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Greater Cleveland Aquarium

2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
216-862-8803
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Ranked #53 of 85 Attractions in Cleveland
Type: Aquariums
Owner description: The Greater Cleveland Aquarium energizes curiosity by passionately educating and entertaining about aquatic life and conservation. Set in a powerhouse... more » 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. « less
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Macomb, Michigan
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141 reviews 141 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Let me start off by saying, I hate giving bad reviews...but this one is necessary. I saw all these wonderful reviews and was looking forward to spending some time during our roadtrip at the aquarium with my boyfriend. First...this place is not in a nice area by any means... and I kid you not when I say it is directly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We have been meaning to get to the aquarium since it opened, and finally made it there despite hearing from others that it was small and not worth the entry price. While it was a bit pricey, we saved money by parking on the street and walking over. We were very pleasantly surprised with the interior and our entire visit... More

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Cleveland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We love the aquarium. It isn't cheap, and it is small compared to those in Boston and Baltimore, but most of the tanks reach to the ground, and our 2 year old LOVES that he can see everything. The aquarium has a great diversity of fish, and it is extremely well laid out. The tanks are beautifully maintained. It really... More

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

Thanks very much for your feedback. We really love having exhibits that are so easily accessible to our youngest guests. Glad your 2-year-old loves them too! More

Amherst, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

It's completely insane to me that this place only has ~3 stars (as of this writing). The exhibits are clean and give ample space to all the critters; the different rooms evoke the places you might find these creatures in the wild. In one particularly sneaky room, it doesn't seem like there's much going on--until you look up, and there's... More

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

Thanks so much for your feedback. The jellyfish exhibit you mentioned is one of my favorite uses of our historic architecture. The exhibit is actually tucked into one of the old smokestacks for the Powerhouse. I'm pretty sure we can claim to be the only aquarium in the nation with jellyfish in a smokestack. :) More

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We should have realized when there were no signs to find this place, or when the parking lot was empty. Or when there was no line to get in. But we purchased our tickets online (with memories of the Cincy Aquarium in our minds) so we were going in. It's just really, really tiny. And you'll realize that when you... More

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

Thanks for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear that our Aquarium didn't meet your expectations. Many of our guests do spend one and a half to two hours, talking to our Guest Experience Associates, interacting with the stingrays and tortoises, enjoying the other animal encounters throughout the day, watching the SCUBA divers and more. We will continue to make additions... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

This aquarium was one of the smallest we have visited, but what it lacks in size is made up in character. The building itself was great, and I loved the openness of the exhibits. Everything was very clean and pleasing. The shark feeding was a favorite! I would recommend a visit!

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

Thanks so much for your feedback. We love being located in the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse. Built in 1892, the exposed brick walls, steel girders and smokestacks really add a new twist to a typical aquarium visit. Glad you enjoyed your visit! More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The GCA was a pleasant visit with my wife. The shark tube was really awesome and we enjoyed learning about the Great Lakes aquatic life. Not the biggest aquarium, but for the Cleveland area, it is nice...might be a nice visit during the cold winter months. Only compliant I have is the price, it was a bit expensive for a... More

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

Thanks so much for your feedback. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! More

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We visited on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Had a little trouble finding it, but what a cool way to reuse an old building! We loved that it wasn't torn down & a new building built. It was much neater in this historical building. What a surprise to read a sign that says: "Look up!" and when you do you see... More

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

Thanks! We love being in this historic building. The brick walls, steel girders and - yes, smokestacks! - add so much to the visit. Really happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. More

Jerusalem, Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

If you've ever been to another aquarium, don't waste your time or money with this one. Few exhibits and no shows. One of a very few attractions I have no desire to revisit.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

We are avid animal seekers and were very disappointed. The cost is probably twice what it should be considering you can tour the aquarium in an hour. Most of the fish are local to the Great Lakes. The touch tank area is okay but not natural as workers gathered the animals in trays n brought them to you to touch.... More

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

Sorry to hear your visit did not meet your expectations. You must have visited more than a year ago, because we no longer have divers in our touch pool with the trays of animals. We agree with you that this did not present the natural habitat, so we added more stingrays and the invertebrates are available to touch and view... More

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