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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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Awesome to see in the daytime or at night; if you want a fun drive go over the bridge out to the park and spend the day!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

It's a wait is about all I can say...it takes a while for a ship to go through and once you see it it's not as impressive! Personally I enjoy a lot of the other things in the area and waiting to see it sometimes can be a drag, but should be an experience to be seen for someone in... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Awesome to see in the daytime or at night; if you want a fun drive go over the bridge out to the park and spend the day!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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120 reviews 120 reviews
34 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Yes, it is just a bridge. But it is a lift bridge! So watching ships, boats, yachts going under the bridge is entertaining. And it is free!

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Crosby, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

There are books on the bridge in area stores that add a lot to the experience of why it was built, how it was built, and how it came to be the bridge it is today. All of the history is there, and the important function. It's exciting when you are nearby and the bells clang that the bridge is... More 

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Deephaven, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The artistic beauty of this engineering feat is just one of the attractions of this landmark. It's history is so rich, from the time of inception to groundbreaking to completion and then upgrades. As you come over the hill on I35, your eyes are drawn to the Lift Bridge in your lower left frame of view. You can't go to... More 

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Cotton MN
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The lift bridge is an incredible mechanical wonder. It is awesome to see the bridge function to make was for the large Lakers and Salt water ships. It is a wonder when you see the massive ships passing through the canal only yards from them. It is not uncommon to see the crew members out on deck waiving to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Everytime I'm in duluth I make a point to drive across the bridge. The bridge is definitely something about sitting and watching all the large ore ships passing under it really makes for a site. I remember growing up remembering that spot and always wanting to go back. I definitely recommend going to see it.

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Carlton, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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25 reviews 25 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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27 reviews 27 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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