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Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth

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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. Make your Duluth itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • Stand in awe as a giant barge go underneath the lift bridge. The barges are unbelievably huge. It's a beautiful place to hang out on a summer evening. Lots of things to do down by the bridge.  more »
  • This is an icon on Lake Superior. It opens up the western end of the Greatest lake to the St. Louis estuary and the bay. Beautiful!  more »
  • Was there in the middle of winter, did not get down so was not able to appreciate the bridge to the complete extent.  more »
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  • More Duluth 5 star fun !!! Possibly the biggest attraction in Canal Park. Or not. Lake Superior is pretty big. I wish they would offer rides on the bridge as it goes up. Now that would be thrill ride. Imagine the view. Imagine the lawsuit. Let's stow away on it the next time it goes up ??.......What are you, chicken ?? πŸ”πŸ”πŸ—πŸ— Don't use "I got kids" as a excuse not to. I have 3. 🚒🚒🚒🚟🚟🚟πŸ›₯πŸ›₯πŸ›₯
  • Very cool free attraction to check out while in town. Look up the Duluth Shipping news so you can see when the ore boats are coming though. Parking in the area is limited in the summer. Fun to walk down and around the area.
  • So much fun to watch the ships come in...or leave. Traffic gets backed up, so be patient. Most people will get out of the vehicle and watch as they’re waiting.
  • I really like coming down here to the canal when I am in Duluth I can spend the whole day here and watch the ships come in and out. They have a great Maritime Museum and they have a couple little food carts that go up and down and sell their Wares. There is a few gift shops along the way here it is definitely a great place to stop.
  • Staying at the Pier Hotel, awaiting my call from front desk that ship is coming anytime now! This place is magical and you can walk everywhere, I am in love with this area!
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