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Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Cleveland

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#5 of 14 in Parks in Cleveland
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Pet a giant tortoise, feed a stingray, and walk through an underwater shark tunnel at Greater Cleveland Aquarium. You'll learn about local fish from nearby lakes as well as exotic sea life from around the world, like the giant Pacific octopus. Pet stingrays, baby sharks, and starfish in the designated areas of the aquarium and then check out the exhibits featuring reptiles and amphibians. Be sure to see shark feeding before you depart. Note that there is a fee to park in the aquarium's main lot. To visit Greater Cleveland Aquarium on your trip to Cleveland, use our Cleveland itinerary maker.
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  • This aquarium has some great displays and is in a cool old building. The price is a bit much but what you get is very well done.  more »
  • We stopped here on our last day in town and I wish we would have did the zoo instead. This is they smallest aquarium I've ever been in! We paid $20 and we were done going through it in less than 45 mi...  more »
  • We were in the area for a family visit and decided to visit the aquarium. We looked at the website first and it seemed to have many different exhibits along with a feeding of the sting rays. We planne...  more »
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  • I LOVE that the Cleveland Aquarium is in an old brick factory. Very friendly and informative staff. A nice variety of freshwater and tropical critters (And some tortoises). Also good interactive exhibits for children. (Having a saltwater tank in my home, though, they really need to replace the light bulbs on their tropical tanks to reduce some bad algae outbreaks.)
  • It's one of the least favorable aquariums I have been to. The admission is way too much for what the place offers. There aren't many varieties. The lighting is poor. The education materials is lacking. The venue is poorly decorated. It's roughly 1.5 hr of decent viewing of each tank. Just go to the Cleveland Zoo's fish area. By the way, the gift shop is REALLY SAD. Everything looks like it's from a flea market that the aquarium just marks up 100x.
  • Loved it! All, and I mean all of the staff was friendly, knowledgeable and fun! The exhibits were fun and many were interactive. My husband and I spent an hour and a half there and enjoyed every minute. Would go again.
  • I love how they used the old architecture to display and home the sea life. My kids thoroughly enjoy coming here. Paying an extra $2 to feed the sting rays is highly recommended! I do feel as though the tickets are overpriced but then again I can't imagine what it costs to keep sharks and stingrays, an octopus, etc. I do also feel as though the aquarium is pretty small compared to other aquariums I have been to and the price is comparable. If you go in knowing it is small and it will be pricey and can get past those (opinions) then you will have a great time. And your kids will also have a great time. The animals are beautiful and extraordinary and walking through the shark tunnel and petting a stingray are worth the trip.
  • I take my 4 year old here all the time. He especially enjoys the shark tunnel. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and most importantly engaged. They genuinely enjoy working there which really makes the experience special.

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