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“Boring except maybe to young children”

Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Ranked #38 of 152 things to do in Cleveland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Did you know male seahorses give birth? That an archerfish can spit with deadly accuracy? That a giant Pacific octopus can solve puzzles? Or that some sharks lose up to 30,000 teeth in their lifetime? You can learn more about these and other amazing aquatic animals 363 days a year at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Nestled in the nearby historic brick FirstEnergy Powerhouse, the Aquarium’s eight immersive galleries are filled with intriguing marine life from around the globe. And, from an 11,000-gallon stingray touch pool to a 175-foot shark-filled seatube, unique views and interactive opportunities abound. So, whether it’s going nose-to-nose with a blue tongued skink, getting a ticklish mini-manicure from a cleaner shrimp or talking to a SCUBA diver about the massive sandtiger shark that just glided by her in our 230,000-gallon shark exhibit, you will want to spend some quality time exploring because nature is a curious thing.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

45 mins to 1 hour and you're done. No shows of any kind, just walking by various tanks. Shark tunnel was nice though. Teenagers and adults were bored. Young kids had fun

Date of experience: April 2018
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Sam F, Communications at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Hmmm. Sounds like you missed the regularly scheduled underwater SCUBA & shark talks (2x daily). There are also daily exhibit feeds by aquarists and a daily public stingray touchpool feed. You can also go nose-to-nose with a blue-tongued skink or another reptile during an animal encounter.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We decided to take a trip to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium with our 4 year old. We spend a little over 2 hours looking at all of the exhibits and displays. I like how they had everything set up to view around each area. It definitely helped with the busy crowds on the Saturday we visited.

Our favorite parts were the tortoises and the aquarium tunnels towards the end of the exhibit path.

Our son had a great time learning about all of the different displays of fish and amphibians that we on display. We also spent a little time feeding the stingrays, where they had some hands on/touch pools for the visitors.

We will definitely return!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank danielleb396
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Sam F, Communications at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Sounds like you might just have a future marine scientist in your family? Thank you for bringing your little learner to explore the Aquarium. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

So we went because of the Dory octopus. I was expecting it to be grander. Spent just over an hour, not much to see. The shark tube was the best part.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Guerrabug45
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We loved all of our visit, but especially the shark tunnel and sting rays. The kids and adults alike enjoyed watching the shark feeding and the scuba divers cleaning the tanks. The workers were all very friendly and knowledgeable.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Julie W
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Sam F, Communications at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience with others. Always glad to hear good things about our staff!

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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

I have been to few different aquariums lately and this one is by far the best. I loved walking around the old converted power plant. It was amazing to see!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Walt R
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Sam F, Communications at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thank you for visiting! Very happy to hear you appreciated the architecture and the way we re-purposed a historic building.

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