Glensheen Visitor Tips & Tricks — Tall Ships edition

Dan Hartman
Jun 30, 2016 · 3 min read

2016 Summer Edition

Tall Ships 2013
  1. Buy your ticket online.

The easiest way to guarantee yourself a tour is to purchase your ticket online. Here is a direct link to the tour purchase portion of the website —

2. Come in late afternoon

Mornings typically are our busiest and if you come later in the afternoon, there is a good chance you will get a smaller tour group size.

3. Come on Sunday

Saturday is always the busiest day of the week, especially July through August. Sunday is usually around half of the attendance of Saturday.

4. Take photos inside (plan on low light conditions)

One of the best parts about the Self-guided tour is that you can take the time to get that great photo inside of Glensheen. Want that perfect picture of the Breakfast Room? Want that fun macro photo of the wood carving in the main hallway? On the self-guided tour, you now have the time. Take it.

By the way, the camera on your smart phone does well with the low light conditions.

5. Give time to explore grounds

Many come for the Mansion, but the grounds are equally as spectacular. Some of the staff at Glensheen are more drawn to the grounds than the house even. The grounds are also considered one of the top ten gardens in Minnesota.

Don’t miss…

  • Stone Arch Bridge over Tischer Creek
  • relaxing by Lake Superior in Adirondack Chairs
  • Walk up to West Gate Entrance past front door. (past front door)
  • vegetable gardens near parking (a U of M experimental garden, all produce is donated to local Food Bank)
  • West Porch (personal favorite)- overlooks Stone arch bridge, Tischer Creek and formal garden

6. Go explore Congdon Park

From Superior St to 4th St is one of the most beautiful parks in the City of Duluth.

In the park is a series of cascading waterfalls, that you cross over on city-made foot bridges. Originally, this park connected to the trail system that the Congdons had built on their private property. This was so they could hike from Lake Superior all the way to the top of Congdon Park. So taking this trail is something guests would have done in 1910. If you do go, take the trail closest to the creek, it is dramatically more scenic than the other two.

The Glensheen Collection

Anything and Everything related to Glensheen, the historic Congdon Estate. ~Duluth, MN

Dan Hartman

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Love the outdoors, good museums, good movies and oh yeah...good public policy.

The Glensheen Collection

Anything and Everything related to Glensheen, the historic Congdon Estate. ~Duluth, MN