpine Coaster, which is a 5-minute, 3200 foot ride down (and back up) a mountain. You control the speed, which can go up to 26 miles per hour. But they also have other attractions including a Zip Line and Mini-Golf, so I thought it would be a great way to spend a day with my family!
We arrived midday and got our wristbands, which are good for unlimited rides on all open attractions. The wristbands are $44, but if you purchase online 48 hours in advance you can save $24.00. There are also options to purchase rides individually.
Tickets can be purchased in the Sprung building where there are also restrooms and concessions (snacks and drinks). You can also view and purchase souvenir photos from the Alpine Coaster ride.
First stop: Timber Twister Alpine Coaster! The line varied from a 2-minute wait to a 10-minute wait while we were there, but they did a good job of keeping the line moving.
You can ride individually or in pairs. We put on our seatbelts and waited our turn!
Wheee! The ride was awesome! We rode several times and went down at our own speed – I thought I was pretty fast but my kids said daddy was faster (I say because he’s bigger…).
You get a beautiful view of Lake Superior during the ride, which you can actually watch in its entirety here:
We did it! When you get to the bottom of the hill you get pulled back up and get to just relax and enjoy the views.
After we got a few Alpine Coaster rides out of our system, we had to try the Zip Line.
Like the Alpine Coaster, you can ride the Zip Line individually or with someone else. Then whoosh – you go down 700 feet, come to a stop (it’s pretty quick), and then you’re pulled back to the top.
This ride lasts about 90 seconds.
There is also a neat 9-hole mini golf course, designed by a nationally-renowned local architect, David Salmela. Our kids were too excited about the coaster and Zip Line, so we didn’t get to do this, but other families were enjoying it.
Our kids definitely had to try the Jumping Pillow. I recommend bringing socks with some grip on the bottom for your kids as the surface was hot from the sun.
What you should also know about Spirit Mountain
- Spirit Mountain has attractions throughout the year. They’re best known for great skiing in the winter (it is Duluth after all!), but many don’t know about how much they offer in the summer. In addition to their great Adventure Park, there is Camping, Mountain Biking and Youth Mountain Biking Camps for ages as young as 2! (See the post I wrote about their camps last month.)
- Spirit Mountain makes for a great Minnesota staycation with lodging nearby! With Mountain Villas right onsite, and various other hotels nearby, there are plenty of options.
- There is also a Scenic Chairlift that we missed (hours aren’t always the same as the Adventure Park). It’s included in your wristband, otherwise it’s $11 per person per round-trip, or $20 per person per day for unlimited rides.
- Spectators are welcome, but may not be able to see much. My dad came to watch, and there are several benches and picnic tables available. Unfortunately it’s hard to see all the fun happening from the benches, at least for the Alpine Coaster and Zip Line, so I recommend spectators bring a book.
- For more about pricing, visit their rates page.
- They also have a DEALS page! Visit this before you go for different promotions.
I love this video (and the cool music) – it’s a great tour of Spirit Mountain!
For more info about Spirit Mountain:
Main Web Site: They have a DEALS page
Villas Web Site: http://spiritmt.com/mountain-
Spirit Mountain Deals Link: http://spiritmt.com/deals
More about DULUTH!
- Read more about other fun things to do in my post “Ten Ways to Enjoy Duluth for Less.”
- Pick up the free Northland coupon book at locations like the always-free Maritime Museum in Canal Park!
- Check out VisitDuluth.com for upcoming events and more info!
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(Disclosure: We received 4 complimentary wristbands for our family in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% mine.)