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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 #26 of 39 Attractions in Duluth
Type: Natural History Museums, Specialty Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
Owner description: The only aquarium in the U.S. that focuses on freshwater exhibits, this three-story waterfront...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Specialty Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.

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Otsego, Minnesota, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
32 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
8 helpful votes 8 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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