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Great Lakes Aquarium

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Address: 353 Harbor Drive, I-35, exit 256B, Duluth, MN 55802
Phone Number: 218 740 3474
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Description: The only aquarium in the U.S. that focuses on freshwater exhibits, this...
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.
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Good place to visit, but expensive

Took my 6 and 10 y.o. to the aquarium this past weekend. Took us about 2 hours to go through. Found a few aquariums closed, and the one thing my kids wanted to do was touch the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
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St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Took my 6 and 10 y.o. to the aquarium this past weekend. Took us about 2 hours to go through. Found a few aquariums closed, and the one thing my kids wanted to do was touch the sturgeon which wasn't available as she was resting. I really wanted to see the otters, but they were no where to be found.... More 

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Albertville, Minnesota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My son loved seeing the fish and couldn't believe how big some of them were. The aquarium held his attention for quite awhile.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Very good place to go with children. Been there many times. Never gets too old. They have an excellent gift shop. Good place for school field trips.

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Peru, Illinois
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70 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We spent a whole day in Duluth and stopped here first. Nice little aquarium with fish mainly from the great lakes region though there are some from other areas. The shipwreck exhibit was the highlight for me and they had rays and sharks! Good for the kids as they have a interactive model of the St. Lawrence Seaway. There is... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Although pricey, this was a great place to take our six- and almost two-year old granddaughters on a cold winter day. Lots of room for the little one to work off her energy. Although the otter barely showed himself, they loved the rock slide in front of the exhibit and the beaver dam. The interactive St. Lawrence seaway system was... More 

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West Salem, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We visited with our four teens, and although the admission was pretty steep, they all had a good time. We arrived in the early afternoon, and were able to watch sharks being fed, and caught the otters at their active time. Kids spent a lot of time taking selfies with the otters! We travel back and forth along the Great... More 

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Centuria, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

$20.00 to get in and the place is lame and really dirty, we would never recommend this place to anyone.

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I am one who enjoys all types of museums and other "educational" attractions. This one was one of the worst I have been to. The information inside was so-so at best. When you add in the fact that they charged $16.50 per adult, it is not even worthy of one star. If they charged $5 per person I would still... More 

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Grand Forks, ND
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fun stop especially for kids, has a little historic and geologic interpretive stations along with a lot of living and inanimate wildlife. Tickets are a little steep but since we probably won't be back in Duluth for a while, it seemed worth it.

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Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

It ended up raining a number of the days we were in Duluth for vacation, so we had to resort to indoor experiences with the kids. This place was okay. I was bummed that it wasn't truly an aquarium in my opinion. I guess I was thinking more of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. To me, it was more like... More 

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