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The Big Ticket Adventure Pass: Minneapolis - Bloomington - St Paul - Mall of America Attractions
"Once you purchase the pass a representative from the Bloomington CVB will follow up with an email with directions on how to obtain your mobile pass using a promo code on their website. Once you exchange the promo code for your passes an email and text will be sent to you immediately. The pass holder simply needs to present their e-ticket (displayed on their phone) to the attractions attendant or if the ticket was printed out show your print at home ticket to the attraction attendant. Once your attraction pass has been acknowledged at the first attraction you will have three days (NOTE: three days does not necessarily mean 72 hours) including that day to visit the six attractions. Each attraction can only be visited once within the three days."""
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Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Minneapolis
"Meet your driver-guide at your selected departure time and get comfortable aboard your elegant horse-drawn carriage. Leaving Nicollet Island you’ll cross the Merriam Street Bridge over the Mississippi River into downtown Minneapolis. Relax to the rhythm of horses’ hooves clomping along the cobblestones of Main Street and soak up the nostalgia of a slower era where period lighting fixtures and charming restaurants add to the old-world ambiance. Your carriage driver will customize the 1-hour narrated tour to fit your needs from full commentary to simply pointing out the highlights or leaving you to a romantic ride with a special someone. Pass by cultural and historical landmarks including St. Anthony Falls Mill City Museum Guthrie Theater and the Federal Reserve Bank. You’ll see the Minneapolis skyline travel through the Warehouse District
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Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Minneapolis
"Meet your driver-guide at your selected departure time and get comfortable aboard your elegant horse-drawn carriage. Leaving Nicollet Island you’ll cross the Merriam Street Bridge over the Mississippi River into downtown Minneapolis. Relax to the rhythm of horses’ hooves clomping along the cobblestones of Main Street and soak up the nostalgia of a slower era where period lighting fixtures and charming restaurants add to the old-world ambiance. Your carriage driver will customize the 1-hour narrated tour to fit your needs from full commentary to simply pointing out the highlights or leaving you to a romantic ride with a special someone. Pass by cultural and historical landmarks including St. Anthony Falls Mill City Museum Guthrie Theater and the Federal Reserve Bank. You’ll see the Minneapolis skyline travel through the Warehouse District
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Ariel Lift Bridge & Marine Museum

When visiting Duluth for the first time (or the second, or the third..), visiting the Ariel Lift Bridge and the Marine Museum is a must! The lift bridge was the third attempt to connect the city to a penninsula in Lake Superior called Canal Park. This narrow canal is a key to great lakes shipping and it was imperitave that two things needed to happen. People needed to get back and forth from their homes to the mainland and ships needed to pass through the canal. Because of the narrowness of the canal, a normal bridge wouldn't do, so the lift bridge was created. It's a beautiful bridge that believe it or not, Richard I. Bong, a WWII pilot flew his plane under the bridge!

When visiting the bridge, be sure to visit it's next door neighbor, the Marine Museum. Canal Park's Marine Museum draws more visitors than any other museum on Lake Superior. You will find film shows, model ships and exhibits featuring the commercial shipping of Lake Superior and the Duluth-Superior Harbor. At Canal Park you are within yards of giant lake carriers and foreign ships as they pass under the world-famous Aerial Lift Bridge. While you are there, sit back and enjoy the numerous gulls, and walk along the canal's piers to its lighthouses. New exhibits on lighthouses and Lewis & Clark Bicentennial open with assistance from Lake Superior Marine Museum Association. Open year-round. No admission. Programs always free. Groups must register in advance. It's the boatwatchers paradise. Come and enjoy it. Spring (mid March-May): 10am-4:30pm daily, Friday & Saturday closing at 6pm; Summer (June-September: 10am-9pm daily; Fall: (October thru mid-December): 10am-4:30pm; Winter (mid-December thru mid-March): 10am-4:30 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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skib
Apr 04, 2011

Great Lakes' Largest Ship at Aireal Lift bridge

If you are lucky you can see the largest Great Lakes ships. The largest are the three "1000 foot class ships" and the largest of these is the Paul R. Tregurtha at 1,013.6 Feet long. These photos were taken Sept. 22, 2009.
One can call the Boatwatchers Hotline, 24 hours a day at (218) 722-6489 by Duluth Shipping News. The Paul R. Tregurtha is a self unloading coal ship for Midwest Energy making, in season, round trips to Michigan. It is really impressive to see her go through the channel at the Lift Bridge. See www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/prtrgrth.htm

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charlesracine
Oct 14, 2009

Canal Park

Canal Park is a focal point of the unique things that Duluth has to offer. With the recent development (since I left town over 20 years ago), of hotels, restaurants and shops, the area is a good place to spend time. Of course, there is the museum, bridge, lighthouse, and ship canal all located here, but there are also memorials and ships anchors scattered around the grounds.

On a warm day, it is a pleasant are relax and watch people and boats.

