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Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Address: 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone Number: 216-862-8803
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Ranked #45 of 74 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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Rochester, New York
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We had a fun couple of hours at the aquarium. It is small, but has some great sealife. Feeding the stingrays was a highlight, as was seeing the scuba divers cleaning the shark tank.

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We're happy to hear you had fun! More 

Cleveland, OH
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I wish I could rate their membership policy separate from the aquarium. The aquarium itself is quite nice. No, it is not Shedd, Boston or Baltimore, but it was nice enough. Lots of species and lots of "walk around" exhibits vs just looking at a flat exhibit. This let you view the fish from different angles and really a lot... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback, particularly about our annual pass. You are right that we are not like the other institutions, in that we are not eligible to receive tax dollars or donations to support our operations. All of our admission and annual pass revenue goes toward taking excellent care of our animals and making sure our guests enjoy their visits.... More 

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Just visited the GCA this past weekend and it was a great experience. There are a lot of exhibits of both small fish (including domestic and Ohio) as well as large exhibits. Their shark exhibit is one of the most beautiful that I've ever seen and it extremely well done. The venue is in the PowerHouse and they have made... More 

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

Thanks very much for your comments. You are right that the family pass is by far the best value. Many of our pass holder families stop in the Aquarium at least once a month, especially during the winter. It may be cold and snowing outside, but it's always "sunny and warm" in the Aquarium. More 

Canton, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Took a 5 hour drive with the grandkids to see the aquarium. We were able to walk trough the facility in less then 30min. At the end my grandkids looked at me and asked "is that all". Was a complete waste of money.

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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. The average guest visit is an hour and a half, including animal encounters (tortoises, stingrays and twice daily special encounters), watching the SCUBA divers and various exhibit feeds, plus interacting with our team members in the galleries. More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

My review is similar to many others...the aquarium is nicely done, excellent staff, and perhaps a tad small. Yes, it only contains one of the super large tanks (the walk through shark tank) that are numerous at the larger aquariums, but that shouldn't take away what it does have. It has well designed exhibits (jelly fish bubble, giant tortoise pen,... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 via mobile

As long as you do not expect a Chicago-type huge aquarium, bringing the kids here for a morning or afternoon is a nice way to pass some time. The petting of the sting rays was a big hit with kids when I was there. Prices are not as high as when first opened now that the Jacobs group took over.... More 

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

Thanks for your comments. We have always said that our average visit length is about an hour and a half. Many of our guests enjoy the size and say it makes for a manageable outing, especially with younger children. Stay tuned for new additions to the collection in 2015! More 

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

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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Thanks! Very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
19 helpful votes 19 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 

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