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5 Best Things To Do in Hibbing, Minnesota

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Most people, myself included, would think nothing exciting is happening in a small town in northern Minnesota. Thankfully, they are wrong. Every town usually has something exciting and fun to offer, and if you dig deep enough, you might discover something new.

Northwest of Duluth, between Grand Rapids and Virginia, Hibbing is known as the town that moved the Grand Canyon of the North and was once called the “Iron Capital of the World.”

It should also be noted that it was home to several famous residents, including popular musician Bob Dylan. Understanding this means it’s almost impossible not to find something to do on your visit. There are many things to do while hibbing.

From visiting historical museums to visiting beautiful landmarks and taking a stroll through the peaceful nature & wildlife areas. The community is on the Mesabi bike trail, close enough to bike, which is one of my favorite outdoor activities.

It boasts 32 parks, two golf courses, skateparks, sports fields, indoor and outdoor ice rinks, the Hibbing Raceway, and the marksmanship center.

With so many articles and recommendations available, settling on just a few can become a difficult choice. Hibbing is a unique place with a variety of activities and places that will leave lasting memories for any visitor. First, we will explore why Hull Rust Mine is a popular destination.

Then, we will learn about fascinating museums, top attractions, and historic sites. This will allow you to plan a fun activity and enhance your visit!

Things To Do in Hibbing, Minnesota

 1. Hull Rust Mahoning Mine 

Address: Penobscot Road, Hibbing, MN 55746, United States

The city of Hibbing is located in St Louis County and is built on top of rich iron ore. The largest open-pit iron mine in the USA sits at the edge of town. It’s a national historic landmark and an actual working mine.

The Hibbing area is rich in mining history and various other historic sites. This group of open pits alongside the Mesabi Range is a monument to human ingenuity and hard work. 

The town expanded quickly during its infancy thanks to the supply of mineable raw materials during the Industrial Revolution. Miners soon discovered that a part of the ore body had gone under the old town, and after negotiations, they decided to relocate the town to the south, two miles away.

The mining company covered most of the expenses through loans that could be paid off over the years by the community and retailers of the town.

The relocation was quite an undertaking. Only one structure did not survive the journey. A hotel tipped off the rollers and fell to the ground, leaving a pile of rubble behind. This project began in 1919 and lasted until 1968.

The the world's largest open pit iron ore mine Hull Rust Mahoning
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This massive undertaking is the equivalent of digging a small tunnel through the earth’s center from Minnesota and then out the other side. More than 30 individual mines encompass a breathtaking 2,291 acres. Most are no longer in operation, however.

With a range of 6 miles long, up to two miles wide, and 600 feet deep, there is sure to be something that catches your eye here. Visit the Hull Rust Mine View and Hibbing Tourist Visitor Center to join a group tour and view the working mine from the observation area.

This fascinating National Historic Landmark has an equally fascinating founding history. It offers a 360-degree view of about 3 miles from a high point. An activity that I (and many young kids—no shame) would enjoy is witnessing the massive trucks and equipment in action! 

The center provides free admission and handicap accessibility. Group tours accommodate up to 45 people and more. This year-round facility has a shop and accepts “special arrangement” visits when not in season.

See Related: Top-Rated Hotels in Duluth, Minnesota

2. Greyhound Bus Museum 

Address: 1201 Greyhound Blvd, Hibbing, MN 55746, United States

The Greyhound Bus Museum’s first feature that will catch your eye is the Roses and Iron Garden. A unique garden comprises hardy and shrub roses – eighty roses branch off 35 varieties.

Excellent growth potential and resilience are hallmarks of the Greyhound bus company; an Iron theme to tie into industrial history to start your journey through the museum. Carl Wickman and Andrew “Bus Andy” Anderson began a bus line between Hibbing and Alice in 1914.

Originally, it started to help iron miners get around. Eventually, it would become known as Greyhound Lines, the largest bus company worldwide.

The museum dedicates itself to the history and origin of the Greyhound Bus Company. Video presentations inside a theater made to look like the inside of a Greyhound bus will explain the company’s history. Upon finishing and exiting the theater, you can take a stroll and see the various Greyhound buses displayed outside.

At the museum, visitors will learn more about the famous Greyhound story through fun activities, including 18 new historical buses, lines using pictorial displays, exhibits, artifacts, memorabilia, audiovisual presentations, and the video The Greyhound Story.  

