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Aerial Lift Bridge

Address: Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Ranked #2 of 39 Attractions in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges, Landmarks
Activities: Inline skating
Owner description: Originally constructed in 1905 as an aerial lift, this unusual elevator bridge is 386 feet long and...
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Type: Bridges, Landmarks
Activities: Inline skating
Owner 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This is a fun place to go and see the bridge. It's quite a unique thing. It's also a pretty view and the kids love it!

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West Salem, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We have enjoyed the view of the bridge from many viewpoints, in all seasons. But make sure to have the experience of crossing it to the other side and walking out to the lighthouse. Many great viewpoints and photo opportunities! Also fantastic to be there when the bridge goes up to allow a ship to enter or exit port...like a... More 

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Nevis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Watching a large ship coming into the harbor and the bridge being lifted to allow the ship passage is fun and exciting, memories in the making.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We always have to check the shipping schedule and watch a few come into the harbor under the lift bridge. It is amazing being so close to the large ships. Great stop if visiting Duluth with kids.

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Dallas
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256 helpful votes 256 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I think you could say this is Duluth's main attraction. Our hotel was very close to the bridge so we decided to walk over to get a picture both at night & the next morning. I'm glad we did because it is cool to see the bridge in different lights.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Fascinating scenic piece of maritime history. Stopped and took lots of pictures from a distance and also from up close.

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Oakdale, Minnesota, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

A must see if you are visiting Duluth. Iconic Duluth landmark that symbolizes the importance of Duluth Harbor and the Harbor's status on the world stage. Spend some time at the Maritime Visitors Center next to the bridge and wait for a "thousand footer" to come through!

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Fort Scott
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The lift bridge is a neat engineering feat in itself, but seeing those Great Lakes freighters up close and personal is an experience that must not get old, because local folks were showing up morning, noon, and night to see the ships - not just us tourists doing the "tourist thing." The schedule of anticipated Duluth harbor arrivals and departures... More 

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Grand Forks, ND
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Beautiful site seeing spot, especially at night when it is lit up--fun to get close up. Can walk across if you can stand the vibrations from traffic.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Like the view and able to walk accross. Kids felt safe walking across and standing on. Liked the location and watched a ship go under. Kids love the bridge

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