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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 #23 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

I really would like to see such an attraction make it. The GLA has potential, but fails on every level to meet expectations. First, upon arrival, you are asked to pay $5 to use their lot. This is completely unexpected in a town like Duluth. It is just one more way they can get a bit more money out of... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

This is our second visit to the Aquarium. We wanted to take our 5 year old daughter who enjoyed some of the exhibits like the water table, Master of disguises and feeding the fish. The otters were sleeping during our visit so we didn't see them. Not sure if we will go back for a couple of years, it is... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011 via mobile

It was a fun way to see fish and a few other animals you will see in the north and lakes in the USA. It took about an hour and 15 minute to get through it. My wife and I thought it was much smaller than it looked. It's clean an not overly busy during the week. The $5 parking... More

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Mpls MN
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

This is not a place for just adults. It was pretty boring close to being lame. So if you have kids and need time to kill this may be your place. Just hope you don't have too much time to kill you may run short .

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

You had to pay for parking, entrance wasn't completely outrageous but a little pricey for the time we spent there. There are some nice displays, it's geared more towards young children, I'd say under 11. I was disappointed that there weren't more fish on display being and aquarium and all. The tanks seemed dirty and hard to see into. Many... More

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Duluth, MN
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52 reviews 52 reviews
3 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Great Lakes Aquarium is actually pretty fun. We all have to be honest with our expectations, after all it IS a fresh water aquarium. Fresh water fresh are much less exciting than those of salt water. That being said, you can certainly learn a lot about the area, even as an adult. There are tons of interactive exhibits for the... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2010

We visited this aquarium when we were traveling to Duluth when it was cold/windy out. The cost was high, $4 to park, then $14.50 to get in. There really wasn't much to see, other than regular fish swimming in large tanks. The best part was the bald eagle and the otters. It was ok for a one time visit, but... More

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MN
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

There are some neat things to see here, but not worth the $14.50 admission price for adults ($8.50 for kids 3 and up). You also have to pay $4 to park.

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Mankato, Minnesota
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2010

There was a family of 4 of us that went to this attraction...They make it out to be more than it is. Its pretty neat when you first enter and see the otter tank...But thats about the neatest thing there. The rest is just a bunch of aquariums with regular old fish swimming around...It literally takes about 10-15 minutes to... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2010

We stopped at the aquarium in July 2010 because we had an hour to kill before we could check into our hotel and it was a rainy day. It is a neat building on the water and they have an awesome wall of water when you enter the lobby. There are two levels, with a number of exhibits. We have... More

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