Plan Your Visit
Nature. It’s a curious thing.
Did you know that garden eels spend most of their lives sheltering in place? That a stingray’s skeleton is made of cartilage? That snowflake eels have a second set of jaws in their throats? That some sharks lose as many as 30,000 teeth in their lifetimes?
Get a closer look at these and 1,300 other intriguing aquatic animals at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Travel the globe through 8 immersive galleries that include an 11,000-gallon stingray touchpool and an 175-foot seatube.
The Aquarium is located in the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse on the West Bank of the Flats, a short drive from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, West Side Market and A Christmas Story House Museum, and just steps away from Nautica Queen, Shooters on the Water, Music Box Supper Club and other destinations.
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Know Before You Go
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is committed to your health and ours, learn more about what we are doing to keep you safe. Advance reservations are required while we are currently limiting daily attendance so that you can get up-close views of the animals without having to get close to other guests. Masks are strongly encouraged for all and required for unvaccinated team members.
What to Expect During Your Visit
- General admission tickets are available online and should be purchased in advance of your visit to ensure entry. You can show your ticket on your phone, a printout is not required.
- Your ticket is only valid during time slot you purchase. Depending on visitation, we might not be able to admit you prior to or following your scheduled entry time.
- We are offering adult and child tickets. Children under the age of 2 are free. No additional general admission discounts can be accommodated at this time.
- Greater Cleveland Aquarium has a no refund policy. Reservations may be rescheduled (but not refunded) up to the reservation time but not after.
- Guests now follow one-way flow throughout Aquarium to ensure safe distancing during visits.
- Areas where social distancing can’t be achieved are temporarily closed, including Imagiquarium.
- The Stingray Touchpool experience is available!
- Limited wheelchairs are available daily. Call us the morning of your visit to reserve.
- Nautica Café is closed temporarily. Outdoor tables are available for picnics.
- To provide a contactless entry, the parking fee has been suspended temporarily.
What We’ve Done to Promote a Healthy Environment
- Limited the number of guests entering per hour to provide for social distancing
- Installed protective shields at all check-in registers
- Provided social distance markers as reminders to maintain a safe distance
- Required unvaccinated team members to wear masks and empowered all team members who want to continue wearing masks to do so
- Added hand sanitizer stations throughout the Aquarium including at the entry, exit and restrooms
- Frequent sanitization of high touch points such as restrooms, counters, elevators and benches
What We’re Asking You to Do for Yourself and Others
- We are requesting masks for unvaccinated guests and requiring them for unvaccinated employees. Virtual programs are available for those unable to visit due to the mask policy.
- If you or someone in your group is sneezing, coughing, running a fever or generally unwell, please move your reservation and visit the Aquarium on a day when everyone is feeling better.
- Maintain the CDC-suggested 6’ social distance (the length of a sand tiger shark) between parties.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or longer.
- Refrain from touching exhibits and windows. (You are welcome to bring a stroller or wagon for young children to help with this.)
- Do not engage in any unnecessary physical contact with Team Members or other Guests.
Any interaction with the general public poses an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. The CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19. By visiting the Aquarium, guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.