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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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Educational but small.

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

A great place to visit the different types of fish are great parking is easy staff is friendly and it's a great way to teach the kids difference in specific types of fish and it's priced reasonable.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I grew up within a mile of the big lake they call Gitchee Gumee. Most of my life I took for granted what a beautiful and amazing attraction this lake and its environs are. Then came the Great Lakes Aquarium. What a fantastic experience my entire family had at this aquarium. It enlightened me to the wonders that were so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I'm a mom of two energetic boys,when they were younger we had a family membership and spent many many wintry after school days enjoying our wonderful and fortunate tributes to our Great Lake.Their staff and hands on classroom settings are bounding with knowledgeable fun energetic individuals! My boys had their birthday parties with themes of rainbow fish and of coarse... More 

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Minnesota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Not that much in there to see. We are local and would never have gone if it was t free. It's costly for what is there. If you have your kids its ok for something to do.

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Minnetonka
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

My kids, 11 and 4, both had a great time at the aqaurium, but it didn't make their top-3 list after our long weekend in Duluth. I think we spent about 2.5 hours there, so if you consider the entrance price, I'm not sure it was entirely worth it. Their favorite attraction was the toy boats with locks in the... More 

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