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Private Events & Receptions

Picture your baby shower surrounded by seahorses in our Coastal Gallery, walking down the “aisle” as a sandtiger shark glides overhead in our 175-foot long seatube or an invigorating yoga flow in front of a stingray exhibit. Whatever your event may be, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium offers a wide variety of unique, exciting spaces filled with extraordinary aquatic life to help you realize your vision.


Celebrate your upcoming baby or wedding at a venue like no other. Host your shower at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium and your guests will have private access to all of our exhibits, including our 10,000-gallon stingray touch pool. Give your loved ones an experience as special as your announcement, and complete your event with a variety of catering and beverage options from Windows on the River.

Cocktail Event

Can you imagine saying “I do” in front of a floor-to-ceiling view of breathtaking marine life? Wedding ceremonies at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium make your special day truly one-of-a-kind. Make sealife your backdrop as up to 80 of your friends and family are joined by angelfish, stingrays and sandbar sharks for your big moment.

The Aquarium hosts wedding receptions, too. Enjoy catering from Windows on the River and access to our entire facility — featuring hundreds of saltwater and freshwater species — for a truly “wild” celebration your guests will never forget.

Cocktail Receptions

Host your next cocktail reception, holiday party or corporate event at Ohio’s only independent aquarium and let your guests mix, mingle and network among fascinating marine life. Located in the FirstEnergy Powerhouse, our facility offers sophistication and beautiful historic architecture with just a splash of fun. Our events are catered by Windows on the River and offer access to our entire facility, as well as a variety of dining and bar options.

Private events can begin at 6pm and accommodate 35 – 400 people. Space is limited, so secure your spot now for the best availability. 

Company Picnics

Want your next company picnic to be a success, rain or shine? The Greater Cleveland Aquarium and Windows on the River can make it happen. Enjoy beautiful riverside and city skyline views, patio dining, and full Aquarium access for an event that’s sure to impress.

Picnic Package:

  • $600 (plus $30 per person)
  • All-day Aquarium admission (10am – 5pm)
  • Private, air-conditioned party room (4-hour rental)
  • Private outdoor patio on the water
  • Private Aquarium entrance
  • Private bathrooms
  • Boxed lunch: turkey & cheese, chicken salad or grilled vegetable croissant; fruit salad; potato chips; cookie and soda

Package Add-ons:

  • Peanut butter & jelly sandwich, potato chips, cookie, juice box, shark tattoo ($20 per child [age 2-12])
  • Bonus activities including giant Jenga, cornhole & hula hoops ($100)
  • Animal encounter ($50 for 30 minutes)
  • Landshark mascot Finn Appearance ($50 for 30 minutes)
  • Scuba diver holds up company logoed sign ($50)
  • Mechanical Shark or Surfboard Ride $800 for 3 hours
  • Watch one of your Scuba certified coworkers dive with the sharks ($205)

Windows on the River & Partnered Venues

Located right above the Aquarium in the FirstEnergy Powerhouse, Windows on the River offers multiple event spaces with scenic views of the city skyline, Cuyahoga River and historic buildings and bridges. Make your next event something truly extraordinary by combining a visit to the Aquarium with fine dining at this premier catering facility. For more information, email or call 216.861.1445.

The Nautica Entertainment Complex can accommodate large-scale events. Nautica Entertainment Complex event packages include the Aquarium as well as the Pavillion, Nautica Queen, Improv Comedy Club and others. Contact Kristen Rose at for more information.

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