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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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Last weekend, we took the family to GLA. Overall, I thought it was good (maybe a 3.5 based on Tripadvisor scale). The aquarium is pretty small and can easily be done in an hour... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Last weekend, we took the family to GLA. Overall, I thought it was good (maybe a 3.5 based on Tripadvisor scale). The aquarium is pretty small and can easily be done in an hour and for the price, it did seem like a disappointment. That said, there were definitely some positives: The place was clean and well organized and had... More 

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Hastings, United Kingdom
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It's a shame that this aquarium doesn't live up to its potential. So much great information and cool animals but the whole place was looking run down, there were no staff around at all, and it's pretty expensive for such a let down.

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New Berlin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A must see! Love the 3 story aquarium.lots to see. Kids love it. Lots of history about the great lakes, fish species dies, some other critters, live birds, otters, an eagle.

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Grafton, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Might be great if you never visited any other aquarium before, not much to see or do, nothing special, small, I do not recommend, save your money.

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

If you like fish and sea life, this is the place! Interesting exhibits and many fish tanks to view. It is a worthwhile stop along Lake Superior.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I'm not much of a "fish person" but still enjoyed the visit to the aquarium. There are many fish exhibits (of course), but also other various exhibits about the Great Lakes and its history, info on other animals within northern Minnesota, the ecological impact of industrialization, ship wrecks, etc. And, I did find it interesting to learn about the various... More 

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Tomahawk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

It is more of a museum than an aquarium. All in all not bad. I would have prefered to see abou shipwrecks. A good rainy day activity.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I have lived near the Great Lakes my entire life so perhaps that is why this site was not impressive to me. It was small and only took us about a half hour to walk through. It was cool to see once and if you are in town it is worth taking the little ones to. not impressive to me.

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Hurley, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My brother in law and I took our two boys to the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, MN and it was very nice. It was very expensive but the educational value was very good. I am not sure if we would go back again because of the cost but it is something very awesome to see!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I like Great Lakes Aquarium so much! I liked seeing the otters and going to the Wow of Water Exhibit. What I didn't like there was the beginning. I saw a slide and I was afraid I would burn! Still, a great landmark.

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Additional Information about Great Lakes Aquarium

Address: Address: 353 Harbor Drive, I-35, exit 256B, Duluth, MN 55802
Phone Number: 218 740 3474
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Duluth
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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