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Aerial Lift Bridge

Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Ranked #3 of 47 attractions in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges
Activities: Inline skating
Description: 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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illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This iconic bridge is one of the most unusual in America. We were able to get video of the bridge in action. Park Point, the area across the bridge, is very cool with dunes and lighthouse ruins. It is very close to Canal Street shops and restaurants, with reasonably priced parking. There are two lighthouse right there, and several interesting... More

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Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Photographic bridge with an interesting design history. Fun experience to sail under the lift. Watching the big ships go through is unique too. If time, visit the maritime museum or take a Vista Fleet cruise to learn more about.

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Anaheim
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Spectacular and a step back in time. I can see where Duluth is so proud of this bridge. Up close it really is an homage to the Eiffel Tower and from a distance a very cool photo!

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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102 reviews 102 reviews
35 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Unique, large bridge structure off the Lakewalk that rises and falls with craft passing through. If you get lucky enough to catch a giant lake or ocean freighter going out or in, you are in for a rare treat.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Interesting to watch as it operates to accommodate the busy shipping canal. Beware, though, it has to go up often, so allow plenty of time if you need to be on one side or the other by a particular time.

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Sparta, Wisconsin
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89 reviews 89 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Stopped in late evening and checked the ship travel times and we were able to see the bridge raise up and a ship pass by while we stood within feet of it. Then we waited while the bridge lowered, lots of people taking pictures. Make sure to stop and check this one out, if you cross the bridge and a... More

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Arlington, MN
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is a must see and just take a little time and watch the bridge and all of the things going on around it.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We were in awe at the incredible feat of engineering that is the Aerial Bridge! Watching the bridge go up and the big ships come through the canal is awe inspring. You can pick up a newsletter at various locations on the canal each day that gives the names and estimated times of arrival or departure of the big ore... More

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Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We drove over the lift bridge and it was a lot of fun. There isn't much to say about it, it is a neat thing to see. Fun to drive across...then turn around and drive back over.

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Otsego, Minnesota
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Always fun to see the lift bridge and watch the huge ships come in or out. Check out the shipping schedule first so you can time your visit well.

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