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Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth

Must see · 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. Make your Duluth itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • Actually fun to watch, check out the ship schedule so you can see some of the thousand footers. Definitely unique it could be up almost a full hour as a big ship passes.  more »
  • I stayed in a hotel near the aerial lift bridge. It is a unique structure that is interesting to watch when it rises for passing ships. We had to plan our travel from the hotel to local attractions....  more »
  • Well worth your time to hang out in this area until you see the bridge in action! You will definitely hear the warnings that the bridge is ready to go up...  more »
  • Absolutely loved it! We got to see a gigantic ore boat go through the canal, which means the bridge lifted to its highest position and then back down. Awesome! Great little shops in the area, great food locations, parking, and a museum. But be aware that while did are allowed in the are outside, they are often prohibited from going inside the museum and some shops. Highly recommend this place though!
  • This is an awesome attraction with zero cost! I would highly recommend you going to Harbor Watch on your cell phone to get updates of days and times that the ships come through this harbor!! This will allow you to plan your other activities around these times! There is also a narrative going on closer to the maritime center(closer to the aerial lift bridge) which provides you with a ton of information about each of the boats coming through! Therefore I would strongly recommend you standing on the walking path closer to the bridge so that you are able to hear this very informative narrative over the loud speakers!
  • The Arial Lift Bridge of the Duluth Harbor is an amazing sight! I've seen the biggest ships come through that harbor and it's amazing. Hang out in Canal Park, check out the ship arrival times, and wander the Museum and learn about the biggest great lake before watching a ship come through! Listen for the warning speaker and the horn and you will be glad you were able to see this magnificent bridge come to life!!
  • Amazing structure, it's really neat to see the bridge actually lift for boats. Lots of photo opportunities if I do say so myself. The surrounding area is filled with dining and shipping options, as well as historical and educational attractions. Parking can be a bit iffy but it wasn't as difficult as I thought for a Friday evening or a Saturday afternoon in July/August.
  • I love the Aerial Lift Bridge. It is really so pretty around there. It's really fun to go walk over the bridge, sometimes watch ships go by under it. It's also fun to walk around by the lighthouse out there and see the waves on a windy day.

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