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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 7 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.
NOTE: The Center Street Bridge is closing January 3, 2022 for repairs and is expected to remain closed through October 2022. Download these directions for alternate routes.
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Know Before You Go
Greater Cleveland Aquarium is committed to your health and ours, learn more about what we are doing to keep you safe. Masks are encouraged. The Aquarium reserves the right to update this mask policy at any time.
What to Expect During Your Visit
- Purchasing advance online tickets is strongly recommended for non-Passholders. You can show your ticket on your phone, a printout is not required.
- Your ticket is marked with your entry time. This indicates your arrival and does not limit your visit length.
- 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). Please call 216.862.8803 x7700 to reschedule your visit.
- Limited wheelchairs are available daily. Call 216.862.8803 x7700 the morning of your visit to reserve.
- Outdoor tables are available for picnics.
- The daytime parking fee has been suspended temporarily while the lot is upgraded. Credit card-only paid parking is expected to return in late-summer for non-members.
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
- Added hand sanitizer stations throughout the Aquarium including at the entry, exit and restrooms
What We’re Asking You to Do for Yourself and Others
- We recommend masks.
- 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.
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.
Adult (age 13+)
Child (ages 2-12)
Under 2 & 100+
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A Closer Look
The Center Street Bridge is closed for repairs and is expected to remain closed through October 2022. Download these directions for alternate routes.