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Greater Cleveland

Ohio, USA

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

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4 460 area, m2
33 Exhibits
14 program/
2012 Completed

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium was opened in January 2012 and has attracted 400-500,000 visitors a year to the Cleveland Flats area.

In 2013 the Aquarium received an award for best adaptive use from the Cleveland Restoration Society.

The aquarium is set in the basement of the historic First Energy Powerhouse within the Nautica Entertainment Complex, the aquarium covers 4,460 m2 with 33 exhibition tanks, incorporated into eight different exhibition zones.

Visitors are taken on a journey, starting locally in North- Eastern Ohio, exploring the fish of the great rivers of our planet and proceeding to the tropical world of Southern Florida. The highlight is the 45m Acrylic tunnel, which allows the visitor to walk right in between sharks, rays and a big shipwreck.

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium includes 70,000 square feet of aquarium and aquarium- related uses, including an aquarium-themed restaurant, as well as Windows on the River and Nautica Pavilion for aquarium-related special events.

- 34 exhibit tanks
- 10 exhibition areas:
- Rainforest Exhibit - 5 Exhibits
- River and Lakes Exhibit - 7 Exhibits
- Mangrove and Transition Exhibit - 5 Exhibit
- Coastal Exhibit - 16 Exhibits
- SeaTube® Exhibit (145' in length)
- 63 foot long acrylic window

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