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Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth

#4 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Minnesota
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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  • We enjoyed the aquatic exhibit which specialized mostly of Minnesota's wild fish. We were excited to be able to pet the sturgeon and the horseshoe Crab. Seeing the Bald Eagle and the Turkey Vulture....  more »
  • It's fun to visit but not that much to see, not for younger children. More upper grades of Elementary school.  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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