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Beach Cleanup

Beach Cleanup

Thursday, April 11, 10am – 12pm

Join us for a beach cleanup to help keep debris out of our waterways. We’ll meet at the Aquarium and walk to Wendy Park to pick up litter. All ages are welcomed, but please dress for the weather and be prepared for a 2.5-mile walk (roundtrip).

You can also explore the Aquarium following the program. Each participant will receive one (1) complimentary ticket for free, same-day Aquarium admission.

Presented in partnership with National STEM Festival , Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Great Lakes Educators of Aquatic and Marine Science.



Free with advance registration. Includes Aquarium admission.


Memorial Day Weekend

Free for Military & First Responders

Memorial Day Weekend, Friday - Monday, May 24 - 27, 10am - 5pm

As a small token of our appreciation for their dedication to the wellbeing of our communities, general admission and parking (with validation) is FREE for active duty military, veterans and first responders* on Memorial Day Weekend.

Eligible guests must present appropriate ID. Appreciation offer is only available in-person. Please do not purchase tickets online if you intend to take advantage of this offer. It cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.

*Eligible guests include active duty military, veterans or reservists, physicians, nurses, police officers, sheriff/sheriff’s deputies, correctional officers, state troopers, federal law enforcement officers, career firefighters, volunteer firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and/or dispatchers with ID. (Does not apply to accompanying family members or guests.)

Passholder Urban Birding

Passholder Urban Birding

Monday, August 12, 10am – noon

Join an Aquarium Educator on an Urban Bird Walk. We’ll find as many birds as possible and contribute to citizen science as we log the data in real-time using the eBird app. Compare bird species in the industrial flats to lakefront property at Metroparks’ Wendy Park. The Aquarium provides binoculars and a guide to common birds in the area. Please dress for the weather, this event takes place outside.

Cost: FREE for Passholders

Duration: up to 2 hours

Total Hiking Distance: 2.5 miles


This is a FREE opportunity exclusively for Passholders. Make sure you are logged into your account to reserve $0 tickets or call 216.862.8803 x7717. 

Mother’s Day Weekend


Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & 12, 9am – 6pm

Did you know Surinam toad eggs are embedded into the skin on their mom’s back or that green tree python moms coil themselves around a clutch of eggs during incubation but leave their newborns to fend for themselves once they’ve hatched? Learn more fascinating facts about animal parents when you “shell-abrate” fin-tastic moms.

Visiting moms/stepmoms/foster moms/grandmas save $5 at the Ticket Counter for in-person adult admission with the purchase of another adult or child ticket on Mother’s Day Weekend.

Parenting-themed trivia, extended hours and a “fin”tastic parent pin (while supplies last) are all included with general admission.

We’re also offering everyone the opportunity to swap the more traditional slippers, mugs and candles for the gift of a year’s worth of undersea adventures with a 10% discount on any level Greater Cleveland Aquarium Annual Pass May 11 & 12 (with code 10MOM2024). In addition to unlimited daily return admission for the family, membership perks include free parking while visiting, exclusive programming, discounted and free events, birthday party and gift shop savings and more.

General $19.95 (ages 13+), $13.95 (ages 2-12), $0 (under 2)
Moms/Stepmoms/Foster moms/Grandmas: $14.95 (with the purchase of another adult or child ticket)
Passholders FREE

Answer 3 animal parenting questions to be entered for a chance to win a Greater Cleveland Aquarium Family Pass or a 1-year extension your current Aquarium membership ($130 value) AND a $30 gift certificate for our Gift Shop.

Passholder Morning

Members-Only Passholder Morning

Sunday, February 11, 8:30 - 10:30am

Complete a craft with a team member and warm up with some hot chocolate and cookies while exploring the Aquarium before doors open to the public.

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FREE for Passholders with advance registration. (You must be logged into your member account online to access tickets.)

Splash of Romance

Splash of Romance

Valentine’s Day Weekend Activities

Saturday, February 10-Wednesday, February 14, 10am – 5pm

Visit during Valentine’s Day Weekend . . . Weedy seadragons court by showing off their dance moves.  Solomon Island leaf frogs vocalize loudly to attract partners, while male red-eared sliders “­flutter” their claws around a potential mate’s face. Love is always in the air—and underwater—at Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Add a Splash of Romance to your life and visit the Flats West Bank aquarium with friends, family or anyone close to your heart. Love songs, a Valentine’s Day-themed Scavenger Hunt and photo ops add to your date.

