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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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Decorah, Iowa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The Aerial Lift Bridge in Dulth was simply impressive. I could not believe how quikly that size of bridge was " Lifted" so the massive freighters could come and go into the harbor. Truely a must to see while in Duluth!

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Sauk Centre, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I could watch the barges/ships all day long, an awesome sight!! Just be prepared when they blow their horn, scared the *#%@ out of me

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We got to see the Aerial Lift Bridge in action while visiting Duluth. A massive 1,000 foot ship came into port...one of the longest ships still operating on the Great Lakes. Very impressive.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

If you visit Duluth, you need to make an effort to go see the Aerial Lift Bridge. Impressive structure, and the Corps of Engineers has a visitor center for the canal. Parking near the bridge is not free however.

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Grand Ledge, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This bridge is why I wanted to stop in Duluth. It did not disappoint. We saw freighters go under, we walked over, and saw it lit at night.

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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291 reviews 291 reviews
138 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It would have been cool to see the lift bridge in action. As it was it was still a neat thing to come and see. You can see it from most of the highways driving through Duluth but to really get a good look you have to go to the canal area. It is one of the main Icons of... More

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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208 reviews 208 reviews
101 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The bridge is huge and a real feat of engineering. It is raised and lowered many times during the day for both smallish vessels and the huge transporters. Check when they are likely to go through - it is fascinating to watch

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Dayton, MN
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It's fun to watch the lift bridge in action as a boat arrives/departs Duluth. As the ship glides through the canal, the crew may be on the deck waving to those watching

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Superior, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The sight of the lift bridge is like that for me. I means so much more than just a tourist icon. It means Duluth, what it was like to grow up here and have Lake Superior water running in your veins, it means the sound of the ships horns but also the comforting sounds of the fog horn at night,... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It's cute to watch as you're strolling along but I wouldn't count it as part of a tourist destination.

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