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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. Make your Duluth itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • To see the bridge go up and watch ships go through is very cool. One has to look up the schedule to know when ships are arriving or leaving.  more »
  • I was very impressed with the history and grandeur of this bridge. We walked across it in between half hourly lifts. I loved seeing the 3 lighthouses so close together. We even saw a couple of fellas....  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!

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