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Aerial Lift Bridge

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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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Fantastic. Great great choices of places to eat, shop and board walk, Beach walk, lake view, city view and park point is on the other side of the bridge. Beach walk there can be... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Duluth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic. Great great choices of places to eat, shop and board walk, Beach walk, lake view, city view and park point is on the other side of the bridge. Beach walk there can be miles long ( this part is all sand, not for handy cap people).

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Since their are no other bridges like this one it is an amazing thing to observe ship traffic be sure to visit the Army Corp of Engineers museum to get a list of times that the ship's will be coming in. Maybe you'll get to see a salty.

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Grey Eagle, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You must cross over-- at the end of the road it will take you to beautiful uncluttered beaches. Rock hounds will go crazy hunting for semi precious stones. Bring a picnic--we always get subway and some drinks. The kids love playing in the water you can walk forever. Sometimes there might be a volleyball game going on down the way.... More 

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Bridge connects over the channel to a residenceal area that extends to a Park at the very end. Do not miss the drive. Second and most important catch that ship coming in from someplace afar, as the Bridge Operator and Ship Captain greet each other on arrival. You will be only feet from a 1000 footer as it passes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go in the Army Corp of Engineers museum to get a list of times that the ship's will be coming in and do d a good spot near the bridge to watch. So cool! Watch ship's from all around the world come in to Duluth. Breathtaking view of Lake Superior! Fun easy entertainment for all ages!

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We always enjoy seeing the Ariel Lift Bridge and watch the large ships pass through the canal. The bridge is great to view during the day, but also at night when it is lighted. It is one of the most photographed sites in Duluth. You can enjoy seeing the bridge and ships year around. During winter months, a good place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was hoping for some boat action but on a quiet Sunday afternoon, none were moving so we didn't get to see the bridge in action ! Pity that , but it's plain too see how it does raise itself like Lazarus ! A cool piece of engineering with a steady stream of vehicles crossing its steel plates !!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

you must visit the iconic lift bridge in Duluth's canal park the history behind the bridge is very interesting on how they dredge out the canal to how the bridge was first used to fairy people and belongs across the canal until the bridge was built always a must see when the ships are passing under

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Lift Bridge is always a treat to view but is especially photogenic at night. Definitely worth the visit when the ships cone through for kids of all ages!

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Never had heard of or seen a bridge like this. The South Pier Inn staff are very knowledgeable on the history etc. Very cool.

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