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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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A little pricey but still a nice little aquarium

We spent a whole day in Duluth and stopped here first. Nice little aquarium with fish mainly from the great lakes region though there are some from other areas. The shipwreck... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
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Peru, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Very good place to go with children. Been there many times. Never gets too old. They have an excellent gift shop. Good place for school field trips.

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Peru, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We spent a whole day in Duluth and stopped here first. Nice little aquarium with fish mainly from the great lakes region though there are some from other areas. The shipwreck exhibit was the highlight for me and they had rays and sharks! Good for the kids as they have a interactive model of the St. Lawrence Seaway. There is... More 

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Thank John W
Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Although pricey, this was a great place to take our six- and almost two-year old granddaughters on a cold winter day. Lots of room for the little one to work off her energy. Although the otter barely showed himself, they loved the rock slide in front of the exhibit and the beaver dam. The interactive St. Lawrence seaway system was... More 

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West Salem, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

We visited with our four teens, and although the admission was pretty steep, they all had a good time. We arrived in the early afternoon, and were able to watch sharks being fed, and caught the otters at their active time. Kids spent a lot of time taking selfies with the otters! We travel back and forth along the Great... More 

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Centuria, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

$20.00 to get in and the place is lame and really dirty, we would never recommend this place to anyone.

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I am one who enjoys all types of museums and other "educational" attractions. This one was one of the worst I have been to. The information inside was so-so at best. When you add in the fact that they charged $16.50 per adult, it is not even worthy of one star. If they charged $5 per person I would still... More 

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Grand Forks, ND
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fun stop especially for kids, has a little historic and geologic interpretive stations along with a lot of living and inanimate wildlife. Tickets are a little steep but since we probably won't be back in Duluth for a while, it seemed worth it.

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Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

It ended up raining a number of the days we were in Duluth for vacation, so we had to resort to indoor experiences with the kids. This place was okay. I was bummed that it wasn't truly an aquarium in my opinion. I guess I was thinking more of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. To me, it was more like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

My son and I visited this beautiful facility. It has everything to see for all the family.The fish are amazing. The science and history of the Great Lakes basin is something everyone should experience. It takes about 1-2 hours to go thru it but is well worth your time. I highly recommend all families and your children; young and old,... More 

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Ultimately, there just wasn't enough that really grabbed our attention. For an aquarium, I would have expected to see more live animals, water tanks etc. My daughter breezed through the museum. There was nothing terribly memorable here.

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