Disclosure: I received a complimentary ticket to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium through the travel campaign with with New Creative Media. All opinions expressed are 100% my own and my family’s. Any additional expenses incurred were my own.
I love a good aquarium. It’s so much fun to see the varieties of fish, sharks and other sea creatures that each different place has. So, when my husband and I had the chance to check out the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, we were really excited to spend the day with the fish!
The first thing that hit me about the aquarium is that it is much bigger than it looks! It’s always so funny to me how buildings can look small but, once you get inside, you discover that they really aren’t that small at all!
One of the aspects I loved the most about the Greater Cleveland Aquarium was the fact that it had interactive exhibits. We were able to pet an iguana, and there was an area where we could reach our hands into a pool and touch sting rays! It was SO cool! They have a soft, leathery kind of feel, and it was so neat to reach down and run our fingers over their backs as they swam by!
The aquarium also has this really neat tunnel that you can walk through and see the water in the tanks on both sides AND above you! We enjoyed standing in there and watching the sharks swim all around us – literally! It was such a unique experience to see a shark mouth right above your head! I probably could have stayed in that tunnel for hours just watching all the sharks swim by.
We also saw a ton of turtles, which I was REALLY excited about because they are my favorite animals; a clown fish like Nemo; and an octopus, among other things. We also saw this really neat fish – called a striped burrfish – that has spines covering its body. The spines and the fish’s blue-green eyes really drew me in because they make it so unique! Both features are used to intimidate predators and help the fish keep itself safe. How cool is that?!
The aquarium has 9 different galleries featuring fish and other creatures from those parts of the United States and World – Ohio Lakes + Rivers, Lakes + Rivers of the World, Discovery Zone, Indo-Pacific, Northern Pacific, Coastal, Tropical Reef, Shark SeaTube and Exploration Station. And, if you want to get up close and personal with some of the fish, the aquarium offers some fun experience events that you can participate in, such as Shark Weekend, Aquarist for a Day, Feet First: Dive with the Sharks, Fish Feeding Adventure and Stingray Art Experience. And, you can even spend the night in the aquarium!
The only thing I wished about our trip to the aquarium was that our son, Cooper, had been there with us. He would have LOVED it! I guess we’ll just have to plan another trip and take him!
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