Our most popular trip, this excursion brings you through downtown Duluth, a little way up the North Shore, through Congdon Park, and to the neighborhood of Lakeside, where the train stops briefly to turn around. The perfect standard trip for you and your family, lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes, covering about six miles each way.
First Class Option: Ride in the Dome Car and enjoy the unique upstairs viewing area, with an attendant designated just for you. Space is limited to just 24 passengers per trip (or 12 if 50% capacity), but you have the entire Dome Car (including the downstairs lounge) to yourself. Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks while you experience the spectacular views from above in the Dome Car. Note: Due to the historic nature of the traincar, First Class seats are not wheelchair accessible. Children ages 0-13 must purchase tickets for first class (2 and under are free in coach only), and must be supervised at all times while on the train for the courtesy of other passengers. All passengers in first class are expected to behave in a first class fashion for the respect of other patrons.
Coach Seats: Ride in one of several historic coaches. Some have open windows, some have air conditioning/heat, it is up to you! All seats are general boarding, so you are free to explore the train for the perfect seat. A concession car is also available to enjoy that has large open-air doors. Children ages 2 and under are free and do not need tickets for coach.
Reservations are strongly recommended but not required for this excursion. Tickets may be purchased up to 20 minutes prior to departure. This train can sell out, so it is recommended to pre-purchase your tickets.
This train is Wheelchair Accessible most days, but there are no wheelchair accessible restrooms (and first class is not accessible). Wheelchairs are lifted into the concession/open car. Pets are not allowed. All tickets are round-trip. There are restrooms on the train.
Children: Ages are 3-13 in Coach. Ages 2 and under are free in coach and do not need a ticket/reservation. All passengers in First Class (ages 0+) must purchase a ticket.
Doors close 2 minutes prior to departure for safety checks. Any passengers who arrive after this time will not be permitted to board and will not receive a refund.
Museum Passes can be added at the half-off combination rate of $6 adults and $3 for children. If you're not sure you'll have time for the museum, you can still get this discount and add passes on the day you arrive.
CABOOSE CREWZ PACKAGE
Ride for a flat rate fee for up to 10 people in the caboose, attached to the Duluth Zephyr, 75 minute ride. Enjoy the narrated tour, while exploring and climbing in the caboose. A cooler of soda/water and chips are available to you, included with the ride.
You can have anywhere from 1 person to 10 people on the ride, for the flat-rate fee of $175 for the trip. The caboose is not accessible to/from the rest of the train. So riders are confined to the caboose and it is a private space, along with a car attendant who will ride with everyone to answer questions and assure your safety.
Please note that this is a historic working caboose. It is not a luxurious Pullman car. It is the chance to experience what life is like for the workers on the railroad.
Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the caboose, this is not a wheelchair accessible ride. However, folks with limited mobility can access the caboose with 3 short steps to enter the lower level of the caboose.
A cooler of non-alcoholic beverages is available for caboose passengers, and light snacks (chips/candy).
Admission to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is included with a purchase of a "caboose crewz package" for you and your group.
North Shore Scenic Railroad
506 West Michigan Street
Duluth Minnesota 55802