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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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Compared to big city attractions, this aquarium is pretty small. However - for families with kids or babies, this is just the perfect size to fit into a day with meals and naps... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Aquarium is way over priced and way too little fish/animals to look at. I had boys age 8&10 with me that were super bored with it.

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Bloomington, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Compared to big city attractions, this aquarium is pretty small. However - for families with kids or babies, this is just the perfect size to fit into a day with meals and naps. A couple hours, max, to see everything. Lots of fun fish (and love the river otters!)

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Other tha a few special exhibits the aquarium focused on the freshwater ecosystems of the Great Lakes....especially Superior. This is great and very educational. There are plenty of entertaining aspects of these waters which can be shown in a way which captures the imagination. Nicely one!

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hermantown
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

they don't change displays often. workers overstressed., They give u a single-use camera then charge you for the pics!

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Olathe, Kansas
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

With the large sturgeon, the eagle, the otter and the playful sting ray, this is worth the trip. There were several great kids activities, lots of information about the lake, and a good variety of lake and sea creatures. The sea horses and jelly fish were fun to watch, but the sting ray took the cake! It would slide up... More 

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Mobile
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

This attraction is great, my hubby and kids loved it. The educational activities are plentiful and very informative.

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Kansas City, MO
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59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

A decent about of displays and fish. Freshwater fish not as interesting and colorful but more of what you see in that part of the country. Some interactive areas for kids. Was told in advance that the price was high but still decided to go. Do feel was overpriced for what their was. Wasnt a bad trip at all but... More 

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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

This is a fun, child friendly place. There are numerous interesting freshwater tanks. A few animals did need larger enclosures. Recommended.

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Dallas Center, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

There are certainly better aquariums in the world, but the Great Lakes Aquarium is still unique. My wife and I enjoyed the visit there, especially it's emphasis on fresh water fish. We enjoyed the mini movies and the overall facility was very well done. The price is a bit high, which we felt was the only downside to this trip.

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Poplar, Wisconsin, United States
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Fun for toddlers and a little boring:( No the funnest place. But if you are bored it is fun to wonder around.

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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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