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Greater Cleveland Aquarium

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Address: 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone Number: 216-862-8803
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Greater Cleveland Aquarium energizes curiosity by passionately...
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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Looking for Monterey, got Mayberry.

Actually "poor" is too low and "average" is too high a rating. We found perhaps half the staff helpful, the other half completely ignored everyone or sometimes rude. Even though... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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117 reviews 117 reviews
18 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Actually "poor" is too low and "average" is too high a rating. We found perhaps half the staff helpful, the other half completely ignored everyone or sometimes rude. Even though they weren't very busy, one staff suggested that my 5 y.o. granddaughter, who was enthralled with the stingrays, should leave once she had touched one. The place is very small... More 

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Plainfield, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We needed to kill time before a family event, because who goes to Cleveland on vacation, right? After checking the aquarium's web site and noted it said visits average 90 minutes, we thought we would give it a shot. Our GPS had us on Fulton for 2 miles. Do not take this route if you have kids with you. This... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Very well maintained. Incredibly nice staff. Very knowledgeable. Interesting to see feedings. Pricey without discount.

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Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

During a Canadian long weekend, my fiancé and I decided to spend a weekend in the U.S. Unable to find accommodations in a border city, we decided to make an impromptu visit to Cleveland. Our first destination was going to be the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but we were advised to give it more time than we had... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback! We are really looking forward to the time when the lobby construction will be complete. Happy you enjoyed everything else. More 

Naples, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Even though the reviews were so so and our hotel tried to suggest other kid friendly venues, we decided to try it anyway. We had two girls, nearly 5 and 9, and a boy 5 and two adults. The oldest would have spent more time reading and identifying things, but we had two who never stopped long anywhere. We all... More 

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

Oh wow, thanks! So happy you enjoyed your visit. More 

Columbus, Ohio, United States
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144 reviews 144 reviews
50 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

You will have heard from others that the Aquarium here is expensive. It is. That you pay for parking. You do, but only $3.00. That it is in a bad part of town. Not really, it is in "The Bottoms" surrounded by restaurants, high-end condos, and night clubs. This is a gem of an attraction. Beautifully laid out in an... More 

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

Wow, thanks! We really appreciate your review. Have a great day! More 

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10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

VERY nice aquarium. You can easily do this in a day. Very well maintained. The animals looked heathy and happy. I took my granddaughter - she had a great time. A GREAT place for kids. Thanks; we had fun. You can actually pet stingrays here!! And they are friendly and seem to enjoy all of the attention.

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Thanks! We really appreciate your review. More 

Lucas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Went to the aquarium with our 3 year old grand daughter. She thought it was great, but my wife and I thought it left a lot to be desired. The exhibits were small and there weren't that many. Unless you're really into aquatic life and you read every description on every exhibit, you can go through the whole thing in... More 

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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 but I'm glad to hear your granddaughter enjoyed it! Our average visit is about 1 1/2 hours to see our 50+ exhibits including the 230,000 gallon shark exhibit. More 

Whitehall, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The price was very high for what it was. You have to also pay for parking. It is in a very scary part of town, We were very disappointed by how small it was and the large amount of fish native to the area and not so much tropical. We went thru in less than one hour, and couldn't wait... More 

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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. Our Flats neighborhood is a mixed use area ranging from industrial to high end apartments. Our Ohio Lakes & Rivers gallery is the first of eight galleries, six of which are tropical. I hope you didn't miss the rest of the galleries including our 230,000 gallon shark exhibit and 11,000 gallon... More 

Akron, Ohio, United States
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This Aquarium has a beautiful walk through aquarium. It is rarely crowed and a great trip for preschoolers. a little on the expensive side but I wouldn't miss a day trip if you are in Cleveland. It is a former power plant so it has old brick walls and wood floors. Great feel.

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Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit! And we do love our historic setting. More 

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