In Duluth, the shipping season is in full swing.
The first laker left the harbor March 22, and the first saltie, the Malta-flagged Maria G, arrived April 15. Locals as well as tourists are happy to see the big boats back.
How to keep track of boats: Check arrivals and departures on Harbor Lookout.
What to do: Visit the free Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center next to the Aerial Lift Bridge.
Events to catch: April 28-May 5, Homegrown Music Festival. May 12, Run Smelt Run puppet parade.
Details: For more, see Boat watching in Duluth and Duluth 101.