Visit one of Minnesota's most amazing state parks: the Soudan Underground Mine. Travel half of a mile underground and ride an ore car to the last active portion of the mine. This was Minnesota's first iron ore mine, which opened in 1882. Experience the life of a miner and learn why this mine was called the "Cadillac of underground mines.”
This is an outstanding tour—every participant learns something from the experience. Because this tour is underground, it’s a great activity for a rainy day! Learn more on their website.
See over 80 miles of scenic Lake Vermilion as you ride along on the unique mailboat, which delivers mail to island residents 6 days a week. Boat departs Aronson Boatworks Monday-Saturday at 9:00AM, June 1 - Labor Day. Reservations are recommended. $18/adult, $10/child 12 and under. Visit their website for more information.
Birding with Dee Kuder
218-750-0047 or 218-993-2445
Dee Kuder is authorized to operate in the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters under a U.S. Forest Service Special Outfitter Guide Permit: LAC6701
To learn more, email Dee at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary
This is the best place to see North American black bears in their natural habitat. A newly expanded viewing deck gives outstanding views of adult bears and their cubs, as they climb the trees surrounding you and enjoy their dinner below. Biologists are on hand to offer loads of information and answer questions.
Hours are 5pm-8pm with viewing until dusk. Closed Mondays and during adverse weather.
Visit their website to learn more.
International Wolf Center
The International Wolf Center is located in Ely. It is a great place to see live wolves from a glass viewing area and learn about their habits in many newly updated indoor exhibits. They also offer a range of interesting programs to help you learn about the North American Wolf. Visit their website to learn more.
North American Bear Center
Watch and learn about bears in their natural habitat, both inside and outside viewing areas. Video exhibits and documentaries teach you all about bear behavior. Gift shop. Located near Ely. Visit their website to learn more.
Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum
Visit Atisokanigamig, "Legend House," and experience the culture and heritage of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. Located near Tower, MN. Visit the museum website to learn more.
Dorothy Molter Museum
Visit the cabins and museum of one of the northwoods’ most colorful individuals, Dorothy Molter: the "Root Beer Lady.” Dorothy carved out her legacy in the northwoods by paddling, hiking, fishing and snowshoeing the area throughout her life. Visit the museum website to learn more.
Minnesota Discovery Center
Located near Chisholm, MN, this center showcases Minnesota's Iron Range stories through artifacts, exhibits, oral histories, interpretive demonstrations and educational programs. Board the trolley for a 2.5-mile ride on the Mesabi Railway to the site of a former mining community. Visit the Minnesota Discovery Center website to learn more.
United States Hockey Hall of Fame
If you’re interested in hockey, this is perfect place for the whole family. You will see a tribute to the great hockey coach, Herb Brooks, try your skills on the replica rink, see a Zamboni and watch the 1980 Olympic Team take home the gold! Visit the US Hockey Hall of Fame website to learn more.
Fortune Bay Casino
Features a wide selection of slots, blackjack tables and a poker room. 25 minutes by car. Visit the casino's website to learn more.
Pier 77 Mini Golf
Pier 77 offers family fun and is located about a 25 minute drive toward Tower on County Road 77. Visit Pier 77's website to learn more.
Virginia Indoor Tennis & Pickleball Club offers both outdoor and indoor courts, making it a great rainy-day activity.
The address is: 1310 N. 5th Ave., Virginia, MN 55792. Visit the tennis center's website to learn more.
Cinema 6—Mountain Iron
If the Cook’s historic Comet Theatre isn’t showing the movie you hope to see, check showtimes at the Cinema 6 in Mountain Iron, which offers multiple screens.
The address is: 8426 Enterprise Dr. S. Please visit their website to check showtimes.