Enter for a chance to win prizes you’ll love . . . One lucky romantic the chance to share their love of Cleveland with a special someone (or someones) by entering the Splash of Romance Giveaway online. U.S. residents ages 21 and up are invited to enter by February 14, 2024, for a chance to win a dining, shopping and entertainment prize package valued at more than $750.

Chosen at random, the giveaway winner receives a year of aquatic adventures that include a $90 Greater Cleveland Aquarium Couple Annual Pass and a $75 Gift Shop certificate; the chance to savor Luca Restaurants’ extraordinary Italian food, incredible wines and delicious desserts with a $150 gift certificate for Acqua di Luca (downtown), Luca Italian Cuisine (Superior Viaduct) or Luca West (Westlake); $150 toward a lunch, brunch or dinner cruise with amazing views aboard Cleveland’s newest attraction—Lady Caroline; a store gift certificate, pizza and swag bag from Tremont gathering spot and independent new-and-used bookseller Visible Voice Books ($100 value); the opportunity to enjoy a concert on the Cuyahoga at Music Box Supper Club using a $100 voucher; and a gift certificate and coffee three-pack from artisanal roasting company Ready Set! Coffee ($100 value).

Click here for complete Splash of Romance Giveaway rules.


Splash of Romance Valentine’s Day Weekend is included with general admission.

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



One (1) Splash of Romance Giveaway winner will be chosen randomly and only one (1) entry is eligible per email address. By entering, you acknowledge you are 21 or older and have read and understand the complete rules posted here.

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Sensory Hour

Sensory Hour

Saturday, June 1, 8:30 – 9:30am
Saturday, September 7, 8:30 – 9:30am
Saturday, December 7, 8:30 – 9:30am

We are opening an hour early exclusively for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to provide an opportunity exploring nearby lakes and faraway oceans in a comfortable and accepting environment. Not only will there be fewer guests but for that hour the Aquarium team also will limit the use of microphones, soften lighting and reduce noise to ensure a comfortable environment for all participants.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium is certified sensory inclusive by KultureCity, an internationally recognized organization that promotes an accommodating and positive experience for guests with sensory issues. KultureCity sensory bags outfitted with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools and verbal cue cards are now available to borrow as needed on a first-come, first-served basis. Dedicated areas also have been identified for those who may require a quieter environment.


$19.95 (ages 13+), $13.95 (ages 2-12), Passholders, children younger than 2 and working caregivers FREE

Spring Discovery Days


Saturday, March 16 – Sunday, April 7, 10am – 5pm

Did you know that dwarf seahorses are only about one inch long as adults; or that little Eastern musk turtles emit a big odor to deter predators? Have you noticed there is no webbing between a green-and-black poison dart frog’s toes; or seen the disk on a Northern clingfish’s belly that lets it suction tightly to slimy or rocky surfaces? While the ragged-tooth sandtiger sharks gliding through the Aquarium’s 230,000-gallon shark habitat are always going to make a big impression, we invite guests to stop and appreciate some of the smaller species with contests, daily animal encounters and activities.

On Fridays, March 22 & 29 and April 5 from 11am – 3pm, Northeast Ohio traveling animal educator Nora the Explorer will give guests of all ages the opportunity to learn about, get close to and even touch some remarkable little critters.

In addition to in-person activities, the Aquarium is offering an online Tiny Trivia Giveaway (ages 18+, one entry per person, $125 prize package) and a virtual Take a Closer Look program (Thursday, April 4, 4 – 4:30pm; $10 per screen general, free for Aquarium Passholders).  The Educator-led online adventure offers participants up-close views of small animals and the chance to ask their big questions in real-time.

Spring Discovery Days Presenter Nora the Explorer

Nora the Explorer

$19.95 (ages 13+), $13.95 (ages 2-12), $0 (all Passholders and guests younger than 2)

Test your small species knowledge with A Little Trivia. Ages 18+. One entry per email. 

Ask your BIG questions about some very small animals during the Educator-led Take a Closer Look online tour and Q&A. ($10 per screen, Passholders FREE with advance registration)

Passholder Night

Members-Only Passholder Night

Saturday, March 23, 5 - 7pm

Passholders are invited to take a sneak peek behind-the-scenes for our freshwater galleries, complete a craft with one of our team members, enjoy story time, get a complimentary photo from the photo booth or just enjoy the Aquarium without first-time guest crowds.

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FREE for Passholders with advance registration. (You must be logged into your member account online to access tickets.)