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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 #24 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

total waste of money. the only thing good about this place is the tree house. my child was bored to tears. the only thing she liked was the treehouse with the slide. we spend more time in that than in any of the exhibits

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Moose Lake, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

If you like the water, go here. Good place for kids to learn a few things.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

The displays are awesome and our children had a lot of fun here.

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Alexandria, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

We visited the aquarium with our boys (12 & 16) on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Surprisingly, it was not crowded! There is much more to see than just fish. It is all about the history, weather, and environment of the Great Lakes. We were able to see scuba divers feed the fish in the largest tank, which doesn't happen everyday.... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

It has been a strubble to make this economically viable. They are trying really hard. Show them your support. It is very interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011 via mobile

Our kids loved the exhibits. We had a discount ticket which made the price more manageable. If we didn't, would consider the annual membership because if you add in the $5.00 parking fee, this would've worked out better. I agree with other reviewers that a half day is just fine.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

A place that all midwest residents should visit! My family and I learned about all sorts of marine and other aquatic species throughout the midwest. Not only did we experience underwater life, but we learned about the environment of the upper midwest and how weather patterns and other global changes affect the Great Lakes. This is an excellent place to... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

The Great Lakes Aquarium is a fun place to bring young children. They have a great exhibit of fresh water fish including many different tanks to view the fish. You are able to buy food to feed the fish in one exhibit - which is a must for the kids! They also have otters and other birds and reptiles. There... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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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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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