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Address: 353 Harbor Drive, I-35, exit 256B, Duluth, MN 55802
Phone Number: +1 218-740-3474
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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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Duluth Great Lakes Aquarium

If you have nothing else to do, this could be a place to take the kids. As someone who lives in a city that has the # 1 top rated zoo to include a top rated aquarium, nothing can... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 August 2015
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Beloit, Wisconsin
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

This is a great little aquarium with a good balance of museum exhibits and fish. They also have a tank where you can touch a sturgeon which was really cool because I haven't seen that at any other aquariums. Nice way to spend an hour or two .

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Thank Brianna H
Solon Springs, Wisconsin
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

Located right on the Harbor in downtown Duluth. It is expensive if you have a family...so look for coupons or discounts. Check for the most recent changing exhibit. Large and a variety of fish tanks.

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Omaha, NE
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47 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

If you have nothing else to do, this could be a place to take the kids. As someone who lives in a city that has the # 1 top rated zoo to include a top rated aquarium, nothing can compare to the Omaha Henry Doorly aquarium. So the Great Lakes Aquarium was ok nothing fancy and did not get to... More 

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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

Don't know why we still have this. There isn't anything special about it. Nothing new ever seems to be coming in. It's a nice place to go once.. But after that it's not worth it in my mind.

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Thank Jon C
Minnetrista, Minnesota
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

My impressions of Aquariums are "Just another fish inside a glass tank in a different town". Well...

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Thank HeyZman
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015 via mobile

brought my 6yr old son & had a good time. based off the previous reviews, i knew it was small & took less than an hour to see everything.. it was still a good time. we used to hotel shuttle service, because i wasn't about to pay for parking ontop of their rates.

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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81 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

I was really torn between average and very good, but had to go with average. When compared with a place like Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, well, there's really no comparison. This is a small aquarium that focuses on the fish found right in Lake Superior. It's got some nice touches that are appealing to small children, up to about age... More 

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Thank AEB_MN
Arroyo Grande, California
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

Was a great place to learn about Great Lakes fish, turtles, and birds. Really enjoyed the crow show. Perfect for a brief visit

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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8 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

I wasn't expecting an aquarium with fish that we can find at all local lakes and rivers. To pay $54 and $5 for parking to see the whole exhibit in about an hour was very disappointing. If you're from Minnesota, or any neighboring states, I would skip this. I would have a better experience planning a fishing trip with my... More 

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Thank Lambert L
Menomonie, Wisconsin
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

Nice aquarium. Only complaint was there was some sort of music festival going on in the park next door so we had to pay $10 to park and got $5 back when we bought the aquarium tickets. Don't think you should have to pay to park when you're paying to see the aquarium already.

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