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Aerial Lift Bridge

Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Ships entering

An interesting alternative to a drawbridge. Saw a large cargo vessel go through. Loud horns... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Always a good time

Love walking along the boardwalk next to the canal. Fun to watch the bridge go up and down, and see... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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” (96 reviews)
“lift bridge” (216 reviews)
“big ships” (51 reviews)
Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Reviewed yesterday

An interesting alternative to a drawbridge. Saw a large cargo vessel go through. Loud horns signal the bridge's ascent.

Thank nancyA5827BJ
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Love walking along the boardwalk next to the canal. Fun to watch the bridge go up and down, and see ocean vessels up close. Check the boat schedule or stop at the free museum!

Thank Ruby1329
Reviewed 3 days ago

The bridge rises from it's current street level for any vessel taller than the average fishing boat. Fun to watch from the FREE Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. Inside the center they have the schedule of when ships are arriving and departing and all kinds...More

Thank FarFromIowa
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We used to live in Duluth and brought our son back to see the lift bridge. He absolutely loved seeing the ships come in and out. He also enjoyed the free museum of nautical artifacts. Even though he is seven, it all kept his interest...More

Thank pisc0011
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The kids like watching the bridge lift up, was very unique. Plus the boats going through are quite large. Very close to the shore & there's a pier out to the light houses that were fun for the kids to kinda play around on...seemingly very...More

Thank Ricky M
Reviewed 5 days ago

From shipboard the boat signals with horns blasting and the bridge responds with even louder blasts. Crossing the bridge brings you to an amazing little island with beaches and lake activity. You can watch the bridge action from Canal Park.

Thank KathyPLMN
Reviewed 5 days ago

So neat to see this bridge operate up close and to learn the history of it's making at the Maritime Museum.

Thank Mike J
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was very interesting to see the lifting of the bridge to let ships pass. Nice view to take pictures along the bridge or the lighthouse. The visitors center has a free museum with very interesting history.

Thank Sara T
Reviewed 6 days ago

we asked along the Canal Park area and saw the lift bridge work at least two times. It is something from the past that if you don’t live close to larger boat traffic waterways, you can’t appreciate. This bridge must have replaced an older one,...More

Thank DNvisitors
Reviewed 1 week ago

How awesome to see the largest freighter go through. It was a beautiful night. But watch out for those seagulls. Lol

1  Thank Karla B
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4 July 2017|
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Response from Donna0829 | Reviewed this property |
check out a website called Duluthboats. It gives the schedules of Duluth and the surrounding areas. Enjoy!
Jane W
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