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Great Lakes Aquarium

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Sturgeon up close!

It was great to see all the fresh water fish - especially for my son who is working on a History... read more

Reviewed December 5, 2018
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Family fun

When you have a young kid, your vacation itinerary is based on their entertainment. With this in... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2018
West Des Moines, Iowa
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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...more
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353 Harbor Dr, I-35, exit 256B, Duluth, MN 55802-2639
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the aquarium with my boyfriend and we loved it! It doesn't look super big from the outside (especially to someone from Chicago who is used to the Shedd), but there are so many things to do that we still spent several hours there....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Michaela M
Reviewed December 5, 2018

It was great to see all the fresh water fish - especially for my son who is working on a History Day documentary about Lake Superior's commercial fishing industry. And you can actually touch a sturgeon in at this aquarium. None of us were brave...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

When you have a young kid, your vacation itinerary is based on their entertainment. With this in mind, the aquarium is a good spot. The entry fee isn’t too bad and you can spend several hours exploring all the exhibits. The fish tank where you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank michaelr968
Reviewed November 11, 2018

A wealth of information about the great lakes with very interesting displays, including live fish. Plan to spend several hours.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank HemlockHill12
Reviewed November 11, 2018

nice aquarium. alot of local and regional fish but also some tropical fish bird and otters. the birds and otters are rescued animals that could not be returned to the wild. lots of interactive displays. lots of types of jellyfish. it is a smaller aquarium...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mark b
Reviewed November 9, 2018

I have now visited this aquarium twice, and I enjoyed it both times. For a smaller aquarium, it had a surprising number of exhibits, activities for kids, and informational resources to enjoy for an hour or two. It also gives you a feel for Lake...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank erikkawm
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

Cost $60 for family of 4. Very small. Not much going on. Most of the kids activity stations were broken. Our kids are normally impossible to get out of a zoo or aquarium. I don't think we were there more than 30 minutes. Find something...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

This was a nice aquarium, with interesting displays. There are interactive displays for the kids to have hands on experience. However, it was a little pricey for us, $18 for adults.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

Allow about an hour for this venue. Great exhibits and easy access. We would recommend it for seniors and kids alike.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank obus1944
Reviewed October 10, 2018

Having toured and enjoyed aquariums in San Diego and Monterey and Boston and Sydney and I have a pretty high expectation threshold. This is a very nice little aquarium which has a better Lake Superior shipwreck and history experience which I really enjoyed.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Christine G
July 1, 2018|
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Regular adult admission is $17.99. Senior 62+: $14.99. Children 3-12: $11.99. Teens 13-17: $$13.99 and children ages 0-2 are free. All tickets are $1 off when pre-purchased online at our website.