Summer in Cook County

Visit Cook County, MN This Summer

Cook County, Minnesota, with its endless list of adventures, close proximity to nature and water and all-around welcoming atmosphere, was practically made for summer vacation. It’s the type of place you’ll visit again and again because there’s always more to do, new places to go and something different to explore. This northeast tip of Minnesota is a bright and sunny wonderland that stays comfortable all season long thanks to the giant natural air conditioner that is Lake Superior.

You’ll find no shortage of summer activities and adventures for everyone to enjoy at a pace you set yourself. Do it all from sunup to sundown, take it easy with a relaxing vacation, or mix it up to strike the perfect balance. Summer is a popular time to visit our corner of the state, but we’ll give you an insider tip: head up during the first weeks of June, mid-week throughout July, or at the end of August for picture-perfect weather, fewer crowds and even more chances to make this trip to Cook County the best one yet.


8 Summer Adventures - Only in Cook County

Ready for an unforgettable vacation? It all starts right here, right now. We’ve got over 2 million acres of wilderness and one-of-a-kind communities for you to explore. Savor days on the water or out on our trails, and nights spent by the fireside. Experience the night sky like never before. Meet new friends—locals and visitors alike—at our lineup of summer events. Add these favorites to the itinerary for your next summer trip!

  1. Have some fun outside. Biking, hiking, scenic drives. Canoeing, kayaking and good old-fashioned swimming. See wildlife and waterfalls or explore the shore. Cook County is a place for epic adventure, and it's up to you to choose.
  2. Head into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. National Geographic named the BWCAW one of the world’s “50 Places of a Lifetime,” a well-deserved honor. It is a peaceful paradise, a Dark Sky Sanctuary and a national treasure.
  3. Experience the big lake. Lake Superior is the world’s largest freshwater lake, containing ~10% of the earth’s fresh surface water and 100% potential for summer fun! Swim, paddle, boat or walk along the shore. There’s no wrong way to enjoy the lake.
  4. Play golf. Cook County offers award-winning play, spectacular surroundings, and gorgeous views at renowned golf courses—it’s the perfect location for an extended golf vacation.
  5. Find inspiration all around. Artists and artisans thrive on natural inspiration, and there’s no place more ruggedly beautiful than Cook County. Stop by local artists’ galleries, visit museums and history centers, take a workshop or class or simply be inspired by nature.
  6. Listen to live music. The music scene in Cook County is unreal. You will not believe the diverse array of talent found in this corner of the state. Check out our events calendar for live music and shows throughout the region.
  7. Attend an event. ​​The summer events schedule is jam-packed with an incredible lineup. Don’t miss these one-of-a-kind events, and know this is just the tip of the iceberg. Browse our events calendar for a full and current list.

  8. Eat fresh-caught fish. Many Cook County communities are tried-and-true coastal towns. Savor the local flavors at unique restaurants and lodges in Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder, Grand Marais, Grand Portage, the Gunflint Trail and many communities in between.



Book Your Stay

In Minnesota, summer is just three short months. There’s a lot to do and very little time to do it. Book your visit now so you can enjoy every moment. Remember: beat the heat and the crowds by planning a stay during early June, mid-week during July, and at the tail end of August.


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