Welcome to the Aquarium

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is filled with intriguing aquatic life from the Great Lakes and colorful sea creatures from around the globe.

From moon jellyfish to a Giant Pacific Octopus, you’ll discover more than 1,400 animals representing 250 species. Over the course of about 90 minutes you’ll explore 50 exhibits—many with 360-degree views—ranging from rescued African Spurred Tortoises to an 11,000-gallon touch pool inhabited by Cownose, Southern and Atlantic stingrays. A 175-foot seatube takes you to the ocean floor where you can watch barracuda, a Goliath grouper and four species of shark swim right overhead.

Nestled in a historic powerhouse on the west bank of the Cuyahoga River, the building’s reimagined coal chutes and exposed brick walls juxtapose Northeast Ohio industrial history with the Aquarium’s conservation message, a subtle architectural nod to the ways humanity and nature can thrive to together.

Although we love a good selfie in the shark exhibit, we encourage guests to unplug and reconnect with the marine world and each other. Interactive opportunities abound and knowledgeable guest associates are stationed at every turn, answering questions your smartphone cannot, like “How old is that frog?” or “Don’t you think that fish looks a lot like my grandpa?” So, whether it’s going nose-to-nose with a painted turtle, getting a ticklish mini-manicure from a cleaner shrimp or talking to a SCUBA diver about the massive green moray eel that just whooshed by her in our 230,000-gallon shark exhibit, we invite you to spend some quality time indulging your curiosity.


We’re open 363 days a year!
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Close at 2pm on Christmas Eve)

Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (last ticket sold at 4pm)
We suggest you plan approximately 90 minutes for your visit.

Black Out Dates: Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Additional Information

• Strollers are permitted.
• The Aquarium is wheelchair and special needs stroller accessible.
• If you’re visiting the Cleveland Plus region, check out everything there is to see, do, eat and where to stay at Destination Cleveland.


We energize curiosity by passionately educating guests about aquatic life and conservation in a family-friendly setting. Captivating exhibits rich with aquatic biodiversity, friendly personalities, familiar faces and a nationally recognized historical foundation help bring this mission to life.