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Address: Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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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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So simple - so cool

Make sure you're there when the bridge is lifted for one of the vessels passing through....The Maritime Visitors Center has a schedule of the ships and their passing schedules... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Las Vegas, NV
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Make sure you're there when the bridge is lifted for one of the vessels passing through....The Maritime Visitors Center has a schedule of the ships and their passing schedules posted daily. Be sure to walk or drive across the bridge as well.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I am a Duluth native and often go to see the lift bridge--you don't often get to see something like that. It's a great view for anyone and everyone especially if you're from a landlocked area. If your timing is right, kids especially love to watch a ship come through the canal, see the bridge go up and the ship... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

this is the center highlight of downtown...great for people watching....best in the spring and summer when the ships are moving

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Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Even in January, this bridge is a must-see. Obviously it is much better in the shipping season when you can see shipping traffic go through and the bridge is active.

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Medford, Oregon
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok, so I admit I find the lift bridge to be pretty cool. I've been stopping by there since, well, as long as I can remember. It is always the first stop in Duluth, whether there for a few hours or the beginning of a North Shore trip. I find it hard not to want to check out the bridge,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right in the heart of downtown with many shops to experience the local vendors. Boats coming in frequently, it really never gets old!

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indy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For us the best part of the bridge going up was all the small water craft that built up waiting for the bridge to rise. Once up these boats that had been jockeying for position are off like race horses.

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St. Marys, KS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm so glad we decided to stay in Duluth for the day and experience the Lift Bridge. We enjoyed walking along the shore and watching the ships travel through the lift bridge.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walking the Duluth Lakewalk to the lift bridge is awesome! Check the marine museum board to see the daily log of ship traffic! The bridge is something you'll never see anywhere else! Fabulous at nite to all lite up! A must see when in Duluth

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Rosemount, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every visit to Duluth includes stopping by the area the bridge is at in Canal Park. It reminds me of growing up in Minnesota and taking trips up north. I think this is great for families, especially when the boats pass through!

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