Maybe finding a fishing pole, buying bait, putting on a life jacket and getting into a boat (or walking on a dock) is not your thing, but you still really appreciate fish.
If that’s the case, we have rounded up where you can go to visit some fish and appreciate their beauty–Minnesota Aquariums, Zoos, and even Pet Shops
353 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
Open daily, $16-$20/pp plus $10-$20 parking.
If you are looking for a Day Adventure, you can head up to Duluth. While you are there, you can check out the aquarium, which features fish you find in Minnesota, the Amazon River and sea creatures found in oceans around the world.
Great Lakes Aquarium makes education fun while exploring the importance of freshwater. And being that it’s on the shore of Lake Superior there is an intense focus on that incredible resource.
Covid safety protocols are being followed, and you can learn more on their website.
Check out what Anne’s family loves about the aquarium in this article.
Rosedale Shopping Center, 1595 Highway 36 West, Suite 578, Roseville, MN 55113
$13.99 General Admission.
This is a hands-on experience covering 20,000 square feet. SeaQuest wants their guests to touch, feed & interact with animals including rays, fishies, otters, sloth, and kinkajou.
Mall of America, 120 East Broadway East Side, Level One, Bloomington, MN 55425
$18.99+ (Prices are subject to change)
Minnesota’s largest aquarium hosts two 14-ft-long sawfish, sea turtles, giant sharks, and lots of other tropical fish and rays and such. Stroll through unique settings the underwater tunnel, the rainforest, the coral caves, and a lagoon.
13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Rays and sharks, seahorses and sea dragons, and various coral reefs fill Discovery Bay with fish and fun of all kinds. A day at the Minnesota Zoo can be a full day, and Discovery Bay is definitely a highlight.
Free Aquariums in Minnesota
1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, 55103
You can enjoy our finned friends in two locations at Como Zoo. First catch them in Tropical Encounters attached to the Visitor’s Center. And you will also find them in the Aquatic Center (this is an odiferous building, but one of my kids’ favorites) where you can check out the penguins as well.
Here is a list of pet shops you could browse the tanks with your kids to get them excited about the world under the sea (or, in the case of Minnesota, in the lake).