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Greater Cleveland Aquarium

2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
216-862-8803
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Ranked #47 of 73 Attractions in Cleveland
Owner description: The Greater Cleveland Aquarium energizes curiosity by passionately educating and entertaining about...
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The Greater Cleveland Aquarium energizes curiosity by passionately educating and entertaining about aquatic life and conservation. Set in a powerhouse built in 1892, see an octopus, touch stingrays, meet African tortoises, discover seahorses and jellies in more than 50 exhibits. Don't miss the 170-foot SeaTube, surrounding guests with sharks, eels, fish and rays.

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Tionesta, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

My wife and I enjoyed the aquarium on a recent visit to Cleveland. I felt the exhibits were very well done and the staff made the visit greater than expected. Shark tank is very well done, all other best they could be. Admission a little pricey but we felt we got our money's worth.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It is a small aquarium, pretty, nicely done, excellent staff, but I'm very glad I didn't purchase an annual pass. It is so small, one visit it enough, even if you read all the plaques and take your time, you are done in less than 2 hours. The price for that one visit was a bit high. The walk-through shark... More 

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Tami B, General Manager at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, responded to this review

We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and had a chance to talk to our excellent team members. Our guests stay an average of 1 1/2 to 2 hours, making a visit manageable in a busy day. There's always a new animal to see or a new behavior/development to observe, which is why some guests enjoy the pass option. More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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47 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We've been to a couple of aquariums and this one is average. VERY cool repurposed building...but the aquarium was just average.

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Tami B, General Manager at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, responded to this review

We really enjoy being located in the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse. Originally built in 1892, it housed a coal furnace to generate electricity. The brick walls, steel girders and smokestacks add a different spin to most aquarium visits. More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It was expensive most of the tanks are not impressive not a lot of fish. The famed shark tube you walk through is just a kid scream Ecco tube. Coolist part is seeing the old building the tunnels and the smoke stack with the jellyfish. I'd rather have rock bottom and howl at the moon back then this place!

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Tami B, General Manager at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, responded to this review

Sorry to hear your visit didn't meet your expectations. We have more than 50 exhibits and thousands of fish on display and many guests do enjoy their visit, particularly the SeaTube (which may be why you heard so many screams of delight!). More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This place is nice and has a lot of fish.I love how they used an old factory as the building.It has a long line to get in though and is a little small.Its a nice place.

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Tami B, General Manager at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, responded to this review

I'm glad you liked the historic building. We're pretty sure we're the only aquarium in the nation that has a jellyfish exhibit inside a smokestack. Thanks for visiting! More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is an OK aquarium. I actually liked the interior design of this place, which seems to be reflecting the old powerhouse (it was converted into the current GCA). As for the actual exhibit... well... first of all, I think the presentation of the local Great Lakes fish fauna was very poor. No lamprey exhibit?? Really?? Second, GCA suffers from... More 

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Tami B, General Manager at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. I see you visited in October so you JUST missed the lamprey exhibit we added in Ohio Lakes & Rivers. The lampreys are a great addition and one of the first things our guests see when they walk in. Our shark exhibit (the last gallery) includes several species of sharks as well as stingrays, eels and... More 

Brook Park, Oh
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Took my husband on a trip downtown for his birthday. We got the ticket that allowed us to go "behind the scenes". Saw how they and what they feed the fish. Watched scuba divers and generally got to see how the daily work was done. It was so much fun to do that and worth the extra money. It's a... More 

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Tami B, General Manager at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, responded to this review

So glad you took advantage of our Very Important Guest tour. And happy birthday ( a little belated) to your husband. We're honored that you chose to celebrate with us! More 

Willoughby, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 via mobile

We went on a Monday and it was not crowded. The kids loved all the fish, while the adults had a chance to ask many questions about them. Carmen was a great encyclopedia of marine life and spent ten minutes answering our questions about the tortoises. I lived how the aquarium was built into the old brick powerhouse. This added... More 

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Tami B, General Manager at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback! We love being in the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse. It was built in 1892 and the coal tunnels and smokestacks definitely add a new dimension for an aquarium setting. Glad too that you took the opportunity to talk to members of our excellent Guest Experience team. More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Although it's not likely I will return, I will admit my boyfriend and I still had a nice time. Firstly, we had a hard time finding it. There didn't seem to be any signs leading to it and once we actually reached it, we were honestly a bit nervous to go inside, still unsure that we were in the correct... More 

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Tami B, General Manager at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. We have 13 signs around the Flats neighborhood and are working with the City to add more to make it easier for our guests to find us. Glad to hear you enjoyed your time once you found us. Many of our guests really love the shark exhibit, in addition to the stingray touchpool, interactive tortoise exhibit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My wife and I have never been to the Aquarium in Cleveland, so on a grey and cool day we decided to go there. We were there on Wed and the place was quiet, so we were able to wander and around and interact with the staff. The staff that we meet were all young and very interested in answering... More 

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Tami B, General Manager at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your feedback! Our team of Guest Experience Associates are top notch and do a great job of providing information and fun facts to our guests. We're really proud of them and we know they make a big difference for our guests. More 

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