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Address: 353 Harbor Drive, I-35, exit 256B, Duluth, MN 55802
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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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Nice Exhibit

There is a cost for parking, $5.00. And a cost to get in. $11.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. Not sure what age they start charging. My children, 8 & 4 yrs old really... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 6, 2015
Erie, Illinois
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Erie, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2015

There is a cost for parking, $5.00. And a cost to get in. $11.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. Not sure what age they start charging. My children, 8 & 4 yrs old really enjoyed the exhibit. As I did also :) It sits right next to Lake Superior. We left our car parked in the lot, and walked... More 

Thank NLukehart
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2015

Sadly underwhelmed. I guess we expected a lot more but what they had was good. The location and parking was excellent. Watch what time of day you go as many schools use this as an outing.

Thank wanderingsoul2009
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2015

A threat of bad weather encouraged us to go, but we were glad we did. Although there is a lot of exhibits and information geared for children, adults aren't talked down to. There were several families around us and it was fun watching the kids learn and explore. Too bad there isn't a café in the facility, but there are... More 

Thank J-9inIA
Champlin, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

We visited the aquarium with two teen girls and their younger brother. Our mini man was very involved and entertained with almost the whole visit. The older children had a good time but were quickly done and bored. I rate as a average attraction for the money.

Thank Chris G
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

It cost us $44 plus $5 for parking. We did not get to see the otters for some reason; they just weren't in their exhibit. There weren't any sturgeon in the little exhibit to touch. Not enough things to keep our almost three year old interested except the tiny hot room with the slide.

2 Thank sksjvk
Little Rock, Arkansas
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2015

Lots of super cool things for the younger kids to do. They have great big exhibits for the kids to check out. From the otters to the gigantic fish tank - there will be plenty for the kiddos to do for a few hours! The downside to this aquarium is that the fees are quite expensive.

Thank Jessica B
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

We have been to other "regional aquariums" they held much more. Some of the hands on activities were broken, and just over all a ho hum experience, won't be going again.

Thank Brenda A
Brookings, South Dakota
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32 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2015

If you live in the midwest, you have probably seen all the fish they have here. They did have otters that were swimming and playing around, but all in all, save your time and money - we all felt disappointed. Nothing special here.

Thank kruse_jeannie
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

A nice aquarium that focuses on the freshwater Great Lakes. Three pillar aquariums showcasing fish of the Great Lakes with a daily show at 1100 with divers target feeding fish and interacting with kids (playing rock/paper/scissors). Love watching the otters frolic in their river setting. Nice historical and educational displays about the lakes and a shipwreck exhibit. Hands on things... More 

1 Thank Kimberly E
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

The aquarium is on the small side and we spent about an hour and a half there. It cost about $55 for my family of 5. While there were quite a bit of interactive stations, the overall feel was quite underwhelming. My 7 year old loved it though.

Thank Wanderlust1980ish

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