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.To visit Great Lakes Aquarium and get the most from your holiday in Duluth, create itinerary details personal to you using our Duluth trip itinerary app.
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.
Great Lakes Aquarium reviews
We were in Duluth over the weekend and decided to stop in at the Aquarium as it was in March and some of the attractions weren't quite opened up yet but the Aquarium was and it was a rainy day. It is.... more »
The Great Lakes Aquarium is a good experience for children. There are hands-on activities and several interactive points. Unfortunately some of these points were closed due to COVID. But we still had.... 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!
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