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Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth

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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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  • Boast of having the most freshwater fish/creature displays but seemed like they had mostly salt water displays. Didn't see any otters in there display. This aquarium really didn't have much for what.....  more
    Boast of having the most freshwater fish/creature displays but seemed like they had mostly salt water displays. Didn't see any otters in there display. This aquarium really didn't have much for what.....  more »
  • My husband and I were looking for something to do one afternoon during our recent trip to the area for a wedding and decided to check out the aquarium. We went on a Tuesday afternoon in September and....  more
    My husband and I were looking for something to do one afternoon during our recent trip to the area for a wedding and decided to check out the aquarium. We went on a Tuesday afternoon in September and....  more »
  • was very fun but my special needs daughter got very over simulated very quickly wish their was a quieter time that we could have came so she could have enjohyed herself more 
    was very fun but my special needs daughter got very over simulated very quickly wish their was a quieter time that we could have came so she could have enjohyed herself more  more »
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  • Highly recommend! So many things to see, and plenty of interactive experiences. The view of Lake Superior from the balconies are AMAZING! We went specifically to see the otters, and they did not disappoint. So adorable!
  • Our kids loved this place. It wasn't too busy towards the end of the day and is small enough to do in an hour or two. Be sure to check out the Sturgeon Pool where you get a chance to actually touch these fish. There is also Jelly Fish, a two story aquarium of tons of lake fish from bluegills to muskie and everything in between. They have a water activity area that showcases the great lakes and the kids can get their hands wet. Turtles, snakes, eagles and a whole lot more. Kids and adults will love it.
  • Had a great time at the Great Lakes aquarium! Lots of interesting exhibits to see, even for people who don't just like fish. There were ducks, turtles, and terrestrial habitats galore! We had a lot of fun there. Exhibits being updated constantly.
  • I remember hearing some people dismiss the GLA in the past. Maybe things have changed. It was enjoyed by all of us. Young and old. The pace was perfect as were the displays and activities. All of the staff were kind, informative, and helpful. The GLA was easy to access, clean, and modern feeling. It was also a plus to purchase your tickets and pay for your parking online. I highly advise this place.
  • Came up here for a quick day trip and had a blast! Great family friendly place. They even had a touch tank. Very affordable, they even offer some discounts for elders and low income. Spent roughly 2 hours there with our baby. Cute gift shop, my son even picked out a little plush souvenir. Parking is $5 which seems a little steep but it benefits the Aquarium.

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