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“Is the only issue the cost?”

Great Lakes Aquarium
Ranked #18 of 94 things to do in Duluth
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Owner description: 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.
Level 6 Contributor
1,658 reviews
1,101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,319 helpful votes
“Is the only issue the cost?”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

We are seniors and spend more than the admission price on a bad lunch at times, so no big deal. I do think there should be a family rate that caps the cost because young families are not going to spend 60+ dollars for this Aquarium. We went late in the day because we wanted to see the Aerial Bridge by night as well as the Canal Park area. The exhibits are kid friendly and children will enjoy the touch and feel parts. Adults will not be as excited about the place. It needs an infusion of financial support from some good fund raising so the costs can be lowered. They are high because the place can't make it on its own. Too bad I do not see a bright future for this Aquarium.
The Canal Park is free and has more to appeal to families...go at night it is beautiful.

Visited August 2013
3 Thank James H
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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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300 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Nice visit...good information”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

A lot of interesting information regarding the Great Lakes, wildlife and environmental issues. Pleasantly surprised at the gift shop prices. More than reasonable for some nice merchandise. Suggest stopping by

Visited July 2013
Thank LaurLaw
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Jacksonville, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Very Informative”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

This aquarium crosses a children's museum with a traditional exhibit heavy aquarium. Our kids (2-1/2 to 9 years) all enjoyed it and so did the adults. Obviously, there is something for everyone.

All of us enjoyed the Great Lakes lock system where you can open and close the locks and let toy boats through.

I liked the complete fresh water fish displays. One does not see muskies often.

Visited August 2013
Thank TervurenTrails
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Jackson, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
513 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“VERY expensive in my book”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We only went because it was raining. First they hit you for $5 to park and then $13.50 pp senior! There is a $1 coupon in the tourist coupon book. (I got mine at the Thompson Hill info center but others may have them) Fishermen and kids will enjoy it the most. There is one big, 2 or 3 story (can't remember) tank with all kinds of native fish. The only thing impressive is the size of some of them but pretty, they aren't. My husband did enjoy it more than me but he even said it was not worth the money.

Visited July 2013
Thank Jackie C
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69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Interesting and beautiful location”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is an educational place to go. Very lovely.

Call and get their schedule of events during the day. For instance, they have scuba divers that go into the tanks and feed the fish.

There is water play for the little ones on the ground floor. I recommend to do that last as the kids won't want to leave, Upstairs is a fun tree house with a slide and camping.

No food there except candy and ice cream, so go at a time that does not impact eating schedules.

I would say this is a 2-3 hour experience depending on the age of children, if you have them along.

Otherwise, the exhibits are tailored to adults as well. It is all very well done.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank travellerMinnesota
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