Where to Park In 2018?
The Duluth Airport is a great space to hold the show but let’s be honest, the traffic delays to and from the show in the past due to limited roadways were less than ideal. Like me, I’m sure you’re wondering how did they fix this problem? Well for starters, they hired an outside professional event traffic consultant from New York to look at all of the infrastructure in and around the Duluth Airport and completely revamped the parking and transportation plan for the 2016 Duluth Airshow which drew positive reviews from spectators who attended last year. This is good news because by all accounts attendance for June 3-4, 2017 with the Navy Blue Angels was even larger and there were no traffic issues.
There is also more offsite parking than ever before with the option to take an “express shuttle”from United Health Care (Teal Lot) into the air show which will avoids the traffic on Highway 53! It’s a short a 3-4 minute shuttle ride from United Health Care off of Rice Lake Road to the Duluth Airshow. One change for 2018 is there is no longer a shuttle from the Miller Hill Mall.
An express shuttle is a great option but from a mom’s point of view, the Upgraded Onsite Parking (Orange Lot) and the Onsite (Green Lot) is still by far the best option due to the close proximity to the show entrance and the flexibility to go back to your vehicle with ease if you forget your camera or don’t want to carry all of the layers of clothing needed to keep up with Duluth weather. The Upgraded Onsite Parking (Orange Lot) must be purchased in advance and sells out every year so take advantage of that if you can.
As I reviewed the parking options listed on the website I noticed that the majority of the parking options require advance purchase. Knowing that the Duluth Airshow is focusing on making traffic and parking a priority for the show this year it made sense to me that they are emphasizing advance purchases so they know what kind of numbers to expect and can plan ahead for the best outcome. Long story short, make your parking plans ahead of time and purchase your parking now with your tickets.
See you at the show!