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Toughluck
Jul 24, 2009

Aerial Lift Bridge

The Aerial Lift Bridge is a great opportunity to drive across and to wander around piece of a cities infrastructure. Most bridges, you get to see by driving over it. This one, you can take a boat ride (see Vista Tour tip) under, walk-on, drive across, and stand beneath. You'll hear it, you'll feel it and of course, you'll see it (from afar and up close and personal).

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Jul 24, 2009
 
 
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Canal Park - Maritime Museum

The Corp of Engineers runs the Maritine Museum at Canal Park. Here, you'll find ship models, a full size ships bridge, numerous plaques and parts of old ships and a full size ships engine. On a blustery summer day, you'll find shelter from the wind and cold and still have a fine view of Lake Superior and the Duluth Canal.

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Toughluck
Jul 24, 2009

Ships in the canal & the Port of Duluth

The Port of Duluth-Superior is one of the largest inland seaports in the world. This natural harbor covers parts of both Minnesota and Wisconsin and the coastline is filled with grain elevators, coal docks, and large cargo facilities. 1,100 ships dock in the port each year, hauling some 45 million tons of cargo. The most common cargo in this port is ore (40%), coal (40%), and grain (10%). This is the busiest port in the Great Lakes and the 16th busiest port in the US.

When we walked out to the bridge, it started to rise. We walked sown along the edge of the canal, and watched a large ship approach in the distance, silhouetted by the moon. When the ship arrived we saw it was the Philip R. Clarke a 1950s vessel built by the Pittsburgh Steamship Company, and named after a former member of the US Steel Corporation board of directors.

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Ewingjr98
Nov 04, 2008

Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge

Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge was originally built in 1905 and is one of the key attractions in Canal Park. The original bridge was called a transporter bridge, and it had a gondola that ferried people and goods across the span. It was one of just two transporter bridges ever built in the US.

In 1929 the original bridge was altered and extended to the current configuration. The bridge connects Park Point, to the downtown Duluth. It can rise to the top in about a minute, and is raised about 25 times daily. The bridge is 227 feet high and 386 feet long.

Next to the bridge is an Army Corps of Engineers' maritime museum.

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Ewingjr98
Nov 04, 2008

Canal Park

I lived in Duluth for 18 years... and I must say I enjoy Canal park as mus as (or more than) the tourists do. If you go here, explore the shopping down there but be careful for overpriced knicknacks and arts and crafts. Also, go sit by the Lift Bridge and watch cars and boats go by. My friend and I used to sit at the base of there bridge, in front of the safety arms and watch people go by.

Also, you can catch a ferry and go see some Lake Superior or go to Playfront is you have kids. Playfront is a big, old wooden playground. I don't recommend the aquarium. It is costly and full of trout and bass and other things i see at the grocery store. But I must admit, the kids really liked it.

Canal Park is cheap if you just walk around, go on the lakewalk and watch the lake. Fun stuff.

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Mar 01, 2007
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Canal Park

Canal Park is the place that many tourists end up in Duluth. It's the area down by the Lift Bridge, the Omnimax Theatre, the Great Lakes Aquarium and the SS William A Irving. You'll also find a number of restaurants and shops that are enough to occupy a full day.

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acemj
Jun 01, 2005

The Lift Bridge

The lift bridge dawns the Duluth/Lake Superior waterscape so it's impossible to miss it but if you can see it rise to let a boat through, it is really a sight.

On this trip to Duluth, I drove across the lift bridge for the first time in my life. It takes you across the canal to another part of Duluth where there are homes and boat launchings, ect.

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gregoryr1m
Aug 28, 2004

Duluth Shipping News

Duluth has the busiest harbor of any city on the Great Lakes.

(What? You don't believe me? Look it up in the World Almanac.)

When it "lifts", this bridge witnesses the passage not only of Great Lakes freighters, but also ocean-going vessels. Read about who is coming into and who is going out of the harbor in the "Duluth Shipping News," a free daily publication that is distributed near the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Canal Park.

On the day that I was there, one ship was entering the harbor carrying limestone, while others were in the process of leaving the harbor with cargos of grain, coal, iron ore, and beet pulp.

Yes, beet pulp. It was being picked up by a Dutch Cargo vessel for shipment to Europe, where it is used for animal feed.

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yooperprof
Jul 10, 2004

The Aerial Lift Bridge

Duluth's most photographed landmark. The Lift Bridge links the mainland to seven-mile long "Park Point," the world's largest freshwater spit.

How appropriate that the world's largest freshwater spit be on the world's largest body of freshwater! (Largest by surface area - Lake Baikal actually contains more water because it is so bizarrely deep.)

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Jul 09, 2004

Things to Do Near Aerial Lift Bridge

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Park Point Marina Inn

Park Point Marina Inn is a very comfortable, clean place to stay. They have a good breakfast included and a free shuttle to and from Canal Park that runs every hour on the hour. But on a nice day...
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