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Aerial Lift Bridge

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Address: Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Activities: Inline skating
Description: 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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Inspiring Lift Bridge will take your breath away!

Something that you do not see everyday! This amazing lift bridge. Only one in North America and you can see it all in Duluth. Just finished walking across the bridge when... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Something that you do not see everyday! This amazing lift bridge. Only one in North America and you can see it all in Duluth. Just finished walking across the bridge when the signal went off that it was about to lift off! That was truly invigorating to look up and see the bridge I had just walked across being lifted... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Interesting to drive or walk or bike across and even more interesting to watch it in service. Crossing in dense fog provide adventure.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This certainly is the centerpiece of Duluth. This features a bridge that rises into the air to let ships pass underneath, both small fishing vessels and large shipping tankers. The museum is situated right next to it, and the history is well presented here, completely with information regarding ship wrecks on the Great Lakes, the ships and companies that do... More 

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Sunbury, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This something to see in action, the lower section of bridge is lifted up about 130 feet or so on cables so the large ships and cargo barges pass under, traffic does get backed up on the highway while this is going on then bridge is lowered back down so traffic can continue over. We loved boat watching at the... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The lift bridge is a great work of art that still works after all these years. If you are a history buff like me you will love the museum. Check out one of the films shown there. Amazing.

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southern MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Ship schedules are posted, so you are bound to see a ship if you are there for a couple days. The Maritime Museum is right by the aerial lift bridge, so check that out, while waiting for the ships.

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Alton, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is a must see if you are in Duluth! There's a printout near the Maritime museum each day to show which large ships are coming and going and at what times, but we caught the bridge going up for a sailboat. Free to hang out and enjoy or take a short drive across to a public beach.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Pretend to steer a ship, walk to the light house and see the rare Minnesota Loons, this is a must do stop on all trips to Duluth. The people watching is amazing! :)

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Jackie77
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This bridge is a wonder to see. The only disappointment was that although we sat there for several hours during three days we never got to see a large ship go through. Yes, we did check the schedule but it kept getting changed. Fortunately, we did see a couple of sailboats go under it.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

You''ll appreciate it more if you walk across the bridge rather than just drive across. Looking down you'll see cormorants frolicking in the water and enjoy remarkable views of the harbor and lake. Make sure you exit when they signal!

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Address: Address: Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Duluth

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