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Gary Aquatorium

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Address: 6918 Oak Ave, Gary, IN 46403
Phone Number: 219-938-1986
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Interesting Lakeside Building

Having lived in this section of Gary (Miller Beach) decades ago, it was interesting to see the restoration work that has been done to the structure. The informative signage... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Gerald R
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Gary, Indiana
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Gary, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having lived in this section of Gary (Miller Beach) decades ago, it was interesting to see the restoration work that has been done to the structure. The informative signage explains much of the history and work done on this historical architectural structure at the south end of Lake Michigan.

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

I was so glad to find this place. Very romantic. You can climb upstairs for the view of the Lake and Chicago. Also upstairs you will find some information boards describing history of the Aquatorium, Miller Dune Beach and about beginning of aviation (which were started in here). Make sure you read all of them as well as have time... More 

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Gary, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

As President and Founder of The Gary Aquatorium Society 25 years ago, this grand $4 million renovated building is now a place of history of flight since in 1896, Octave Chanute flew the very first heavier than air aircraft, on the dunes just 600 feet from the Aquatorium, The Society has committed one full wing that displays an 1896 glider... More 

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2 Thank George R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

I'm speechless. Who would have thought that this Midwestern gem of a city would have south to offer! Historic neighborhoods, an exciting nightlife and our personal favorite, whale watching! We arrived at the aquarium and signed up for the premium tour which included penguin feeding, jellyfish holding, and a whale watching expedition at Lake Michigan. Apparently, freshwater whales enjoy company,... More 

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7 Thank Eric T
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This venue is clean and can handle music, and large gatherings. It has informative displays describing the history of the area along with notable persons and events. Just dont trust the Management to handle permitting or excise paperwork properly, follow up yourself and plan on weeks not days to get alcohol permits. Parking is not free.

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4 Thank Bombero474
Gary, Indiana
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A beautiful outdoor courtyard, and indoor meeting space and right on the beach! Great spot for lunch and plant shopping during the Miller Garden Walk each year.

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2 Thank ScenicTraveller597
Gary, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Marquette Park underwent a lengthy restoration and is just getting back on its feet. The remodeling of the Aquatorium was finished at this time and it is much better that it was. Lake Michigan is a magnificent background for any outings you attend at the Aquatorium.

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3 Thank James R
Southborough
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

An old beach-house right on the dunes of Lake Michigan, this refurbished location was a perfect location for a family wedding. The building has been tastefully refurbished after many years as its prior function. Along with special rooms and open space, this location was very accommodating for a multi-function wedding - ceremony and social occasion following. There was ample parking... More 

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6 Thank Localandloveit
miller Beach Indiana
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

The Aquatorium which was the bath house when Marquette Park was the place to go in the early 1900's. Marquette Park, The Pavillion and the Aquatorium have been recently renovated with a 28M grant. Both are now used and rented for weddings/parties. The park itself with the renovation looks like a Chicago Lake front park. It is safe and secure... More 

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3 Thank sharon644
Valparaiso, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

My fiance and I decided to check out The Aquatorium as the venue for our wedding this summer. We fell in love with it immediately. We're getting married on the second floor, and there's no end in sight with how we can personalize it. It also allows for a gorgeous view of the sunset, and the surrounding beach is clean.... More 

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