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“Famous must-see” 5 of 5 stars
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Aerial Lift Bridge
Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Ranked #4 of 74 things to do in Duluth
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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.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
“Famous must-see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Arguably the most famous human-made sight in Minnesota (I'd hate to think that the Mall of America would be more famous, but ugh, it probably is), the "Lift Bridge", as it known by the locals, should be at the top of your must-see list when visiting Duluth. If you're there at when the boats (not ships; boats) are coming and going, stand under the bridge when it goes up to let in a 1000' ore boat; you won't believe how eerily quiet it is as it rises. You and your kids will remember this sight forever.

Visited November 2012
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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“Try to time your visit to see a ship.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

It isn't always easy to know when a ship is coming in. Check with the shops near the bridge to see when the next ship is scheduled to come in.

Visited November 2012
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Saline, Michigan
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“Fun place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Very cool to be there as a large ship goes through the canal and under the bridge. The museum is full of interesting exhibits and displays a schedule of the ships going through. You can also check http://duluthshippingnews.com/ for a schedule, webcams and much more. Call Boatwatchers Hotline, 24 hours a day at: (218) 722-6489 for the most up-to-date schedule.

It is incredible how quietly the bridge goes up (except for a warning bell) and how quietly a 1,000 foot, fully loaded ship is. That is until the ship sounds its horn and the bridge replies -- that gets your attention!

Visited November 2012
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Fairfield, Illinois
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“Awesome as always.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

The Aerial Lift Bridge is a must see for any visit to Duluth. Make sure that you are down there when one of the big ships come in or go out. Bring your video camera. You won't want to miss it.

Visited September 2012
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Champaign, Illinois
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“Walk and drive the bridge!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

It's a unique experience to both walk and drive the Aerial Life Bridge. Make sure you visit the Naval Museum to find exact times for ships coming to port. The newspaper gives estimates but the museum has the details. They will announce the ships and their histories and where they're coming from. The sailors wave, it's a great experience! Be sure to get there at least 10 minutes before the ship comes as this is a crowded affair in the summer and the walls of the pier fill up quickly.

Visited July 2012
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