Downtown Duluth encompasses a large area with an abundance of places and spaces to explore, but you don’t need your car to discover the area. You’d be surprised how far you can go by foot. Brought to you by the Healthy Duluth Area Coalition and the Greater Downtown Council, Walk Duluth encourages you to navigate Downtown with the help of posted signs that identify the direction and walking time (and sometimes biking time) to popular destinations throughout Downtown Duluth, Canal Park and the Lakewalk.
Determine your destination by finding Walk Duluth signs, which are color coded to help direct you to where you want to go.
Blue - Civic (Public Buildings and Monuments)
Purple - Commercial (Shops and Restaurants)
Orange - Historic (Designated Historic Buildings and Landmarks)
Green - Recreational (Parks, Trails and Other Green Spaces)
In just under 10 minutes, you may be at the destination you originally chose, or you may have stumbled upon something even better! That’s the beauty of walking Downtown.
A Healthier You, A Healthier Duluth
Although it seems an ordinary activity, walking should never be underestimated. Here are a few reasons why:
- Every minute of walking can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes, on average.1
- An extra 20 minutes of walking each day burns off 7 pounds of body fat per year.1
- Reduced body fat, lowered blood pressure, increased high-density lipoprotein and reduced risk of bone fracture are associated with regular brisk walking (≥3.5 mph).2
Walking in urban areas hosts additional benefits. Urban communities that support walking are associated with:
- A stronger sense of community and security
- A stronger sense of place and economic vitality
- A more equitable transportation system
- A greater appreciation of local parks and open space3
Walk Duluth is an initiative between the Healthy Duluth Area Coalition and the Greater Downtown Council to demonstrate the potential for long-term active living in Duluth.
1. Dunton, G., et al., 2006, Perceived barriers to walking for physical activity
2. Iowa State University, Walking facts and benefits
3. America Walks, 2008, Benefits of a walkable community
4. Walljasper, J., 2013, A walking revolution: The movement making Americans happier and healthier
Funded in part by the Duluth Legacy Endowment Fund, an affiliate of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Funding for this project is also provided in part by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.