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What You Need To Know


The Aquarium is open 7 days a week, 10am – 5pm. Last admission is sold at 4pm.

We’re open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas — 363 days a year! Our Christmas Eve hours are 10am – 2pm.


In addition to street spots, there is a cash-only parking lot in front of the Aquarium. Prices are subject to change without prior notice but typical rates are $3 – $6.

Parking is always FREE during visits for Greater Cleveland Aquarium Annual Passholders.

Center Street Bridge 9/9/19

The Center Street Swing Bridge over the Cuyahoga River will be closed commencing Monday September 9 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM daily for the next few weeks. The bridge will be opened to vehicle traffic for lunch 11:30 am to 12:45 pm. The closure is necessary to perform routine maintenance on the bridge structure.

Alternative Routes – Alternative routes include the Detroit Superior Bridge and the Columbus Road Lift Bridge.

Detour: The alternative route while repairs are being made is from Columbus Road, to Franklin Avenue, to West 25th Street and then onto Main Avenue.


We are located in the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse on the West Bank of the Flats, just a short walk from Shooters on the Water, the Nautica Queen, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica and much more. For additional assistance with directions, please call 216.862.8803.


Coral Cove Gift Shop

Cap off your visit with a keepsake! Our on-premise Coral Cove Gift Shop operated by Wildlife Trading Company offers books, clothing, colorful plush toys and other mementos.

Hours coincide with Aquarium.
Passholders receive 10% discount on all purchases.

Gift Shop
The Nautica Café

Conveniently located directly above the Aquarium, the Nautica Café offers family-friendly fare such as personal pan pizzas, hotdogs, deli sandwiches and more.

Monday – Friday: 11am – 3:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 4:30pm

Cafe checkout


The Aquarium is wheelchair accessible. Strollers are permitted.

We have wheelchairs for use on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge, but we ask that you leave your ID. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is completely wheelchair accessible.

If a member of your group has a visual impairment and needs a guide, we are happy to provide one at no additional cost with your general admission. To reserve the guide, please call 216.862.8803 and dial 0 for the office assistant at least two weeks in advance of your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Have another question? Check out our FAQ for more guest information.

Ticket Donation Requests

As a community partner, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium donates tickets to Northeast Ohio nonprofits to be used as fundraising prizes or auction items.