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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. 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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  • The lift bridge has been around for years. In our office, we have a framed picture set of the bridge over the years, and it fascinates everyone that comes in when they see the transformations. If you'...  more »
  • Canal Park and they Ariel Lift Bridge are Duluth's number one attraction! Food, shopping, and SHIPS from all over the Great Lakes, and the world to see. The bridge itself is amazing to watch and walk ...  more »
  • This is an amazing landmark for Duluth's history. The bridge lifts up for ships and boaters to travel in and out of Lake Superior. Years ago they would allow you to ride up when the ships would come t...  more »
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  • It is a must see when in Duluth. Try to stick around long enough for a ship to come in or out. It is incredible to see a cargo ship pass by that close. Especially when they are coming in empty and riding high in the water.
  • It's a bridge :) But it's pretty cool and you can walk across it. Pretty neat to see it raised and watch the ships go through. If you're trying to cross (food or car) you can get stuck for 20-30 minutes (or more) while it's raised.
  • This Duluth icon is not your average bridge. Nothing quite shares the excitement of watching the bridge raise vertically to allow boats and ships to pass underneath. Then, ships sound their booming horns as a friendly greeting to the bridge operator, to which the bridge operator sounds the bridge's two Westinghouse locomotive horns in reply. The harbor basin allows you to hear the horns echo from the high hills of Duluth. What other bridge shares the privilege of being a gatekeeper between the beauty of Lake Superior, and the global and bustling shipping industry of the Duluth Port?
  • Who doesn't love the lift bridge in Duluth? What's not to love? Right in the middle of the USA we were standing right next to a 1000 foot ship as it glided in through the canal.
  • Duluth's most prominent landmark. Worth visiting if you haven't been there before.