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Aerial Lift Bridge

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Address: Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Activities: Inline skating
Description: Originally constructed in 1905 as an aerial lift, this unusual elevator...
Originally constructed in 1905 as an aerial lift, this unusual elevator bridge is 386 feet long and spans the canal entrance to Duluth Harbor.
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This bridge is a part of Duluths History. Its a must see for any visitor. Being a area native we are just used to seeing it, but up close you forget how magnificent this master... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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Carlton, Minnesota
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Carlton, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This bridge is a part of Duluths History. Its a must see for any visitor. Being a area native we are just used to seeing it, but up close you forget how magnificent this master piece really is !

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Moss Beach, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's an impressive piece of work, not as romantic as the Eiffel Tower, but worth getting close to if you're in the neighborhood.

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Eagle, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I lived in Superior, Wi. For over 40 yrs. before moving away. Lake Superior, the St. Louis river, and the Superior Bay were my fishing holes. We used the Duluth entry weekly in the summer and it was always a great experience to travel through and have the bridge raised for you after making the proper signal and getting the... More 

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Decorah
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I'm a geek for big boats and big water. Watching a 1002 ft boat come through the canal is always a treat. Great museum by the bridge- take 10 minutes or 3 hours. Great place to people watch- love to see kids chase the seagulls and throw rocks in the lake. Lot's or restaurants, very nice board walk, and sight... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Something about watching ships go through the piers is simply awesome. Stay in the hotel next door, and you can hear the bridge going up. Then run down, and watch the ships go through. Neat.

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Callaway, Minnesota
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104 reviews 104 reviews
27 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The aerial lift bridge is part of the fabric of what Duluth is, a port city so far inland and so unique, and this lift bridge defines this aspect so well for the town of Duluth. It never ceases to hold my interest and if a boat is passing thru when I am there so much the better. The nautical... More 

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Newell, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Was in the area for a bus trip and we walked down by the aerial lift bridge. It was neat just to see it but no ships were going through at the time and it wasn't raising or lowing. Would like to see the ships come in sometime. It was full of ice chunks in the canal where the ships... More 

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Hubertus, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The aerial lift bridge is very interesting to see operate. I decided to get pictures of the bridge at sunrise and sunset. Got lucky and a ship came in during both times, it was facinating to watch the ships even in the cold weather.

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Peru, Illinois
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70 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

If every city in the US had their signature attraction/landmark, Duluth's would be the Aerial Lift Bridge. I had seen it in magazines and books but never in person and it's impressive. I'm surprised how well it still works considering how many times it has gone up and down to let the massive freighters pass through. Every time a ship... More 

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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71 reviews 71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We actually walked over the lift bridge last weekend. The port is closed for the season and there was ice floating in the passageway. It was pretty cool. I've driven over that bridge many times. It's fun to see it up close.

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