This tour is offered June through August.
You may have toured the inside of Glensheen, but what do you know of the extensive grounds? This guided walk around the 12-acre estate Congdon property satisfies enthusiastic horticulturists and inquisitive history buffs alike with its interpretation of the vegetable and formal flower gardens. It delves into Chester Congdon’s vision for a sustainable estate, passion for experimental plants and his fervor for land preservation during the era in which the National Park System was born.
Grounds Tours are pre-sale only and can be ordered online or by calling 218-726-8910 or 888-454-GLEN.
This walk covers uneven terrain and may not be suitable for every guest.
Normal Tour Hours
Open Daily from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The last tour of the day begins at 4:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased on site based on availability and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. During periods of high demand, tours fill quickly. Advanced, online reservations are encouraged.
Gift Shop Hours
Friday - Sunday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
A tour pass is not required to shop at the Gift Shop, so shop at your leisure for all of your personal and gift-giving needs.
Open Daily from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Those who purchase either a Grounds Pass or any tour ticket are welcome to enjoy the grounds during normal grounds hours.
With Annual Pass $20
”The tour was very well done. The estate is beautiful and the grounds and gardens are a must see. Not to mention it is right on the shore of Lake Superior.“
”Really enjoyed our visit. The gardens are beautiful in the spring and summer. It is a wonderful home and you learn a lot of history.“
”My wife and I toured the grounds of this timely, lovable and well kept historical mansion. From the flower and vegetable gardens, the boat and carriage houses and the mansion itself, everything is well preserved and cared for.“
”Walking along the grounds, along the shore, through the gardens, the secret forest walk... is incredible.“