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Aerial Lift Bridge

Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Great to watch

It's always fun to watch the ships come and go. If you're caught going over the bridge at the time... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dale T
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Bridge lovers will love this bride.

While we were there we got to see the bridge in operation many times. Easy to watch and plenty of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Elaine M
Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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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” (89 reviews)
“lift bridge” (211 reviews)
“big ships” (51 reviews)
Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It's always fun to watch the ships come and go. If you're caught going over the bridge at the time you may wait awhile.

Thank Dale T
Reviewed 5 days ago

While we were there we got to see the bridge in operation many times. Easy to watch and plenty of walking trails in the area. Also a nice local free museum.

Thank Elaine M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there for the marathon week and this was one the first place to visit. Beautiful, amazing work by the Corp of Engineers. Great place to walk w/o rush and see ships passing by.

Thank Ausubo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were walking from hotel to downtown park area and had to stop for the bridge to lift. Beautiful day and it was gorgeous to see it in action. It is so pretty at night also.

Thank Beryl S
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 ...stop...watch a ships pass through and then the entire...More

Thank cubbieblue2013
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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!!!

Thank Toni S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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.

Thank JDD1973
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate to see a Japanese ship come through and talk to one of the contractors that works on the bridge. Amazing structure and worth just sitting there and enjoying all there is to see.

Thank clynekimmie
Reviewed 1 week ago

Imaging sitting and watching ocean freighters come in from Lake Superior to this bride and watch the bridge lift to allow these massive vessels to come into the harbor and then exit all the while you are seeing them so close you could almost touch...More

Thank kandtswenson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was here 20 years ago and got to show my for young children a large ship passing under the bridge! Who can't say that that wasn't a win-win!

Thank kuhn486
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Jane W
We are thinking of watching the bridge from the deck of Grandma's restaurant. Is this a good place to eat and watch the bridge. Do we need reservations for Sept. 5th?
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