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Great Lakes Aquarium

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Closes in 6 min: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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informative and entertaining for all ages

This aquarium offers a broad range of exhibits that educate us about our environment and the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
St. Petersburg, Florida
Sturgeon up close!

It was great to see all the fresh water fish - especially for my son who is working on a History... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2018
Saint Paul, 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...more
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353 Harbor Dr, I-35, exit 256B, Duluth, MN 55802-2639
+1 218-740-3474
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although I regularly visit Duluth, this was my first visit to the aquarium. If you're expecting to see lake fish, you won't be disappointed, but the exhibits encompass so much more, from human geography, to comparisons to other large lakes, to a giant waterplay area...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Serafina S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This aquarium offers a broad range of exhibits that educate us about our environment and the creatures that live in it. It was much more diverse than I expected.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great exhibits with lots of information. Love that this is a freshwater only aquarium. The sturgeon tank was by far my favourite aspect. I definitely recommend this if you’re in Duluth

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank ashlynen2018
Reviewed 21 January 2019

I visited the aquarium with my boyfriend and we loved it! It doesn't look super big from the outside (especially to someone from Chicago who is used to the Shedd), but there are so many things to do that we still spent several hours there....More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Michaela M
Reviewed 5 December 2018

It was great to see all the fresh water fish - especially for my son who is working on a History Day documentary about Lake Superior's commercial fishing industry. And you can actually touch a sturgeon in at this aquarium. None of us were brave...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank pradfordhenderson
Reviewed 28 November 2018 via mobile

When you have a young kid, your vacation itinerary is based on their entertainment. With this in mind, the aquarium is a good spot. The entry fee isn’t too bad and you can spend several hours exploring all the exhibits. The fish tank where you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank michaelr968
Reviewed 12 November 2018

A wealth of information about the great lakes with very interesting displays, including live fish. Plan to spend several hours.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank HemlockHill12
Reviewed 12 November 2018

nice aquarium. alot of local and regional fish but also some tropical fish bird and otters. the birds and otters are rescued animals that could not be returned to the wild. lots of interactive displays. lots of types of jellyfish. it is a smaller aquarium...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mark b
Reviewed 10 November 2018

I have now visited this aquarium twice, and I enjoyed it both times. For a smaller aquarium, it had a surprising number of exhibits, activities for kids, and informational resources to enjoy for an hour or two. It also gives you a feel for Lake...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank erikkawm
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Cost $60 for family of 4. Very small. Not much going on. Most of the kids activity stations were broken. Our kids are normally impossible to get out of a zoo or aquarium. I don't think we were there more than 30 minutes. Find something...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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7 March 2019|
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Response from kenmac1 | Reviewed this property |
Both kids and adults. Fish are interesting and beautiful for all ages. But I believe there was an area geared toward kids too.
Christine G
2 July 2018|
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Response from themaser | Property representative |
Regular adult admission is $17.99. Senior 62+: $14.99. Children 3-12: $11.99. Teens 13-17: $$13.99 and children ages 0-2 are free. All tickets are $1 off when pre-purchased online at our website.