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Free for Veterans, Active Duty Military & First Responders on the 4th of July

Monday, July 4 | 10am - 5pm

Looking for something to do with the family on the Fourth of July? Greater Cleveland Aquarium is offering free admission for active duty military, veterans and first responders on the 4th of July. There won’t be any fireworks, but the red-bellied piranha sparkle, the poison dart frogs offer a brilliant pop of color and you can look up for pretty spectacular view of sandtiger sharks gliding overhead.

The day includes free parking for everyone and free entry for military and first responders* with presentation of appropriate ID. Regular admission rates apply for accompanying family members and guests: $19.95 (ages 13+), $13.95 (ages 2-12). Promotion only available on July 4 at the Ticket Counter with proof of ID. No refunds available for previously purchased tickets.

*Military rates apply to active duty military or retired military with official military ID and their immediate family. First Responder rates apply to the following positions and their immediate family: police officer, sheriff/sheriff’s deputy, correctional officer, state trooper, federal law enforcement officer, career firefighter, volunteer firefighter, EMT or paramedic.

Fin Fest

A Weeklong Celebration of Sharks

Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 17

We’re putting a week-long spotlight on sharks to build a broader appreciation for the diversity, importance and plight of these FINtastic animals. We’ll do this by sharing shark-themed videos, trivia and more.

Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 17, 10am – 5pm

Sport shark gear! Show your shark shirt, shorts, socks, tie or hat in the Gift Shop and you can enter to win a $125 gift certificate. (daily, 10am – 5pm)

Show us what you know. Pick up an activity booklet with jaw-some word searches, animal facts and more. (daily, 10am – 5pm)

See if you can spot 4 species of shark. When you find them, snap a photo and tag @cleaquarium on social: brownbanded bamboo, nurse, sand tiger and sandbar. (daily, 10am – 5pm)

Meet our mascot, Finn! Snap a photo with a very friendly landshark. (Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm)

Can you tell the tooth? Identify shark teeth and get a shark temporary tattoo or sticker. (daily, 11am & 1:30pm)

Feed the Stingrays. Stingrays, like sharks, are cartilaginous elasmobranchs. Feed these shark relatives. (daily, 10:30am)

Watch a Shark Feed. (Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday, 2:30pm)

Learn from our shark-sperts. Join #cleaquarium aquarists for weekday @CLEAquarium Instagram Live mini shark talks.

  • Monday, July 11 @ 9:30am – Shark Gallery Overview
  • Tuesday, July 12 @ 9:30am – Shark Pole Feed Food Prep
  • Wednesday, July 13 @ 9 :30am – Stingrays, Sharks’ Elasmobranch Relatives
  • Thursday, July 14 @ 2:30pm – Behind-the-Scenes of a Shark Pole Feed
  • Friday, July 15 @ 9:30am – All Things Shark 

Learn how our SCUBA team prepares to dive with sharks with a special online program. (Greater Cleveland Aquarium Passholders only, Wednesday, July 13 @ 3pm, free with advance registration)

You might have seen the nurse sharks at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium cuddled up like they were having a daytime slumber party. What’s that all about? Get the lowdown on these interesting animals.

Brenton M. shows you what and how we feed the sharks. (Stick with it and you can see another Shark Gallery resident snag a treat.)

Not all sharks look like the ones you see in the movies. Aquarist Mallory H. tells you all about the brownbanded bamboo shark.

Discover what and how we feed the sharks. (Stick with it and you can see another Shark Gallery resident snag a treat.)

Why don’t the sharks eat their neighbors? Curator Ray P. answers one of guests’ most common questions about the Shark Gallery.

Learn about the different types of teeth our dive team finds in the Shark Gallery, explains how they function and and tests your knowledge.

Did you know sharks and stingrays are related? Both are elasmobranchs. Find out how the dive team and aquarists collaborate to check the weight, growth and barbs of the Touchpool stingrays.

Make a shark puppet with minimal art supplies.

All you need for this shark picture frame is a photo, marker, scissors, glue, construction paper and a manila folder.

Grab some construction paper, scissors, glue and tape so you can create a piece of custom headgear that will let everyone know you are a big fan of sharks.

Transform a toilet paper tube into a shark.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to making a construction paper shark with a moving mouth. The materials are simple. We suggest watching the entire video once before diving in. Knowing the steps ahead of time makes the whole process that much easier and more fun.

Visit the 230,000-gallon Shark Seatube in-person!

Tickets are available online and need to be purchased in advance of your visit. If you’re having difficulties, call 216.862.8803.

Are You a Sharkspert?

Answer 4 shark questions and you’ll be entered for a chance to win 4 Greater Cleveland Aquarium vouchers and a 6” shark plush! (Value $90). Limit one (1) entry per person/email address. Must be age 18 or older to participate. Four (4) winners will be selected randomly on 7/17/22 and notified by email. 


High School Career Day

Join us for this career-focused program as your own adventure starts to come more into focus. Meet team members who perform a variety of jobs to keep the Aquarium running, find out what they wanted to do at your age, and how their career journey brought them here. We’ll touch on topics such as college majors, resumes and marine-related jobs outside of aquariums.

This program is recommended for students entering grades 9-12.  If you are a middle school student interested in career programs, look here. Parents and siblings are welcome to purchase regular admission tickets for the same day, and are invited to self-tour the Aquarium exhibits during the program.

Available Dates

Wednesday, June 29 @ 9am – 12pm

Tuesday, July 26 @ 9am – 12pm

Monday, October 10 @ 9am – 12pm

Wednesday, November 23 @ 9am – 12pm


$30 General High School Student
$20 Passholder High School Student



Middle School Career Day

Do you love animals and have a passion for conservation? Think working at an aquarium sounds like fun? Explore what an aquarium career entails! Try hands-on activities to discover what you like and don’t like about daily aquarium tasks. Meet aquarists, SCUBA divers, education and guest experience team members. Come with an open mind for this half-day adventure and leave with an abundance of information, and hopefully, career inspiration.

This program is for students entering grades 6-9. If you are a high school student interested in career programs, check out the High School Career Day. Parents and siblings are welcome to purchase regular admission tickets for the same day and are invited to self-tour the Aquarium exhibits during the program.

Available Dates

Wednesday, July 6 @ 9am – 12pm

Thursday, December 29 @ 9am – 12pm


$30 General Middle School/Junior High Student
$20 Passholder Middle School/Junior High Student




Saturday,  June 18 & Sunday, June 19, 9am – 5pm

Did you know Banggai cardinalfish fathers do not eat for weeks while they turn and guard eggs in their mouths or that male weedy seadragons carry eggs on the base of their tails? Learn more about the Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s residents’ parenting habits onsite with extended Father’s Day Weekend hours, an I SPY trivia hunt, special interpretive signage and a chance to win a one-year Family Pass (or a one-year extension on a current membership).  All fathers also receive a “jaw-some dad” button while supplies last.


General $19.95 (ages 13+), $13.95 (ages 2-12), $0 (under 2)
Passholders FREE

Father's Day Gallery: