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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My son and I visited this beautiful facility. It has everything to see for all the family.The fish are amazing. The science and history of the Great Lakes basin is something everyone should experience. It takes about 1-2 hours to go thru it but is well worth your time. I highly recommend all families and your children; young and old,... More

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Ultimately, there just wasn't enough that really grabbed our attention. For an aquarium, I would have expected to see more live animals, water tanks etc. My daughter breezed through the museum. There was nothing terribly memorable here.

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Pierz, Minnesota
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was included in a package that included a boat tour, train ride and the Aquarium. The Aquarium is very interactive. It allows people to touch and see things at are in the great lakes. It also includes a lot of history of the great lakes. You even learn about the dangers to our fresh waters face with parasites. My... More

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Slayton, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We had a great time at this aquarium. There are lots of hands-on, informative exhibits that appeal to both kids and adults. We particularly liked the otter display, the fun "treehouse" for kids, and the pirana-feeding presentation. Watching the scuba divers in the big tank was really entertaining as well. Many things to see, touch, and learn about.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a very cool and informative museum. We parents enjoyed it as much as the kids (and our kids are older).

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Otsego, Minnesota, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Went here as something to do. I wasn't sure who was having more fun my boyfriend or my 3 year old son. It would have been nice to see the otter but he just didn't want to come out and play. They have a great little area for kids to play and also an other area for kids to play... More

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a cool aquarium. Its not something "big" but for the size of Duluth it does have some potential. With lots of opportunity to learn about the history of the great lakes, learning about the invasive species, the new shipwreck exhibit its something to keep you busy for a few hours.

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Generous parking, easy access for any age. This will take you quite a bit of time, so don't rush, enjoy the fun and the education you will get along the way.

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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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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