Almost a year ago Alleigh won a goldfish at the Stark County Fair and now both girls are ridiculously attached to “Swimmie” – very original, hehe. The fascination they have of their beloved Swimmie has also grown an interest in almost all creatures that make their home in the water, so when we had the opportunity to visit the Greater Cleveland Aquarium (Cleveland, Ohio) I knew they would love it…. and I was definitely right!
When we first arrived at the aquarium our family was treated to a wonderful breakfast with the other blogging guests, had a visit from the aquarium mascots (which Kaelyn hated), and had an animal encounter with a baby American Alligator before starting our tour. Oh and when I say Kaelyn hated the mascots I literally mean that any time they even glanced her direction… even if they were in the hallway outside the room we were eating in she would would start screaming and crying hysterically. Now that was a fun time, hehe.
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is the only free standing aquarium in Ohio – in fact the next closest free standing aquarium is roughly four and a half hours away. Just as interesting as all the species of underwater creatures you will encounter is the actual building itself. The aquarium was constructed inside the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse. Since this is a historical building there were many restrictions on what could and could not be done in building the aquarium and I enjoyed seeing how the architecture was incorporated into the design of the exhibits. For example at one point in the aquarium if you look directly above your head into what used to be the steaming chimney of the FirstEnergy Powerhouse instead of smoke and fumes you will now see Spiny Lobsters – such a neat display. Though Alleigh was convinced they were spiders, hehe.
As we made our way through the aquarium Dustin, the girls, and I were intrigued by 35 tanks of all sizes that are home to thousands of creatures. Plus as you wander through the exhibits you travel through different zones including Ohio Lakes & Rivers, Exotic Freshwater, Florida Keys, Weird & Wonderful, Coastal, Tropical Reef, and the Shark Tank.
Alleigh really enjoyed the 11,000 gallon touch tank which is home to many creatures including horseshoe crabs, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, a nurse shark, a bonnethead shark, cow nose sting rays, as well as Atlantic sting rays. She learned the official two finger touch technique and put her skills to the test while bravely touching two different sea stars. I was quite impressed.
Our trip through the Greater Cleveland Aquarium took approximately an hour and a half which was perfect for our girls. We had lots of fun and would love to go back. If you are interested in visiting here is some information:
Greater Cleveland Aquarium
2000 Sycamore Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Open Monday – Sunday from 10AM to 6PM (last admission at 5PM).
adults – $21.95
children (2-12) – $15.95
2 and under – FREE
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