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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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Sadly underwhelmed. I guess we expected a lot more but what they had was good. The location and parking was excellent. Watch what time of day you go as many schools use this as... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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33 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Sadly underwhelmed. I guess we expected a lot more but what they had was good. The location and parking was excellent. Watch what time of day you go as many schools use this as an outing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A threat of bad weather encouraged us to go, but we were glad we did. Although there is a lot of exhibits and information geared for children, adults aren't talked down to. There were several families around us and it was fun watching the kids learn and explore. Too bad there isn't a café in the facility, but there are... More 

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Champlin, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We visited the aquarium with two teen girls and their younger brother. Our mini man was very involved and entertained with almost the whole visit. The older children had a good time but were quickly done and bored. I rate as a average attraction for the money.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

It cost us $44 plus $5 for parking. We did not get to see the otters for some reason; they just weren't in their exhibit. There weren't any sturgeon in the little exhibit to touch. Not enough things to keep our almost three year old interested except the tiny hot room with the slide.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Lots of super cool things for the younger kids to do. They have great big exhibits for the kids to check out. From the otters to the gigantic fish tank - there will be plenty for the kiddos to do for a few hours! The downside to this aquarium is that the fees are quite expensive.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We have been to other "regional aquariums" they held much more. Some of the hands on activities were broken, and just over all a ho hum experience, won't be going again.

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Brookings, South Dakota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

If you live in the midwest, you have probably seen all the fish they have here. They did have otters that were swimming and playing around, but all in all, save your time and money - we all felt disappointed. Nothing special here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

A nice aquarium that focuses on the freshwater Great Lakes. Three pillar aquariums showcasing fish of the Great Lakes with a daily show at 1100 with divers target feeding fish and interacting with kids (playing rock/paper/scissors). Love watching the otters frolic in their river setting. Nice historical and educational displays about the lakes and a shipwreck exhibit. Hands on things... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The aquarium is on the small side and we spent about an hour and a half there. It cost about $55 for my family of 5. While there were quite a bit of interactive stations, the overall feel was quite underwhelming. My 7 year old loved it though.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Disappointing. I thought this would be a little more exciting based on other reviews I had read. Admission is overpriced for what you see, plus $5 for parking. Anything that was interactive seemed to be missing pieces or was broken. The highlight of our visit was the gift shop.

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Additional Information about Great Lakes Aquarium

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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