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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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Pretty cool

I have the chance to see the bridge working twice, the second time was use by a Galeon and a big merchant ship. It ia beautiful and very impressive. A must see in Duluth.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Cali, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have the chance to see the bridge working twice, the second time was use by a Galeon and a big merchant ship. It ia beautiful and very impressive. A must see in Duluth.

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Hartland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Highly recommend finding out from the maritime visitor center when the boats are coming in. Very neat to see a 1004 foot boat coming to load up with ore pass under the bridge!

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england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed just near the bridge so thought I owed it a review. It's a funny one to review as its not really "something to do" - it's just a pretty short bridge after all. However it's a huge part of the town and vital to its existence and so there's something both calming and mesmeric about it. On a windy... More 

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Danville, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were fortunate to catch two ships arriving at night and then one leaving the next morning. It's amazing how big they are! It's fun to walk out to the light house. The kids loved playing on the rocks. We had a great time!

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Unique and interesting structure. Major landmark of the city and worth the visit. You can see the bridge from several areas of the city and even from the North Shore of Lake Superior.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's cool to watch the bridge go up and to also go underneath and watch the car go Over.. It cool to see the boats come I and see how they speak with the bridge

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You have to go underneath the bridge when it goes up and down, it is a safe thrill! The piers are great, if you have time, take a tour on the Vista King or Queen, 45 minutes to 3 hours.

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Thank ParkerJames
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was there for Tall Ships Duluth. Got to see some great ships and also some big ships come in under the bridge. The traffic can get backed up on both sides of the bridge easily. I would recommend parking on one side and walking over and back, it is a short walk. There is a light house at the end.... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Hard to write a review of the Areal Lift Bridge because there is DO much to say! Depending on the season it offers such a variety of opportunities. Just visited for Tall Ships which comes to Duluth Harbor every 3 years. To see the huge vintage sailing ships run through the channel and under the bridge gives one goose flesh.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This bridge is fun to watch - the traffic backup can be a little long in the peak season but it is fun to hear the whistle/horn and watch the Lakers, sailboats, and other boats come in and out of the harbor!

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