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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enough to actually meet 2 of the Ironworkers that help build the bridge at breakfast one morning took photos and had a great visit with them

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Robbinsdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Check out the shipping schedule to see if you can happen to find a time when a 1000' ore boat is arriving or departing!

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Darkhan-Uul Province, Mongolia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Why wouldn't you stop to see the aerial lift bridge in action? When I visited I had the opportunity to see the ice on Lake Superior still breaking up in the spring warm up as well as two ships go out to sea. It was a great, peaceful evening.

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Montevideo, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

we watched the sail boat race which was interesting. once they got out into the lake farther they opened their sails. disliked the rainy weather

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We were lucky and got to stay near the lift bridge. It was fun seeing it lift and watch the boats and ships pass under. It's stunning at night so if you get a chance take it in. A must see while in Duluth.

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We drove over this bridge getting to our hotel. Our hotel even told us when the bridge would be going up as the ships came in that day. It's unique.

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St. Michael
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It's a bridge. Watching boats and people, and cars. On a nice day I can imagine staying longer, but the wind can be a factor along with rain. At night it lights up very pretty for pics, but be aware of your surroundings.

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Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Went out on the bridge several times and got caught on the other side while a ship passed. I think we wanted this to happen so no big deal.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

You can't miss the Aerial Lift Bridge--you will see it coming over the hill from the south--the panorama of the city is punctuated by the lift bridge, separating Park Point, and the city proper. Stop there, walk across the bridge, stroll down one of the piers. It's really lovely. With any luck, a big ship will be coming in (or... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It is cool to see how the bridge works, is surprisingly fast! It's an everyday local event that makes the everyday traveler stop and smell the ships.

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