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Address: 353 Harbor Dr, I-35, exit 256B, Duluth, MN 55802-2639
Phone Number: 218 740 3474
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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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Good rainy day activity

It rained one of the days we visited so we headed to the aquarium. The kids (ages 9 and 11) enjoyed it for awhile but got bored rather quickly. There are not a lot of hands-on... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Janis N
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Danville, Iowa, United States
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Fargo, North Dakota
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I liked the interactive parts like petting the sturgeon. The otters are super cute, but the otter "show" is more of a lecture. Still interesting though. Parking was a little confusing because they were hosting a wedding.

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Danville, Iowa, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It rained one of the days we visited so we headed to the aquarium. The kids (ages 9 and 11) enjoyed it for awhile but got bored rather quickly. There are not a lot of hands-on type activities and a lot of reading. We did see the otters be fed. They were cute. My daughter also got to touch a... More 

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Thank Janis N
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

From children to older adults this aquarium is absolutely awesome! The fish are so huge! We managed to catch the divers cleaning the tanks, and found out they only do that on Tuesdays! Tons of interactive stuff and lots to learn!

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Thank Kirsten M
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky to go here when the Tall Ships were in port and could watch the parade of ships at the windows in the harbor side. Learned a lot and could take our time looking around. Only negative is air conditioning was not too good on the 2nd floor. Definitely would go again.

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Thank Ann C
Douglas, Nd
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the huge aquariums full of fish and the stories about great lakes shipwrecks but there seemed to be a lot of the same things here, I was hoping for a better cross section of the fish that are in the great lakes but I didn't find a good display of them. We walked into the bird enclosure only... More 

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Thank ndgrandma2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a nice time here with our older kids. We loved the new exhibit with the sturgeon fish that we could touch. We found it to be fun and informative.

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Thank tlloveshim
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We seem to visit every aquarium we find and this was a nice little surprise in Duluth. It does a good job of bringing local fish and animals to life. Only needed about 1.5-2 hours to adequately see every thing. Not the best ever but enjoyable.

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Thank Amanda Y
Menasha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Come on down and learn about the Lake Superior waterways in the Duluth area. It is amazing how this area has transformed into what it is today! The many displays are awesome and the aquarium is great!

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Thank Jim H
Elk Mound, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If it wasn't for the discounted tickets from our hotel we wouldn't of gone. It is a nice size aquarium, but I don't know I'd call it that.. There is lots of history and information to read while walking around. But we felt they were lacking fish for it being an aquarium. My husbands favorite park was the look out... More 

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Thank SammieDeka
East Grand Forks, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is very educational of the area and that part was interesting. I went with just my husband and found myself wishing our grandchildren were with as there are so many interactive things for kids. I probably wouldn't have gone without children if I had known it was more like a children's museum than an aquarium. The staff wasn't... More 

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