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Address: 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone Number: 216-862-8803
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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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Expensive for what you pay for

The Cleveland Aquarium is located in the Nautica Complex in the flats. It is a beautiful aquarium, but it is quite small for the $20 adult $13 child ticket prices. My 2 kids... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Cleveland, OH
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Powell, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

I love aquariums. We were really looking forward to coming here after seeing all the press it received when it opened. In fairness it is still under construction but it only took us an hour to get through. There are not a lot of exhibits and the signage is average. The final tunnel has a nice selection of sharks but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

After reading and hearing mixed reviews, I decided to take my 2yr old and my MIL for a visit. We went on Thursday, April 16th, 2015, we arrived a little after 1pm --- we almost had the place to ourselves and it was PERFECT!! While paying, my 2yr old couldn't contain her excitement and was off and running, "OOOHHH!!"-'ing &... More 

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Michigan
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77 reviews 77 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

In a former power plant which gives it a different feel versus other aquarium with the very old walls and ceilings but we had a good time tourcing everything.

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

Thanks for your review! We love our historic building, which gives us opportunities to display our exhibits in unique ways. I am pretty sure we are the only aquarium in the nation that has moon jellies in an old smokestack. More 

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

April 9, 2015 Our group consisted of people aged 10, 13, my age :), 70 and 76. We all thought it was a really great experience! The drive there was a little out-of-the-way feeling, but that could just have been because we followed the GPS's directions to the tee. The building is quite impressive from the outside, but the actual... More 

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

Thanks for your wonderful review! Hope you enjoyed everything you visited in CLE. More 

Cleveland, OH
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The Cleveland Aquarium is located in the Nautica Complex in the flats. It is a beautiful aquarium, but it is quite small for the $20 adult $13 child ticket prices. My 2 kids - ages 12 and 10 saw the aquarium in an hour. They really enjoyed the touch pool where you can pet the sting rays. We did that... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. Sounds like you enjoyed your visit! Regarding the price, we are not a non-profit, so we are not eligible to receive tax dollars or donations. We have lots of mouths to feed, and our ticket revenue is our primary way of meeting our expenses. Hope that helps to explain. More 

Johnstown, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

the staff was so helpful, knowledgable and nice. the place is smaller than i thought it would be, but they have a variety of sea life to look at and interact with. they provide a map with information including feeding times and different occasions happening that day. the only thing we had an issue with was finding out where the... More 

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

Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for your feedback about not knowing where the feeding was happening. We will make sure our team members tell our guests more specifically where the feeding is happening. More 

Groton, Connecticut
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73 reviews 73 reviews
61 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The aquarium is like an aquarium building I have never seen before. It used to be a power plant, so that explains why it looks the way it does. We did two animal encounters, one w/ a baby alligator and then w/ an African turtle (forget what kind). The tortoise they had there was the most active tortoise I have... More 

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

So happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. We really love being in our historic building. Sorry to hear the sharks were not hungry the day you visited. Sometimes they just get picky about what they want to eat! More 

Portland, Oregon
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I've been to a lot of aquariums around the US (Monterey Bay is still the 5 star standard in our country), and Cleveland is a great aquarium. Unique tanks (many of which you can actually see in through the top if you are decently tall). A great selection of local and foreign fish. I'm a big sign reader and I... More 

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

Thank so much for your feedback! Hope you enjoyed your time in CLE. More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Being a big fan of aquariums I decided to ignore the bad reviews about this place on TripAdvisor. That was a big mistake. Today we visited the aquarium. We were in and out within 30 minutes, and that was taking time to look at all the displays. For a $20 ticket you do not get what you pay for. You're... 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. Our interactive displays, team members who are available to answer all your questions, animal encounters, feed and dive shows, not to mention the 50 exhibits contribute to an average visit length of about 1 1/2 hours. Hope you didn't miss any of those! More 

Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Absolutely loved this little aquarium. It's Charming and the staff were amazing. Answering all our questions and chatting with us. We loved the old historical building and the repurposing of it. The fish are in beautiful tanks and you can tell they are well taken care of. I have gone to bigger places and the smells and sight of dead... More 

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

Thanks! I shared your review with our team this morning and everyone is very grateful for your comments. Have a terrific day. More 

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