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Aerial Lift Bridge

Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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Who doesn't like the bridge!

I was here 20 years ago and got to show my for young children a large ship passing under the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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If you are able to see this during the shipping months and are able to see a ship pass underneath... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Matthew D
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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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” (90 reviews)
“lift bridge” (212 reviews)
“big ships” (51 reviews)
Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN
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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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are able to see this during the shipping months and are able to see a ship pass underneath, it is an awesome site!

Thank Matthew D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Watching the bridge lift and see a 1000' foot freighter pass by you is just cool. I'd never get tired of seeing that.

Thank jasjewd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a bridge but it is interesting for littler kids and some adults when you see it lift up so that boats can go underneath it!

Thank Markki L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were relaxing on the rooftop patio of Grandma's Saloon when we got to experience this bridge in action. Lights and an alarm halted motor vehicles on both sides of bridge before it started to rise. The approaching ship signaled to announce a greeting and...More

Thank lorir420
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's impressive to see the bridge lift when a large ship goes through. Very loud horn!!!Check the schedule to see what ships will pass through. It's located in the Army Corps of Engineers building beside the bridge.

Thank tobascocat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Watch the boats come in and out of the harbor. Walk along the concrete canal. Enjoy the fresh air and the quiet beauty of Duluth in the late Spring! This is a great spot just to relax. Better yet, stay at the South Pier Inn...More

Thank Jeff S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So many photos of Duluth include this bridge. Have lunch or dinner on the deck of Grandma's downtown and watch the ships come and go. You will be about 500 feet from the bridge.

Thank Robin L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When tall-ish boats come into Duluth from Lake Superior, the lift bridge is raised quite high until they have safely passed through, when the bridge is lowered back down to allow vehicles & pedestrians to pass. Just one of the great experiences in Duluth's Canal...More

Thank GCP80130
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The raising of the bridge to allow cargo freighters through is neat to see...once. After that it's kind of boring.

Thank timamy1221
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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