Look for a tall shipDuluth expects more tha 200,000 visitors this weekend as it hosts another Tall Ships event at the harbor.
Duluth expects more tha 200,000 visitors this weekend as it hosts another Tall Ships event at the harbor. Nine ships were scheduled to enter Duluth Thursday in a spectacular parade of towering masts, straining sails and moving wood. While most of the action will take place around Canal Park through Sunday, don’t be surprised if you look out on the water of Lake Superior the next few days and see a blast from the 1800s past. For more on the Tall Ships event, call Visit Duluth at 722-4011 or visit www.visitduluth.com.
Here are some inside tips on enjoying the festival this weekend:
Where to park; cost
- Bayfront Festival Park lots B, C and D (today-Monday) $5
- Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (today-Monday) $5
- Garfield Avenue lot and shuttle service (recommended; today-Sunday) — Parking and round-trip shuttle service is $5 per car. Drop-off takes place in front of Playfront Park, next to Bayfront. Shuttle times: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today; 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Great Lakes Aquarium, next to Bayfront Festival Park (thru Monday) $5
- US Bank ramp, Second Avenue West and Michigan Street (today-Monday) — $3 for three hours; $6 all day
- Interstate 35 between 21st and 26th Avenues East is closed.
- The portion of London Road between 24th and 32nd Avenues East is down to a single lane in both directions.
- There is no access to I-35 from 26th Avenue East.
- Lane closures on northbound I-35 and southbound from Boundary Avenue to Garfield Avenue, with single-lane traffic in each direction
- Single-lane traffic in northbound lanes of I-35 from Boundary Avenue to 46th Avenue West and southbound lanes from 46th Avenue West to Garfield Avenue
- Access to north- and southbound I-35 is available from 27th and 40th Avenues West, and Cody Street.
- The ramp from southbound Highway 53 to southbound Interstate 535 is closed and detoured. Traffic will exit Highway 53 at 21st Avenue West and follow First Street to Piedmont Avenue and follow Piedmont to Garfield Avenue to the I-535 ramp.
Bayfront Festival Park
- No coolers, cans, bottles or beverages are allowed into the festival grounds or on the ships. Service dogs are allowed, but no pets are permitted.
- Backpacks are allowed but will be subject to inspection at entrances.
- Strollers are not permitted on the ships.
Black Woods, Savories Catering and other novelty food vendors will sell food and beverages at the park and Harbor Drive. Black Woods will have three locations and a beer garden.
There also will be novelty items sold in the ship tour staging areas. Outside vendors also are expected at Great Lakes Aquarium and on the other side of the Minnesota Slip blue bridge.
Bands and other entertainers will perform at Bayfront through Sunday. A complete schedule of events can be found at duluthnewstribune.com.
Tickets can be purchased at Bayfront Festival Park each day during the event. Tickets also are available online at www.visitduluth.com or by calling (800) 736-8636.
- Multi-day on-board ship tours: $17 for adults; $14 for children ages 5-10
- Multi-day dockside viewing (no ship access): $12 for adults; $6 for children ages 5-10
- Single-day dockside viewing (general admission; no ship access): $6 for adults; $4 for children ages 5-10
- Pirate’s Gold Pass: $202.50 for people ages 5 and up. This pass gets people front-of-the-line privileges, one T-shirt or tote bag, one parking pass for one vehicle, admission to the Captain’s Lounge on the festival grounds, reserved seating for “Pirates of Penzance” opera performances and one ticket to the Party in Paradise.
- Children 4 and younger get free admission.
Tickets don’t guarantee access to all ships at all times. Multi-day on-board tours will be limited to approximately 25,000 people.
Ships will be boarded at Bayfront Festival Park.
Organizers say waiting in line should be significantly shorter than 2008, when Duluth hosted three ships, or eliminated because of doubled ship capacity this year.
Portable bathrooms are available for festival-goers.