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“Stop at Grandma's and oogle the bridge” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aerial Lift Bridge

Aerial Lift Bridge
Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Ranked #3 of 42 Attractions in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Inline skating
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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.
Centuria, Wisconsin, United States
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“Stop at Grandma's and oogle the bridge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

The bridge is old and grey and mystifying. The best view from afar is at Thompson Hill (rest area) but do not bother crossing it as there is nothing but a residential area on the other side. Eat lunch at Grandma's Saloon, tour the Marine Museum (it is free) and watch a barge pass under the bridge. Give those folks a big wave hello as they pass you buy but do not cross the bridge.

Visited June 2012
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Eveleth, Minnesota
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“Duluth History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Make it to the lift bridge during your stay. It's always great for a photo op. I was once told by a friend that the lift bridge only goes up twice per year, so make sure you're there at the right times.

Visited October 2012
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River Falls, Wisconsin
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“The icon of Duluth, a veritable antique still in action”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Just behind Grandma's Saloon it is awesome to watch the lift of the bridge to allow freighters pass thru. You can watch it up close as it raises, or drive across when it is down and see it from the other side. If you dine on Grandma's upstairs patio, you have a great view while you drink or dine.

Visited February 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Fantastic, Highlight of My Summer Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Our family of three went on a lengthy summer road trip through Canada and the US in 2012, and this was definitely the highlight. You could spend hours in Canal Park just looking out at the gorgeous lake and bridge. I highly recommend the Lakewalk, as it is a great stroll along the beach and offers several different outstanding vantage points of the bridge. The bridge is particularly beautiful at sunset, and definitely do the Lakewalk at this time if you can. I also recommend crossing the bridge and spending some time on Park Point Beach, where the sand is amazingly soft and you also have a nice view of the bridge. Also, if you can get a hotel in Canal Park, you should definitely get a room with a Bridge view, as it is a truly special experience to sit in your room and watch huge ships pass under the bridge onto Lake Superior.

Visited August 2012
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“A very cool bridge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is one of Duluth's main attractions. You can see it for miles! It's a very attractive lift bridge that straddles the main channel into Duluth Harbour. It's a great place to watch the grain boats, and it's way cool when it lifts! The peninsula that it connects to is worth a look. A lot of pretty cottages right by the shore, just a few minutes away from downtown!

Visited September 2012
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