Summer Fun at Spirit Mountain’s Adventure Park – Duluth

Spirit Mountain Scenic Chair Lift

During the winter Spirit Mountain in Duluth is the place to go for skiing, snowboarding, tubing and winter fun, but did you know that it can be just as fun in the summer?

This week we headed to Spirit Mountain to check out Adventure Park and found it it’s packed with fun adventures – including some unique activities you may have never experienced before.

Spirit Mountain Alpine Coaster

Timber Twister Alpine Coaster

My hands-down favorite has to be the “Timber Twister” Alpine Coaster. Note that it is called an Alpine COASTER, which is totally different (and in my opinion BETTER) than an alpine slide.

Alpine Coaster Spirit Mountain

To imagine the coaster, just think of your typical amusement park roller coaster, but it goes all the way down a mountain and you are in your own individual cart that you get to control how fast or slow you go – up to 25 mph. It is FUN!!! It’s also a beautiful ride as you zip through the forest and get occasionally glimpses of the views in the distance. I could seriously ride it over and over again all day long.

Timber Flyer Zip Line

For more thrills you can ride the “Timber Flyer” Zip Line. For this unique zip line you’re on a seated on a bench and kept in place with security belts. (You can ride alone or with a partner.) The ride goes for 700 feet through the tree tops – again with an amazing view toward the water. It’s a quick ride at about 90 seconds, but definitely fun.

Spirit Mountain Mini Golf

Mini Golf Course

The 9-hole Mini Golf Course is another option that’s good for the whole family. The course has a unique design that makes it playable for all abilities. (Make sure to let the little ones cheat if you ever want to get finished and off the course!)

Spirit Mountain Jumping Pillow

Jumping Pillow

To get some physical activity in, try the giant jumping pillow. You can jump, bounce and generally be silly. The pillow is available for everyone ages two and up.

Spirit Mountain Scenic Chair Lift (1)

Scenic Chair Lift

Just like the Alpine Coaster, I could ride the Scenic Chair Lift all day long! The views of Lake Superior, the St. Louis River, and city of Duluth are AMAZING! It’s a beautiful, relaxing ride that take about 7 minutes in one direction. We also enjoyed watching mountain bikers racing down the paths below us.

Mountain Biking Spirit Mountain

Mountain Biking

Speaking of mountain biking, I had no idea how popular mountain biking at Spirit Mountain is. If you do a Google search of best mountain biking trails in Minnesota, you will see Spirit Mountain come up on every list, as well as appearing on lists of the best in the entire midwest. That scenic chair lift I mentioned above will take you and your bike up to the top where you can then choose from multiple trails for different skill levels. Bike rentals are also available.

Spirit Mountain Disc Golf

Disc Golf

Mini golf isn’t the only golf at Spirit Mountain – you can also play disc golf! The 18 hole course traverses through forest, trails and wide open spaces. You can bring your own discs or rent them at Grand Avenue Chalet (when open). Course fee is $6 per person and there’s an honor box to use outside of chalet hours.

Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet Pizza

Grand Avenue Chalet

If you’re hungry or thirsty and need to take a break, Grand Avenue Chalet (at the base of the Scenic Chair Lift) houses Riverside Bar and Grill. They feature a full bar and craft beer. The menu includes burgers, wraps, pizza, appetizers and more. They had some great specials while we were there too.

Riverside Bar and Grill Duluth Tacos

The chalet also has a store to grab gear or Spirit Mountain apparel and a snack bar for quick bites.

Spirit Mountain Adventure Park Rates

Your best value for visiting Adventure Park is to buy an all-day wristband, which includes unlimited use of the Alpine coaster, zip line, mini-golf, jumping pillow, scenic chairlift ride and disc golf course (not disc rental). If you pre-purchase 24 hours in advance, you’ll save $10 per wristband. There are also other ticket discount specials and deals available here.

If you prefer, you can buy separate tickets for individual attractions. This can be helpful if you have one person in your group who only wants to do one activity – i.e. Grandma only wanting to ride the scenic chair lift and playing mini golf. Find individual attraction fees here.

Spirit Mountain Campground

Spirit Mountain Camping

An amazing way to stay close to the fun and action is camping at Spirit Mountain! The Spirit Mountain Campground offers both walk-in tenting as well as 73 campsites equipped with fire pits, picnic tables, and electricity. Thirty-nine sites have water hook-ups, and two shower buildings offer 24-hour convenience.

Spirit Mountain Camping

The camping sites are each tucked into the forest with plenty of trees surrounding them to make your site feel like your own. While we didn’t camp on this visit, we drove through the campground and found it to be very pretty with big campsites. The campground is open through late September. Rates range from $30-$45 per site. For more information and to book online, visit,

Spirit Mountain Sign

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota will win an awesome Spirit Mountain prize pack including a two-night camping stay at Spirit Mountain along with a four-pack of wristbands for the Adventure Park!* To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm CT on 7/29/19. Good luck!

*Don’t worry – if you win and you’re not a camper, you can use the Adventure Park wristbands without an overnight stay.

Spirit Mountain Adventure Park Giveaway


  1. Ashley v says

    This looks awesome!

  2. Love that place!

  3. Jeni Harwell says

    I would love to win this. We just bought a new camper that we could use.

  4. Fun destination! Ty

  5. JullesBMe says

    Love zip lining!

  6. Jennifer Kelly says

    I am most excited about the Alpine Coaster!

  7. My brother has been there mountain biking and wants to bring my son next time. This would be perfect for them.

  8. Crystal Rose says

    I’ve never been to Spirit Mountain & I love Duluth. This would be a great trip for our family.

  9. I think the camping looks cool!

  10. Looks awesome

  11. Fun! I love alpine coasters! It looks very similar to Chestnut Mountain in Galena IL in the summer!

  12. Oh wow, I didn’t realize this was even in MN! It looks bomb!

  13. Chelsey Knuth says

    I did an Alpine slide in Vermont once, but the Alpine Coaster in MN sounds so cool!!

  14. Sarah Frank says

    The coaster sounds so fun!!!

  15. Angela E says

    How fun! Reminds me of Colorado in the summer when all the lifts are closed but you can still take a ride up for scenic views.

  16. Kelly Kriefall says

    Duluth is an amazing destination for all seasons.

  17. Margaret says

    Awesome. We love camping and adventures. I would totally take my boys and we would all want to ride the alpine coaster!

  18. Looks like fun!

  19. My family would love to try camping and especially the Timber Twister Alpine Slide!! Please sign me up for the contest!

  20. Cassandra D says

    Looks like a lot of fun.

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