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Address: 353 Harbor Drive, I-35, exit 256B, Duluth, MN 55802
Phone Number: 218 740 3474
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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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Nice Aquarium; Great on a rainy day

The aquarium has a variety of high-quality exhibits which allow you to get up close to the fish and other wildlife native to the region. There are a variety of interactive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Minnesota
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Minnesota
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The aquarium has a variety of high-quality exhibits which allow you to get up close to the fish and other wildlife native to the region. There are a variety of interactive exhibits. There are opportunities to watch feeding events narrated by staff. There is a large gift shop, and the huge water wall that greets you as you enter the... More 

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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was able to go on a group tour of this facility and wow, how cool it is to learn what goes on behind the scenes! The seahorse exhibit is fantastic........this is such a place of wonder and excitement........worth the bucks.

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Thank brenda d
Minnesota City, Minnesota
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Heard some "not so good things" about this. Spouse and I went there 2nd week in January - it was pretty empty which was not a bad thing. Free parking and with a military discount was $12.50 to get in. Spent about 4 hours there which was not bad considering we did not have to wait in any lines. I... More 

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Thank Bill C
Duluth, Minnesota
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61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really nice place to spend a couple of hours. My daughter loves it, so we go quite often. Make sure to check the feeding schedules when you get there. Those are quite interesting.

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Thank bobbersdown
Gonvick, Minnesota
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our kids here for a family trip and it was really nice, they had quite a few things to look at and our kids really enjoyed it. they had planes flying outside that the kids were able to watch from a balcony. great time.

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Thank Brandi K
Stillwater, Minnesota
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110 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There's lots of fishy info here so if you have time and take a trip through, it's worth it and even the kids will like it! Enjoy!

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Thank LutheRealtor
Rush City, Minnesota
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We return to the Great Lakes Aquarium every time we visit Duluth. It is a great place for children of all ages.

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Thank Danna C
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

My family loved this place. There were so many hands on activities and things to see that everyone had a good time. It took us about two hours to get through the entire aquarium and we would definitely go back if we got up there again.

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Thank Jennaflom
Sioux Center, Iowa
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is not an aquarium that includes saltwater/ocean fish. It is all about the lakes area ecosystem, but is very interesting. Plenty of hands-on things for the kids and more in-depth information to hold the adult's attention too. Also includes information about shipwrecks in the lakes.

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Thank 764em
Hudson, WI
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42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

I resisted visiting the GLA because I do not support keeping animals in small enclosures. Yet, I love visiting Duluth, so my husband and I decided to see for ourselves. First, this aquarium is geared toward children, for the most part, but if you want to learn more in-depth details about any particular exhibit, the information is often spread out... More 

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