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Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth

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Bridge Tourist Spot
Visit Aerial Lift Bridge to see one of only two vertical-lift bridges in the world. Built in 1905, the bridge was upgraded between 1929 and 1930 to lift vertically. The entire bridge rises, just like an elevator, to allow boats to pass underneath. The United States Army Corps of Engineers manages a maritime museum that will help you understand the complex mechanism. Check the shipping schedule in advance so you're sure to see the bridge in action. Put Aerial Lift Bridge into our Duluth holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • if you are in Duluth you have to see this...this is the first "draw bridge" I have ever seen that actually went up and down vertically. it was truly amazing watching this entire structure move up ...s...  more »
  • I was in Duluth 4 days and I spent every free minute I had sitting by the bridge....the structure itself is amazing, but to see it in action to let ships pass underneath is a fun experience!!!  more »
  • Watching the large ships pass under the lift bridge was the highlight of my Duluth visit! Love being able to watch the live cameras online of the ships going through the canal from home.  more »
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  • I've lived in Duluth for 13 years and to this day i still stop and watch the bridge go up and down. I once heard that Duluth is the number one tourist town in Minnesota, and thats because the Aerial Lift Bridge is the number one tourist attraction in the state. If you've yet to see it, you will not be disappointed. Especially when a Great Lakes ore ship passes under its magnificent structure.
  • I haven't been here for many years but it never gets old. The beautiful vastness of this lake is just hard to believe that we have this gem in Minnesota.
  • Beautiful and large. Right outside the Inn on Superior and 2 other hotels with essentially a free museum right near this. You can see anchors, boat parts, the light houses, etc. Great and free place to see and visit.
  • Awesome views watching tall ships and barges go by. Great experience and photo ops!
  • one of a kind. Try to time your arrival to match one of the lakers out even a saltie.