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Great Lakes Aquarium

353 Harbor Drive, I-35, exit 256B, Duluth, MN 55802
218 740 3474
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Ranked #24 of 47 attractions in Duluth
Type: Aquariums, Natural History Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: The only aquarium in the U.S. that focuses on freshwater exhibits, this three-story waterfront structure is ready for public viewing after a year and... more » Owner description: The only aquarium in the U.S. that focuses on freshwater exhibits, this three-story waterfront structure is ready for public viewing after a year and a half and almost $34 million. Plenty of interactive exhibits and re-created habitats are fun and educational for children. « less
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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We went to the aquarium as part of a 3-activity coupon. It was our least favorite. It would probably be more enjoyable for people who like fishing. If the otters had made an appearance, we might have enjoyed it more, but for some reason they weren't around. There is a lot of information posted around the aquarium. A fairly large... More

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

For $16.50 a person, I anticipated much more than I saw. First, when we arrived, we were not able to access any of the main first floor exhibits as there was some sort of loud and lengthy program featuring the two river otters taking place. Due to the seating arrangement, it was impossible to look at anything else. Several of... More

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Byron, Michigan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is a good place to spend a couple of hours especially if you don't have anything else to do. We visited on a Friday afternoon and it wasn't crowded we took our time and it was pretty neat. A good amount of fish and a few animals. Easy parking. Is a bit expensive for what it is.

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Find a coupon because it cost $10.50 for a 4 year old to visit and $16.50 for adults. There are some neat things for kids to see and do but it is way over priced for what you get. Really taking your time you could see the entire museum in less than 2 hours/ Parts were broken and areas needed... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I liked this aquarium they had lots of information and some interactive areas. I like that it dealt with the local animals. LAKE SUPERIOR IS COOL TOO. Growing up around lake superior probably makes me biased thou. No its not going to be a Vancouver aquarium, or somewhere on the coast. I think I would call it a visitor centre... More

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Stacy, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

We went when the aquarium was new and we normally love these. On the plus side it does focus on the lake and local species. But you can take your time and be done within 2 hours. Short for the price.

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San Diego
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This is a great place- beyond an excellent aquarium, it is a history of the area both geologic and political, environmental and biological. Thoroughly enjoyed it, despite its kid orientation. Wish it had more local, fish info. But well worth the price and the time to look it over.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Nice little aquarium that focuses on the natural history of the area, fresh water fishes, and various local animal life. It also has a great view of the harbor and aerial lift bridge.

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Northern
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Went to the aquarium with my kids girl scout troop, first impression was that it was a neat building sitting close to the water. Check in went smooth and our group was off on our own tour. Lots of reading and pictures with large water tanks, maybe a bit advanced for younger girls so did not keep their attention very... More

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Waterloo, Iowa
2 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

very nicely done, lots of interactive things for the kids to do. some of the exhibits weren't open, which was a bummer, and it was a tad overpriced, but still had a great time, plus great views of the lake from there.

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