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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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I've been to Duluth a million times and we love to just sit by the lift bridge and watch the ships go through the canal. The bridge is beautiful all lit up at night.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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133 reviews 133 reviews
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I've been to Duluth a million times and we love to just sit by the lift bridge and watch the ships go through the canal. The bridge is beautiful all lit up at night.

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Nothing to see except a bridge but the area was still beautiful. there are many visitors and lots to see here, including canal park and cakewalk

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Bondurant, Iowa
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Watching the Aerial Lift Bridge go up is very neat! If you ever have the oppurtunity, I would suggest you to do it. It is a very unique but beautiful bridge! Some ships that go under it are huge!

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Bring your camera. There is a ritual that every ship/liner that comes into the harbor - lines of people stand around the Aerial Lift Bridge area and take photos. While the ships blow their horns to everyone. And sometimes the workers on the ships will come out and wave at everyone. You can see ships from all over the world... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Exactly as the name describes it, its a Lift Bridge... Its cool to see and watch go up and down. The real thing you want to visit is the Pier right next to it when a Great Lakes Ship is coming into the Harbor. Other then that, that is all the excitement a lift bridge can offer.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Before moving to Duluth from the Twin Cities 4 years ago, I was always awestruck by the majestic power of the ships coming through and into this iconic port.. it hasn't changed one small bit in the time I have lived here. There is nothing that can compare to a 1000' ship coming through and into our harbor.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The bridge is a now-rare lift bridge that is still in use. And you can walk across it! The bridge is about 200 feet long so the chances of getting caught walking across the bridge are slim. Beautiful and iconic. Park at Canal Park, get a cup of coffee, and stroll across a piece of history.

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Deerwood, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The aerial lift bridge is simply amazing to watch. It ties up traffic on the streets, but well worth the walk to Canal Park to watch the bridge go up and the large ore boats enter the shipping port area.

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Lacey, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

It looks the same now as in postcards from the 1930s which my parents had. I also loved reading the history of this bridge, which once ferried residents of a nearby island to the mainland. It is quite distinctive looking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Duluth is a must see city in the summer! Although we love almost year around. Make reservations early as summer can be busy. Fall is great too. But remember if you get a east or northeast wind off the Lake it can turn cool to cold.

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