A woman laughing in a hammock while relaxing in the woods.


5 fantastic free things to do 

Tight Budget? No Problem!

In a Wisconsin town known for being a top weekend getaway—that’s also affordable—it makes sense that some of the best things in life here are free.

Begin at Barker’s 

Swim, paddle and play

Hang out on Barker’s Island, where you can swim, paddle and play in the warm season. Visit the free Lake Superior Estuarium for fun, family-centered exhibits that tell the story of the estuary and Superior-Duluth harbor, the largest freshwater port in the world. It’s also a perfect place to launch a boat and explore the harbor, big lake and its bays. 

A beautiful pink sunset over a pond surrounded by green vegetation. The Superior Harbor, Lake Superior Estuary Museum, and the SS Meteor are in the distance.
A curving, sandy beach along Lake Superior's blue water in Wisconsin.

Beach It

Explore the shores

Hit up one of 16 public beaches on the south shore of Lake Superior in Douglas County, including 11 within Superior alone. And that’s just the beginning. When it comes to shoreline, there’s more to explore.

Get To The Point

Wisconsin Point is a natural choice

Swim, stroll or picnic on Lake Superior. Spot wildlife. See the iconic Superior Entry Lighthouse. And marvel at massive ships passing by on route to the world’s largest ore docks and grain elevators in the bay. 

Three young people enjoying each other's company and conversation by a fire on a sandy beach.
A painting by Carl Gawboy of the Edmund Fitzgerald in large waves. The sky and water are dark and ominous.

Marvel At Murals

Art and culture collide

Stroll the Superior Public Library to view 35 murals by artist Carl Gawboy, a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, depicting local history in painted stories—from the beginning of the earth to the 20th century. 

A young couple hiking in the woods and having fun. He is giving her a piggy back ride and she is biting his ear.

HIke the Trails

For the rush of Manitou Falls. The ease of biking the Osaugie. Being by the Brule. And that’s just the beginning.

A closeup look at some white roller skates on a brightly colored, blue and purple dance floor.

Family Friendly Activities

From free to affordable to just plain fun, these activities are sure to bring a Superior smile.

A woman playing the electric guitar at a live concert.

attend an Event

Find live music, festivals, races and more. Many events are free. And the others probably won’t break the bank.

The lighthouse on Wisconsin Point as the sun sets in the distance. There is a cool layer of fog over the water.

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