Duluth, MN – Great Lakes Aquarium

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I had to throw this in. All this Minnesota stuff is making me miss my Saints something fearful! Not much longer till they will be marching on into town!

aquarium 1aTuesday morning of our trip to Duluth we visited the Great Lakes Aquarium. It’s known as the largest fresh water aquarium in the US.  The following was copied from Wikipedia to tell you about it:

“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 on freshwater exhibits. Many of the main exhibits at 62,000-square-foot Great Lakes Aquarium are based upon actual habitats in the Lake Superior basin. “Slices” of the St. Louis River, Baptism River, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Kakagon Slough, Isle Royale and Otter Cove can all be viewed up close.”

One of the exhibits that especially interested me was the one that explained about the Glacier Age when so much of this area up here was formed and all the rocks we now see came up to the surface.  I don’t understand it all so I may have said that last sentence incorrectly but that’s how I see it!  The aquarium was very nice with exhibits and tanks on two floors.  This was where Roy’s knee got a good workout and he passed with flying colors!  Prior to the shot he’d have stopped half way through the first floor in pain so this is a great improvement!

We saw an otter playing in the water, beautiful fish in many tanks, met the divers and had a photo op with them, pretended we were steering a ship, Roy pretended he was fishing in a boat with fake fish. We took a picture of ourselves standing in front of a green screen where various backgrounds showed up behind us and made some fish stay away from us on a screen using our shadows.  We generally just had a fun time together being silly old folks and checking it all out.

After the Aquarium we headed down the street for the Vista Fleet cruising tour which I”ll write about and include pictures of that in tomorrow’s blog.

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View of the Aerial Lift Bridge on Lake Superior from the Aquarium
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Description of how all the huge rocks came to be
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Roy and his moose friends – Moose are the big thing up here – I even bought a bag of Moose Poop to send to some friends!
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Roy standing behind his big moose friend
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I think these are lion fish
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Rosalyn in the Otter Cave
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Second floor exhibits
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Roy pretending he’s fishing – couldn’t pass up this photo opportunity
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Check out the diver waving behind me!
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The diver doing a hand stand on one finger in the aquarium
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One of the exhibits – this is where I had a better camera to pick up how beautiful it was
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The guided tour part of the visit

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

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2 thoughts on “Duluth, MN – Great Lakes Aquarium

    1. Elizabeth, You guys would LOVE it up here. Great fishing on this huge lake, lots of relaxation, paddle boats, crochet, lounge chairs for reading, beautiful scenery. I’m really serious, you should fly up here and stay a week. We rent boats and pontoons for those folks who are flying here. Roy and I would love love it too! Think about it. Check out the place at http://www.nlro.com. I may even be able to get you a discount! There’s a lot to see around here also. Take care and thanks for following us! Oh I forgot, they’ve put Roy on computer and network duty since he arrived!

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