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Great Lakes Aquarium

#18 of 94 things to do in Duluth Features Animals
353 Harbor Dr, I-35, exit 256B, Duluth, MN 55802-2639
+1 218-740-3474
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I'm tempted to call PETA....

I resisted visiting the GLA because I do not support keeping animals in small enclosures. Yet, I... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2015
stringsbysarah
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Hudson, WI
Had a good time on a cold and wet day!

It is a bit pricey for what is available, but we really enjoyed ourselves. The staff is friendly... read more

Reviewed December 2, 2015
forever l
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Duluth, Minnesota
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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 educational for children.
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good34%
  • Average23%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible3%
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“great lakes” (77 reviews)
“fresh water” (31 reviews)
“local fish” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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353 Harbor Dr, I-35, exit 256B, Duluth, MN 55802-2639
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+1 218-740-3474
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Reviewed December 11, 2015

I resisted visiting the GLA because I do not support keeping animals in small enclosures. Yet, I love visiting Duluth, so my husband and I decided to see for ourselves. First, this aquarium is geared toward children, for the most part, but if you want...More

2  Thank stringsbysarah
Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

It is a bit pricey for what is available, but we really enjoyed ourselves. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We were lucky enough to be there for 2 presentations and so we learned even more about some of the fish in the lakes and...More

Thank forever l
Reviewed December 2, 2015

The aquarium is run down and always looks dark and dingy inside. They don't have many fish and most of the interactive stuff that they have (boats in water, pretend trees for kids to play in) are very run down. Expensive for a lackluster 45-min...More

1  Thank monklover3
Reviewed November 23, 2015

This is more fresh water Aquarium. but its a great spot for kids to learn the basics and see the local fish with some exotic fish in between. They have birds that they rehab'd which was great to see.

Thank Gina K
Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Interesting to see the fish and displays but a bit high priced and it didn't keep the younger kids 7-9 to interested Neither child didn't stop long at each display

Thank scottg1212
Reviewed November 12, 2015

Some of the information about the Great lakes fish was interesting. For anyone really into trivia about the great lakes this would be a really good stop for. The people working were friendly and nice. Be surento call ahed to find out what time the...More

Thank DebGFtraveler
Reviewed October 22, 2015

This is a really great aquarium. We saw all kinds of fish and wildlife. It is in a beautiful location, and is worth the trip. Having an aquarium in this part of the country is a real treat. The surrounding area is fun as well,...More

Thank bittychicken
Reviewed October 20, 2015

We visited the aquarium when it was really cold outside hoping to fill some time. It was really hard trying to keep 4 kids of varying ages interested. I have 17, 9, 5 and 3 year-old children. We had a power outage after about an...More

Thank TvlMomMN23
Reviewed October 19, 2015

This place is sad. The displays are lackluster at best. Many of which have twist ties holding plastic/faux plants on wood etc. You can actually see the twist ties! Plastic plants? Really? It was a bunch of aquariums housing trout and I wanted to set...More

Thank irishtwins
Reviewed October 19, 2015

My wife and I stopped in here during a visit to Duluth and the Canal Park area. The Aquarium looks very compelling from the outside, but we were underwhelmed by the types of exhibits and the atmosphere of the Aquarium itself. Unfortunately, it was not...More

1  Thank SMFCO
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