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Great Lakes Aquarium

#19 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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Small Children Had Fun

This is a fun little aquarium that focuses more on lake fish than ocean fish. My children (4 & 2... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jennifer K
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Bemidji, Minnesota
via mobile
Just ok.

$5.00 to park along with the price of admission brought my review from 4 to 3. There are nice... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jeremy P
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Mankato, 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” (76 reviews)
“fresh water” (31 reviews)
“local fish” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
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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 5 days ago via mobile

This is a fun little aquarium that focuses more on lake fish than ocean fish. My children (4 & 2) had a good time and didn't get over stimulated due to its size. If you are looking for amazingness and oddities this isn't the spot.

Thank Jennifer K
Reviewed 1 week ago

$5.00 to park along with the price of admission brought my review from 4 to 3. There are nice exhibits and its a fun walk through, but I dont think we will go back and I'd have a hard time recommending it over some of...More

Thank Jeremy P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the fact that in front of some exhibits there are benches so you can sit and watch for as long as you want. The otters a big draw were not out while I was there. They also have a small bird exhibit. A...More

Thank garyaverill1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to go here at least once in your lifetime, just because. Really fascinating information and local fish.

Thank clynekimmie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great look into fresh water fish found all over the world. Great educational games and puzzles for kids of all ages to experience as well as for adults.

Thank Matthew D
Reviewed 20 May 2017

this beautiful aquarium right on the water front is great for all members of the family, as there are interactive activities and lots to read, larn and do. The Art Gallery was a highlight for me with its exhibition of Beachglass by a local artist.

Thank nancybCancun
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

The staff is helpful and very friendly. The aquarium isn't very large but they have a good variety. The touch tank and the nice lady that worked it was one of our favorite parts. This aquarium has a lot of Interactive exhibits.

Thank Andrea E
Reviewed 26 April 2017

My kids enjoyed the aquarium. We were there for about 3 hours. The staff was kind, and the kids liked the feeding of the sharks, otters, and salmon. We would go back again in the future, and I recommend going for an afternoon.

1  Thank mommyofkiddos
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Mostly native fish here. We enjoyed seeing the sea horse displays, as well as non-native fish. We saw a presentation on otters the last time we visited. The best part for the kids was the Great Lakes water play area with boats and canals for...More

Thank SharleneSmile
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We loved it. It was clean and so much to learn about. The divers feed the fish while we were there. That was really cool and they made it funny too. The gift shop was nice also. So many things to do and learn.

1  Thank Jodi T
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