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“An Interesting Attraction”

Great Lakes Aquarium
Ranked #21 of 95 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.
Reviewed October 18, 2013

This is a freshwater aquarium that features animals and habitats found within the Great Lakes Basin. The Aquarium houses turtles, fish, birds and some non-native live exhibits, as well as many other interesting items for viewing.

This is an attraction for all ages, but especially interesting for kids. The kids get especially excited with the opportunity to see the otter exhibit and otter feeding up-close.

The Aquarium is an easy walk from the Canal Park hospitality area..

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We are glad we took the afternoon to explore this wonderful aquarium. First of all, it is not a cheap place to visit; $27.00 for two seniors to visit is a lot of money to spend. I feel also that it was worth every penny we spent. Other Aquariums show ocean marine life; they show marine life in Lake Superior and along its shores. This museum has a very unusual mission and it does it well. It costs money to present it properly. We have been to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago which I consider the best in the United States and this compares favorably with the Shedd. The Great Lakes Aquarium is in Duluth not Chicago; quite a contrast in population. The quality I have seen at the Shedd is present in this Aquarium, and I mean by that world class. We found the gift shop to be small but well stocked. There is a soft drink machine on the 2nd floor but no snack bar. The view of the harbor is wonderful. The Aquarium is easy access from I-35 and within walking distance from Canal Park Hotels and Restaurants. We found the staff knowledgeable.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We wished we'd had more time here. We arrived in town later in the day and only had about an hour to spend here. We thought it was very informative about the Great Lakes and the species that live there. It was more interesting to us, possibly, because we also live near a Great Lake. There was a lot of information about the geology of the area, and I never realized how many species of fish are right here! There was also information about the intruders and invasive fish that are causing harm. My favorite animal is the seahorse, so it's always special to see a seahorse exhibit, and this aquarium had one, with pot-bellied seahorses - so it's not JUST about the Great Lakes. They had some exhibits of other fish, as well. All in all, it was well worth the time and money. We tend to cut places like this a little slack, as they are non-profit and trying to do the best they can with limited funds.

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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.

1  Thank SkolVikings
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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.

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