Live and Work in the Twin Ports

Campus from above with Lake Superior and fall colors

UMD and the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior are great places to live and work. We share some resources to give you some idea about how we work, live, and play!

UMD and University of Minnesota resources

Make a difference in the community

Practical Duluth information

Family related (e.g., child care, schools, camps)

Get involved in the community and fun activities

Outdoor Playground

  • Duluth Parks: Chester (waterfalls, playground, ski hill, hiking & biking trails, cross-country skiing trails), Lester (waterfalls, picnic area, playground, hiking & biking trails, cross-country skiing trails), Hartley (Nature center, programming, winter gear rental, hiking and biking trails, pond and forest), Congdon (waterfall, hiking trails, scenic walking bridges), Lincoln Park (playground, picnic area, trails)
  • Enger Tower - great views of Duluth, picnic area, hiking trails, rock garden and landscaped flower gardens
  • Rose Garden: beautiful garden on the edge of lake superior with views of lift bridge
  • Superior Hiking Trail: hiking trail through the city of Duluth and up the North Shore 
  • Rail Trails for biking/walking: William Munger Bike Trail (starting Duluth, MN, 70 mile paved trail ), Osaugie Trail (Superior, WI, 5 mile paved trail) and Tri-County Corridor Trail (starts in Superior, WI, gravel trail for bikes and ATVs)
  • Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS): mountain biking trails throughout the city (Duluth Traverse); one of 6 Gold Level Ride Centers in the world
  • Day Tripper of Duluth: day trips around the city and up the shore (kayaking, hiking, biking, etc)
  • Bagley Nature Center Trail: can go hiking between teaching classes over at Bagley; it is so close to campus and makes UMD a rare gem of a campus where hiking/skiing are easily accessible.
  • Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory: great place to see migration of raptors and other birds, special events on Hawk week
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area
  • State parks: Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • Learn to Fly! Duluth Flying Club: either just starting out or needing to rent a plane for an afternoon flight, DFC has several programs for everyone
  • Join the Duluth Curling Club: learn to curl at the DCC, leagues and teams are available to all levels
  • Join Parks and Recreation for lots of outdoor activities
  • Duluth Cross Country Ski Club
  • Park Point beach: 7 miles of sandy beach in downtown Duluth, weather and wave conditions 
  • Wisconsin Point beach: nice sandy beach in Superior, WI
  • High ropes and zipline course in Silver Bay
  • Around 40 streams flow through Duluth into the St. Louis River or Lake Superior and a large fraction of the total stream run is greenspace/park.  Notably, most of these riparian areas also are wildlife corridors, so sighting of deer is nearly an everyday occurrence. Bears are spotted quite regularly.

Family activities


CSA and farmer’s markets

Restaurants, bars, etc.