Road leading to Greyhound Bus Museum
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An immersive experience will take you through a tunnel that will immerse you in the auto sounds of 1914. A detailed visual will illustrate how the Greyhound bus lines contributed to the WW2 war effort. 

Other displays and artifacts will help visitors understand how a two-mile route and a car (the failed Hupmobile they could not sell for love or money) grew into the largest bus company worldwide. Now the largest provider of intercity bus transportation, serving over 2,300 destinations and 13,000 daily departures.

Providing safe, cheap travel to over 25 million, it has become an American icon serving most of North America and branching off to other services.  There is no shortage of achievements for this most-recognized brand. A true quality feature that inspires me to think big. Visiting the museum will leave you proud of the marvels and wonders of the past.

Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop on your way out. The shop has a variety of brand items such as caps, t-shirts, spoons, bus prints, model buses, and much more to choose from!

See Related: Best Museums in Minnesota

3. Hibbing Historical Society Museum 

Hibbing Historical Society Building
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Address: 400 E 23rd St, Hibbing, MN 55746, United States

Hibbing Historical Society Museum is where you can learn about the town’s origins as a hardy, viable mining industry. Various interesting displays will help you understand more about the subsequent move and the people who helped form the town. 

Hibbing Historical Society Museum is a treasure trove of history from the region. From permanent to temporary exhibits that explain the architecture to the community’s business interests and those who’ve resided there.

There are remains of the foundations of the old homes where they once stood and signs with informative descriptions of the history of the relocated buildings. The old historic site of Hibbing is now home to a model airplane field and the Hull Rust Mine.

Hibbing Historical Society Museum exhibit
Hibbing Historical Society Museum  / Facebook

The museum exhibits in the memorial building tell the town’s story. Its logging and mining pictorials demonstrate the operations and functions of the tools and how they were used in mining and logging.

For more reference, you can look at their 5-foot by 8-foot scale models of the town of historical Hibbing as they looked in 1893 when they were incorporated. A 10-minute audiovisual narration accompanies another 8-foot by 16-foot model from 1913. 

The narrative depicts the town’s growth. It will help you understand why Hibbing was forced to move to adjust to the demands set forth by the discovery of abundant, rich iron ore deposits just below the town. 

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4. Carey Lake Recreation Area 

Carey Lake in Hibbing Minnesota
Source: AllTrails

If you are an outdoor enthusiast like me and love the lakes, running, fishing, and hunting, then Hibbing is a great place to consider. Depending on the season and date, you could even be lucky to enjoy street dances and sidewalk sales that unite the community in these fun, family-centered activities. 

If your trip falls on the first Wednesday of every month, head over to the Mesabi Range, watch the mine blasts around noon, and walk the Mesabi Trail. Afterward, head to Carey Lake and stroll through a beautiful nature reserve close to Voyageurs National Park.

Carey Lake Park has many options, including fishing piers, natural conservation sightseeing, ornamental plantings, picnic tables, and trails for biking, hiking, and lit ski trails. Ice Fishing is also a common activity during the season.

The Lake beach is a great location for swimming during the summer months and cross-country ski trails during the winter. The beach and park are usually pretty well maintained, and there is plenty of free parking throughout the park. 

Trails start at the parking area by the beach and branch off in many directions to cover about 20 square miles of gorgeous scenery. They primarily run through the woods and lowlands; only a third are in the highlands.

You’ll witness ducks and swans swimming in the lakes and ponds and local rare bird species. Some consider it the perfect bird-watching area in town as it is never very crowded. 

See Related: Best Indoor Activities in Minnesota

5. Bob Dylan’s House 

Address: 2425 7th Ave E, Hibbing, MN 55746, United States

Visiting Bob Dylan’s hometown childhood house would be a great opportunity if you are in town. The Hibbing Public Library started an assemblage and named it the “Bob Dylan Collection” in honor of the legendary Minnesotan musician. 

Several residents and visitors have purchased and donated many items over the years. One of the main attractions is the house in which Bob Dylan lived for around 12 years. The house is not currently open to the public and is privately owned by a super fan!

That doesn’t mean you can’t take some guided tours and follow the path the great musician himself walked, as well as other famous Minnesotans like Prince, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Judy Garland, all famous household names worldwide.

Start your day at Dylan’s Childhood home. The tour will take you to a building that used to be Zimmerman Electric, around the Hibbing High School, Hibbing Public Library, and the Lybba Theater.

Along the way, you’ll visit a street named after Dylan and see where he took guitar lessons, at Braman Music, and ends at the site of Bob’s Bar Mitzvah celebration. 

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