We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Great Lakes Aquarium

Features Animals
353 Harbor Dr, I-35, exit 256B, Duluth, MN 55802-2639
+1 218-740-3474
Review Highlights
Excellent aquarium for local fish ...

This is a modern place with the usual assortment of tanks, exhibits, instructional shows by... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Minnetonka, Minnesota
Visit with my son and Grandson

We went to the Great Lakes aquarium and I was really impressed. Much bigger inside than expected... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
Todd P
Mosinee, Wisconsin
Read all 438 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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 educational for children.
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good33%
  • Average24%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“great lakes” (87 reviews)
“touch tank” (10 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
353 Harbor Dr, I-35, exit 256B, Duluth, MN 55802-2639
+1 218-740-3474
Write a ReviewReviews (438)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 435 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a modern place with the usual assortment of tanks, exhibits, instructional shows by employees, etc. There are fish from other parts of the world, but the focus on more local fish (local as in upper midwest, great lakes, etc) makes for an interesting...More

Thank bt_mpls_traveler
Reviewed 11 November 2017

We went to the Great Lakes aquarium and I was really impressed. Much bigger inside than expected and it was just loaded with fish and other creatures. Lots of history on the great lakes, fresh water and salt water fish. My grandson loved petting the...More

Thank Todd P
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Staff and animals are well presented to make this an intriguing and interesting place to visit. Take the time to read the graphics and you can enhance your experience 100 times over. DO not miss the dive shows and check out their special events. Excellent...More

Thank Joe M
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Its a local fresh water aquarium so not as many colorful or large fish but entertaining non the less. Kind of expensive for a family at $15.00 a person for a publicly funded facility plus five bucks to park

Thank viking226
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Great place to take the kids and spend an afternoon - highly recommend it to the whole family and field trips.

Thank Karen Ruth W
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We spent 3 fun filled hours with 4 adults and 3 youth. The aquarium is very clean and all the rooms are designed well. The large exhibit with petting the fish was most exciting and laughing out loud as the fish pass by and you...More

Thank Sheila G
Reviewed 18 October 2017

We had some time to fill so we decided to take in the Aquarium and we are glad we did. It was very interesting. We even learned a few things. The sturgeon area was fascinating. We did not have any children with us but there...More

Thank NormaRae03
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Definitely good for about two hours, with kids of all ages. But it's fairly pricey and could use some expanding. My daughter enjoyed petting the sturgeons the most, but that was the main highlight (she's 3). There's a couple other cool tanks, and a fun...More

Thank Cleanismygame
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Our family loves to visit this freshwater aquarium. From the brook trout to the salmon this place offers a fun and educational visit for everyone.

Thank Melanie B
Reviewed 10 October 2017

The wife and I brought our two younger kids with us. Plenty to do and see. We spent the morning here and then went to eat lunch. We came back to watch the shark feeding and then left to go on a boat tour. After...More

Thank riverzedge
Nearby Restaurants
Northern Waters Smokehaus
565 reviews
.54 km away
Bellisio's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar
445 reviews
.48 km away
Grandma's Saloon & Grill
1,187 reviews
.54 km away
Lake Avenue Cafe
287 reviews
.53 km away
Nearby Attractions
Aerial Lift Bridge
1,271 reviews
.51 km away
Canal Park
1,208 reviews
.60 km away
S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum
383 reviews
.53 km away
Lake Superior Railroad Museum
358 reviews
.38 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Great Lakes Aquarium staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines