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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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Beautiful view of the ships coming in to Duluth near the bridge.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week 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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Thank Skeney57
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 2 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 2 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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Willmar, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We brought our grandchildren to Duluth on a small vacation in September. This bridge was one of the highlights. They thought driving on it was as much fun as watching it lift up for the ships and then go back down.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recommend viewing the bridge from multiple angles and times of day as the view changes greatly. The kids loved that they could drive across the bridge and then be "driven over" by cards when we went for our walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the most photographed bridge, this a classic. Going online to get estimated time of ships coming and going, adds even more excitement to seeing this bridge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

should be the most photographed things in Minnesota on the way to the canadian border. situated on the great lakes and the cooly lit up bridge in the night, this becomes a must place to see when you are in Minnesota. Lake can have a harbour - well it was my 1 time hearing that and i was amazed.

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