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“Crazy Expenisve for nothing special.”

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.
Big Lake, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
213 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
“Crazy Expenisve for nothing special.”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

If you have nothing else to do and it is raining perhaps you might want to chekc out the great lakes aquarium. For a family of 4 it would cost at least $50 or more depending on age of children. This places takes 60-90 minutes to experience. Ouch. It is cool, but it is not much different than any other zoo/aquarium you have been to or could go to (minus the sturgeon in the large tank, but cabelas has them to see for free elswhere). They overspent developing this place and now customers pay for it. Not worth the money.

Visited July 2013
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Minneapolis, MN
Level 6 Contributor
342 reviews
234 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 327 helpful votes
“Knows its place”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

A lot of aquariums show you fish from all over the world, the stranger or rarer the better. This aquarium does a great job with (mostly) just the fish from the Great Lakes area, naming its display areas after local places like "St. Louis River" and then featuring aquatic life from there. It's not real big; you can see the whole thing in two hours even if you systematically read all of the information posted, but be sure to allow another hour or two if your kids discover the toy boats in the Great Lakes play-pond! The displays are really very well done, and the demonstrations-- fish-feeding, turtle and sturgeon petting-- shouldn't be missed, if they are on when you're there. The schedule is usually posted online.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank snochasr
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Eveleth, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Sums up the aquatic life of Minnesota with a few added extras.”
Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

My entire family enjoyed this trip as this was our first time visiting this aquarium. The staff is very helpful and the exhibits are worth a look at least once. My children 5 and 8 really liked being able to lower the underwater camera into the big tank. Overall if you've never been here and are interested in Minnesota history and fish this is worth the stop.

Visited August 2013
Thank Mark C
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Mannheim, Germany
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Nice when travelling with the family”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We went here with our 2 year old. She was so excited by all the fish and we were there on the day that the volunteer divers were cleaning the tanks which made for a more exciting visit. The exhibit showing the great lakes locks was great for her to do some water play. She could not get enough. Price is a little steep for the size but with a stay at some of the hotels you can get a price break. We stayed at Edgewater and our ticket price was $11 instead of $16.50

Visited August 2013
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Blue Earth, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Improvements making it better!”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

We've been here three times and it seems like they are working towards making it better each time. It's expensive but we usually get discount passes somewhere and then walk from our hotel to save on the cost. You can no longer feed the fish in the big tank, but there was probably good reason for it. Give it a try but don't expect large tanks that you walk through. My 3 1/2 year old LOVES the treehouse area and the water area with the boats.

Visited August 2013
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