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Aerial Lift Bridge

Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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It is so fun to hang out in Canal Park and watch the ships/any kind of boat come thru and watch the... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2016
Mar H
If you like architecture and amazing machines

Beautiful architecture and practical application this lifts the road out of the way of ships... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2016
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Originally constructed in 1905 as an aerial lift, this unusual elevator bridge is 386 feet long and spans the canal entrance to Duluth Harbor.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“fun to watch” (89 reviews)
“lift bridge” (211 reviews)
“big ships” (51 reviews)
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Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Reviewed 7 August 2016

It is so fun to hang out in Canal Park and watch the ships/any kind of boat come thru and watch the lift bridge go up. Especially neat when the big ships come in, very interesting to see.

Thank Mar H
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful architecture and practical application this lifts the road out of the way of ships through the canal goes up and down quite a bit and surprisingly for big ships and smaller sailboats

Thank 90jant
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Look at the history of how this bridge was built, how it was a car and people ferry then raised up to become an aerial lift type bridge. Then watch a 1000 foot ore boat glide underneath it's span. It's an awesome site and feeling...More

Thank jskmn
Reviewed 6 August 2016

The aerial lift bridge is pretty and fun to watch. Be sure to get a schedule of when the big freighters are coming in. We had never seen a freighter before.

Thank Coleen W
Reviewed 6 August 2016

We went thru this bridge on a Vista Fleet cruise. They did and excellent job explaining how it works.

Thank Rose W
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Have experienced the Duluth aerial lift bridge many times In my life. Have been coming to Duluth since the early eighties.The lift bridge is a site not to be missed. If you have a chance to visit it at night lit up by all means...More

Thank flashyboy
Reviewed 5 August 2016

If you get lucky you might even get to see them lift for a big ship...as it hangs over the end of Canal park like a thrill seeking ride...

Thank culaugh2012
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed in a hotel near the bridge and it was really fun to watch it in operation, particularly lit up at night. It would have been fun if a few more large tankers had come through, but overall it was worth the visit.

Thank Tracy S
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

My advice would be to search engine "Duluth Shipping Schedule" or similar terms (Tripadvisor terms won't allow me to provide a URL to simplify this for you) and plan your visit around the time of a ship departure/arrival. It's pretty special. The Maritime Museum is...More

Thank Andy H
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

The lake from is a great site for a walk or bike ride. The most memorable was the lift bridge. Walked across the bridge and enjoyed being under the bridge as cars drove over. It's s must go if you have the time.

Thank ChadSJohnson
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Jane W
We are thinking of watching the bridge from the deck of Grandma's restaurant. Is this a good place to eat and watch the bridge. Do we need reservations for Sept. 5th?
1 September 2015|
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Response from b_none55 | Reviewed this property |
This is a good place to eat, and there is a lot of history in mainly the top floor of the building. I don't remember if they take reservations, but think so. Strongly recommend calling them at Grandma’s - Canal Park 522... More
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