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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 #23 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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Thunder Bay, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This place was wonderful and my kids had a complete blast. Wonderful experience and tons to see but not so much that my 3 year old was overwhelmed. Fantastic visit and we will go again!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Visited family in Duluth. It's been 10 years since we went to the aquarium. I don't think anything has changed except now they charge $5 to park. Rather boring & small. The fish looked like they were handled too much. That was disappointing to see. The only cool thing is the hands on display of how the great lakes system... More

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Duluth
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Unless you love fish and lake life, this place is beyond boring. Whenever I go somewhere fun, I plan on being there all day. Here, I was out within an hour. This place just sucks. I don't recommend this place.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

For Duluthians with children, getting a membership to the Great Lakes Aquarium is a no-brainer. Here's why: -Duluth can be covered in snow 8 months out of the year. Indoor locations to take young children aren't exactly plentiful. -Parking at the aquarium costs $5 each time. On Saturdays during the summer, this gives you prime parking when everyone else going... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

There is plenty to see as an adult who loves water and it's inhabitants but I could watch the little aquarium with sea horses for 15 minutes. There is also a large tank with cold water fish in it. It's not a super flashy salt water aquarium... it's a nice museum that gives a lot of information about north lake... More

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Chassell, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We have visited here 3 times in the past 7 years. A few things have changed - we loved the sea horse exhibit and now they have only one tank. Also there was a touch tank for sting rays and that is now gone. But you can still touch the sturgeon. We love the large tank full of local fresh... More

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

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
16 helpful votes 16 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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