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“Not what we expected” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Great Lakes Aquarium

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
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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.
Adrian, Minnesota
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“Not what we expected”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We were very disappointed when we were in the Aquarium. Some of the tanks were hard to see into. Glass on the outside was dusty, inside some were fogged over. Not impressed at all. It might be ok if you have little kids. They did have some interactive stuff for children to play with. For the price we paid after a AAA discount, it was still over priced. There was nowhere to get a light lunch or anything to eat either.

Visited June 2013
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“Small...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

It's small, kind of expensive ($16.50 for an adult), and not really an aquarium you might be used to in other cities. It has exhibits related to the history of Lake Superior. So if you're interested in learning about the fish that inhabit the area this is a must see. Also, no reciprocal memberships with other cities.

Visited June 2013
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Lindstrom, Minnesota
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“Family time at the aquarium”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The kids and adults all found it very informative and some on hands things for the kids. Very educational.

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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“Change the name!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

This is not an aquarium! There is water & there are fish, but it is not an aquarium. Do not go here thinking that it is, you will be disappointed. However, if you go with the idea that this is a Lake Superior Water Experience, or maybe the Water Museum, (???), you'll love it. It truly is an amazing place! The exhibit starts out talking about how the area was once covered with molten lava, why there are no dinosaur fossils in MN, how glaciers carved the landscape, then you get into the animals; lake, stream, wet land, river animals including fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles & otters. There is a display on the Great Lake ships & navigation...the kids can pretend to drive a boat. Huge display of the great lakes where kids can navigate toy boats through the great lakes demonstrating how the locks works, eventually leading to the atlantic ocean. There's a hands-on display on the water cycle (evaporation, condensation, precipitation) that feeds a river, leading to the great lakes where the toy ships are. A large area dedicated to beautiful photos of the lakes; conservation efforts of large lakes around the world & what we can learn from them; marine animals (including coral!!!) dedicated to camoflage; pollution & conservation games, etc. See what I mean??? It's not an aquarium...but well worth your time to visit. After 2 hrs, we had to drag my 8 & 6 yr olds out of there...they loved it...so did we for that matter.

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Apex, North Carolina
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“Good interpretive exhibits, pretty interesting!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

It was nice to see the freshwater species which are native to the Great Lakes, and good interpretive exhibits on both the ecosystems and the history of the Lakes. There were good exhibits for kids downstairs, which were more interactive and had some terrestrial and non-freshwater species too. I enjoyed the small aviary as well. I've heard that it's considered pretty expensive, but I visited after hours for a conference welcoming, so didn't have that issue, but overall I would recommend it.

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