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Aerial Lift Bridge

Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Ranked #2 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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Hastings, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

We had the pleasure of seeing two ships, in one day, go under the Aerial Lift Bridge while visiting Duluth. It was an awesome sight!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

Ship came through while we were there, you don't see that every day. There is a tee shirt, "I must go now, the Lake is calling." For sure.

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Michigan
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

It's just great fun to see the bridge go up and down as ships come into the harbor for fuel and cargo. You can walk under the bridge as well as get really close to the ships

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Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The kids especially loved this. We walked back and forth across and were able to see a number of ships/boats go through.

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Royalton, Minnesota
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We rented the multi person bikes and biked over to the bridge. It was fun to see up close the kids really liked seeing it. However you never know when it will rise.

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Minnesota
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The kids loved watching the ships come in and seeing the bridge go up. The Canal Park area is a lot of fun, great for photos, and you can find the schedule for ships at the visitor center to help.

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Fair Grove, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The museum and the bridge itself are an educational experience well worth the time to see. The schedule for boats under the bridge is available on line for planning the time to see the bridge in action.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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205 reviews 205 reviews
63 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is simply one of the coolest bridges. We stayed at hotel right at the base and that was amazing. It's lit up at night and in the day you are right there at canal park/maritime center. Do budget a few hours minimum to wander around/pack a lunch and check out the maritime center. With some planning you should be... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

You can't be on the bridge when it raises to let boats in or out. It seems to move so slow..... It was fun driving the boat through the canal with people waving. When ore boats come in they take up almost the entire width of the canal. It's interesting to watch the lift bridge no matter how many times... More

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Forest Lake, Minnesota, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

as far back as i can remember I've be going to Duluth. from a small child to know i still love watching boats go under this bridge

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