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Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth

Aquarium · Natural History Museum
The Great Lakes Aquarium opened in 2000 and is located on the Duluth waterfront. A 501(c)(3) private nonprofit, Great Lakes Aquarium features animals and habitats found within the Great Lakes basin and other freshwater ecosystems such as the Amazon River. The Aquarium houses 205 different species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. It is one of few aquariums in the United States that focuses predominantly on freshwater exhibits.

Many of the main exhibits at 62,000-square-foot (5,800 m2) Great Lakes Aquarium (GLA) are based upon actual habitats in the Lake Superior basin. "Slices" of the Saint Louis River, Baptism River, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Kakagon Slough, Isle Royale and Otter Cove can all be viewed up close.

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  • It's fun to visit but not that much to see, not for younger children. More upper grades of Elementary school.  more »
  • Took my granddaughters (2 & 5), they loved the exhibits. They could see all the displays and were able to interact with so many fish, jellies, etc. the waterworks exhibit was a huge hit, We were....  more »
  • This is a beautiful aquarium, Every window has a spectacular view of the lake and Duluth. Lots of hands on exhibits where you are able to touch the fish. Great place to learn about the fish of the....  more »
  • Great facility and courteous staff! Excellent place to bring kids with lots of hands on activities and learning opportunities. The fish were very cool, but some of our favorite "residents" were the birds and other animals that had been rescued in the wild with various life threatening injuries that prevented them from returning to their native habitat. The staff work diligently to keep the animals engaged and content.
  • So much fun for kids little and big! So many different exhibits to learn about animals in the Great Lakes region, 3-4 touch pools, and play areas for little ones. There is a big gift shop with reasonable prices when you exit, and a huge playground just across the parking lot to burn off extra energy. My kids were entertained for hours! Definitely worth the price of tickets!
  • This is a great afternoon of education. Both salt and freshwater fish are up close viewable. All kids , big and small, will enjoy the displays. The rotating displays keep it refreshed every few months. You must add this to your Duluth visit.
  • More open environment for the kids. Made it simple to bring my 3 & 4 year old. The displays were designed with the kiddos in mind. Very pleased with my experience there. Did not leave feeling overwhelmed and in need for a nap. Thanks very much!
  • We visited the Great Lakes Aquarium on a Tuesday morning and we had a very fun time learning about the Great Lakes fish and the sealife. Lots of hands on areas. I really enjoyed stepping outside to see Lake Superior. It was a great way to spend a rainy day in Duluth.

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