Duluth is a big Midwest tourist destination, thanks in part to having the nation's only all-freshwater aquarium. From a planner's perspective, Duluth event venues, like its expansive convention facility, thousands of hotel rooms and 50 restaurants in the downtown area alone, make the city popular with groups. Even winter weather can't keep convention guests away – a climate-controlled skywalk system that connects over 600 hotel rooms to the heart of the city's convention scene, the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
Duluth International Airport (DLH) is served by Allegiant, Delta and United Express airlines. Groups may fly in directly from Minneapolis, Chicago and Detroit.
Located on the shores of Lake Superior just steps away from downtown, the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is home to the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Ballet, UMD Men's and Women's Bulldog Hockey and the William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum. But thanks to 250,000 square feet of space, it's also the perfect venue for Duluth conventions, conferences and social events. The DECC facilities include two convention centers, each home to its own ballroom and meeting rooms, and five exhibit halls, including the AMSOIL Arena with 19,600 square feet of floor space. Combined, the DECC encompasses two ballrooms, 30 meeting rooms and 120,000 square feet of dedicated exhibit space.
Duluth hotels are also home to some of the top meeting facilities in the city. In addition to over 4,600 rooms, hotel venues in Duluth offer tens of thousands of square feet of world-class, well-appointed event space. The 345-room Holiday Inn Duluth has a lakefront setting and room for 25 to 600 guests thanks to a divisible 6,800-square-foot ballroom. With 268 rooms and 9,000 square feet of meeting space, the Radisson Hotel Duluth Harborview is an excellent choice for events of up to 400 people. The Edgewater Resort & Waterpark, Inn on Lake Superior and Sheraton Duluth are among the many other meeting hotels in the city.
For an out-of-the-ordinary event, special event venues in Duluth have it covered. An ordinary cocktail reception becomes extraordinary next to a 24-foot waterfall or glowing tanks of lake trout and sturgeon at the Great Lakes Aquarium, which has several spaces for seated meals, receptions and meetings. Zeitgeist Arts, a hip movie/performance theater and cafe, has spaces for a wide range of events, from presentations in its state-of-the-art movie theater to welcome receptions in its spacious atrium lobby. To kick things up a notch, book a group trip with Superior Whitewater Rafting, which offers exhilarating rafting trips down the St. Louis River.
No matter how they spend the day, meeting guests in Duluth always look forward to relaxing with dinner and drinks at night. Duluth's restaurants with private meeting space don't disappoint. Offering panoramic views of Lake Superior, Nokomis Restaurant & Bar has a seating capacity of nearly 200 people among its dining room, patio and bar. Midi Restaurant in the Fitger's Hotel has five meeting spaces and even its own dinner theater show performed by the city's professional theater company. Timber Lodge Steakhouse, Valentini's Vicino Lago and Black Woods Grill & Bar in Proctor also have private dining space.