Glensheen Kayak Tours
World-Class Paddling and Homegrown Fun

Scenic North Shore Paddling At The Historic Glensheen Mansion

Our summer kayaking lineup features The Historic Glensheen Mansion – a vibrant, lively destination focused on entertainment, history, and fun. From locally brewed beer to live music… from epic vistas to picnics on the beach… we’ve crafted a unique summer kayak experience that combines world-class paddling with homegrown fun and summer celebration with our partners at Glensheen Mansion.

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A New Way To Experience Glensheen Mansion

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Morning Kayak Tours at Glensheen Mansion

This Lake Superior Kayak Adventure explores the scenic North Shore with its rugged shoreline and tall lakeside cliffs before ending with a delicious picnic lunch at The Historic Glensheen Mansion.

Wednesday & Sunday | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Lunch: Amazing Grace Bakery

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Glensheen Concerts On The Pier Kayak Experience

World-class paddling and local music at Duluth’s most unique outdoor music venue… Glensheen Mansion! We’ll time the tour to include Glensheen’s Concert On The Pier show & your’ll have the best seat in the house!

Wednesdays in July | 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Includes: Live Music

Please Note: While our kayak tours begin and end at Glensheen, neither the University of Minnesota – Duluth nor Glensheen operates the tour or has any responsibility relating to the tour.


Morning Kayak Adventures At Glensheen Mansion

Glensheen Kayak Tour
Experience Glensheen Mansion from a brand new perspective! This unique kayak adventure combines big water paddling on the world’s largest freshwater lake with epic views of the rugged North Shore. Paddle the shoreline and explore Lake Superior with fun, professional guides before stopping to enjoy a picnic lunch at the beautiful historic estate.

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Glensheen Kayak Tour Details:

Price > $79 per person – NO ADDED TAX OR FEES
Availability > Wednesday & Sunday mornings – see the adventure calendar for availability
Duration > Approximately 4 hours
Transportation > We provide transportation in our comfortable adventure van
Meeting Location > Pickup and Drop-off at the Fitger’s Complex in Downtown Duluth
Tour Times > Depart Fitger’s Complex at 9:00AM and return at approximately 1:00PM
Kayaking Location(s) > Glensheen Mansion & Lake Superior’s North Shore
Included Gear > Kayaks, paddles, dry bags, and personal flotation devices
Lunch > Picnic lunch includes your choice of freshly baked bread, fixings, and house made chips (you’ll make your selections during registration)
Munchies > Complimentary snacks and bottled water included
Maximum Participants > 8 people (call us for larger group options)
Weight Restriction > Our kayaks can accommodate a maximum guest weight of 275lbs
Minimum Age > 13, under 18 accompanied by an adult/guardian (for younger children please ask about our 2-person tandem kayaks)
Difficulty > All skill levels welcome and no experience is necessary
Option > 2-person tandem kayaks are available upon request (limited availability so call ahead to reserve)
Tipping > Tips are not included, please consider tipping your guide

Glensheen Kayak Tour Highlights:

After being picked up at the Fitger’s Complex in downtown Duluth, you will be transported to The Historic Glensheen Mansion on Lake Superior’s scenic North Shore. You’ll launch from Glensheen’s beach and paddle the scenic coastline to experience the thrill of kayaking on the world’s largest freshwater lake. You’ll explore The Historic Glensheen Mansion and Tischer Creek from the water and learn about the natural and cultural history of Duluth and Lake Superior before landing back at the beach for a wonderful picnic lunch from our friends at Amazing Grace Bakery & Cafe. After lunch, we’ll get you back to The Fitger’s Complex and say our goodbyes.

Still have questions? Visit our Kayak Tour FAQ or email us for more information.


Glensheen Concerts On The Pier Kayak Experience

Glensheen Concerts on the Pier
Each July the folks at Glensheen host a series of Concerts on the Pier as a celebration of Lake Superior, local music, and Duluth’s most famous historic estate. Now you can experience the concerts in a whole new way! The Glensheen Concert & Kayaking Experience combines our popular Sunset Paddle Series with Duluth’s amazing music scene. You don’t want to miss this experience!

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Glensheen Concerts On The Pier 2019 Lineup:

Wednesday, July 3rd | Charlie Parr, featuring Charolette Montgomery
Wednesday, July 10th | Sarah Krueger, featuring Jacob Mahon
Wednesday, July 17th | Big Wave Dave & The Ripples, featuring Navy Jazz Band
Wednesday, July 24th | Black River Review, featuring Jerree Small
Wednesday, July 31st | 4onthefloor, featuring Rick McLean

Glensheen Concerts On The Pier Kayak Experience Details:

Price > $69 per person – NO ADDED TAX OR FEES
Availability > Every Wednesday in July – see the adventure calendar for availability
Duration > Approximately 3.5 hours
Transportation > We provide transportation in our comfortable adventure van
Meeting Location > Pickup and Drop-off at the Fitger’s Complex in Downtown Duluth
Tour Times > Depart Fitger’s Complex at 5:00PM and return at approximately 8:30PM
Kayaking Location(s) > Glensheen Mansion & Lake Superior’s North Shore
Included Gear > Kayaks, paddles, dry bags, and personal flotation devices
Munchies > Complimentary snacks and bottled water are included
Beer > Beer (and wine) will be sold at Glensheen’s cash bar – current and valid ID is required & beer must be consumed on land
Maximum Participants > 8 people (call us for larger group options)
Weight Restriction > Our kayaks can accommodate a maximum guest weight of 275lbs
Minimum Age > 13, under 18 accompanied by an adult/guardian (for younger children please ask about our 2-person tandem kayaks)
Difficulty > All skill levels welcome and no experience is necessary
Option > 2-person tandem kayaks are available upon request (limited availability so call ahead to reserve)
Tipping > Tips are not included, please consider tipping your guide

Glensheen Concerts On The Pier Kayak Experience Highlights:

Our guide will pick you up at the Fitger’s Complex in downtown Duluth. From there, you’ll be transported to The Historic Glensheen Mansion on Lake Superior’s scenic North Shore in our comfortable adventure van. You’ll begin your kayak adventure by learning proper paddling techniques before setting off to experience the thrill of kayaking on the world’s largest freshwater lake while exploring the rugged shoreline and the epic views. During the paddle, you’ll explore Tischer Creek and The Historic Glensheen Mansion from the water while learning about the region’s natural and cultural history before enjoying live music played by a local band from the Glensheen pier. You’ll definitely have the best seats in the house for this show!

Still have questions? Visit our Kayak Tour FAQ Page or contact us for more information.


What Our Guests Are Saying:

"Experiencing the concert from the water was awesome! We avoided the crowds and had the best seats in the house."
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"Experiencing the concert from the water was awesome! We avoided the crowds and had the best seats in the house."
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Fully Customizable Private Adventures Available

Are you looking for something a bit different from our daily Kayak Adventure? Something more customized to your outdoor adventure needs? Not a problem! We’ll work with you to develop an adventure package that will create memories to last a lifetime! Click on over to our Private Group Page and fill out our Inquiry Form. If you prefer, you can send us an email or speak to a representative of The Duluth Experience at: (218) 464-6337.

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