Greater Cleveland Aquarium Review & 4-Pack of Tickets Giveaway – CLOSED

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For years rumors swirled that one day there would be an aquarium in Cleveland. In January this year, those rumors came true and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium opened in the FirstEngery Powerhouse in the Flats. The aquarium was built into a historical building and features 1 million gallons of water, 35 exhibits, and a walk through Sea Tube. Pretty impressive!

Cleveland Powerhouse Since the doors have opened we’ve have been wanting to attend and we were excited recently to have the chance.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium Dave and I were eager to visit because not only do we enjoy aquariums, but the building holds a lot of meaning for us. It was where we had our wedding reception. We’re glad to see the reception hall is still there and we were thrilled to show the space to Kora & Logan. This was really special to us because our anniversary is this Thursday! It brought back memories and it was fun sharing them with our kids.

Window on the River The lower floors that now house the aquarium used to hold some of our favorite haunts – The Cleveland Improv and Howl at the Moon. While we were sad to see them go (thankfully the Improv just moved across the parking lot) we were just as excited to learn about the aquarium taking their place.

They did a great job building the aquarium into the existing building and preserving the historical elements. We were pleased to look up and see a glimpse of one of the smokestacks.

And the lobsters in the ceiling were a big hit with the kids.

Cleveland Aquarium We enjoyed listening to the character actor posing as a boat captain in the beginning of our visit. He was very informative and helpful in a fun way that kept Kora & Logan’s attention.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium Review Winding our way through the building we made sure to stop at every tank to look at all the different fish and sea animals.

Cleveland Aquarium Fish The stingray tank quickly became one of Kora & Logan’s favorites. Watching the stingrays glide through the water was captivating and we all found them amazing.

Cleveland Aquarium Stingrays We peeked in on the alligators.

Alligators We were so excited to see the sea horses!

Cleveland Aquarium Seahorse We visited the touch tank where Kora pet a huge crab and a sting ray. There are also a couple of sharks to touch as well but they were staying close to the bottom that day.

Cleveland Aquarium Touch Tank We then went onto the shark tank and SeaTube underwater walkthrough. This area was amazing! I couldn’t believe how long it was and how it made you feel like you were right there in the water with the sharks, stingrays, and other fish. We enjoyed it so much we went through twice!

Cleveland Aquarium Shark Tank

Cleveland Aquarium Sharks We had a fantastic time at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium and Kora & Logan are already talking about going back. Dave and I can’t wait to return either. We recommend a trip to the aquarium to anyone visiting the Cleveland area to those who live here. The SeaTube itself is incredible and can’t be missed!

That’s why I’m excited to offer the giveaway below.

WIN IT! One reader of 2 Wired 2 Tired will win a 4-Pack of Tickets to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below:
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Tickets were provided. No compensation was received. The honest opinions are my own and those of my family.

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  1. We’ve been planning a trip, but haven’t gotten around to it. Winning tickets will definitely spur us on… ;-)

  2. I would love to win.

  3. Kate Bouchard says:

    Sounds like all of you had a great time. I can’t wait to go with Maddie.

  4. Renee J. says:

    I would love to win tickets! I haven’t been there yet but looks like a blast!

  5. Kim Wellnitz says:

    I would love to win these for my family!

  6. I would love to win because it’s something fun to do with the kids and it would be frugal since tickets would be free. =) Plus, my kids would love to go!

  7. Sonya Harrington says:

    I would love to win and take my daughter. We will be in Cleveland soon since my daughter will be at a feeding clinic. It would be great to have a distraction and get away for a little while.

  8. ooh I want in! Haven’t been there yet.

  9. Ashley Serrano says:

    I would love to win because I would love to take a little vacation with my family and this would be a perfect escape!!

  10. pamela james says:

    This would be fun to go see I haven’t been to the flats in a while and I would like to see the changes.
    pjames330 at aol dot com

  11. I love the aquariums with the underwater tubes. One of my favorite is the Ripley’s aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN.

  12. Would love to win!

  13. I have never been and would love to go

  14. Jeffrey says:

    I want to win. We were in Cleveland for the Marathon and I really wanted to take the kids to the aquarium but we just didn’t have enough time. After I ran, in the miserable heat, all I wanted to do was crash at the hotel and head back home.

  15. Jennifer V says:

    I would love, love, love to win!!!

  16. I want to win

  17. I would love to win these. I’ve never been there but have been to the Newport Aquarium and it was awesome! :D

  18. I would love to win

  19. great prize
    would be happy to win

  20. I would love to win!

  21. I want to win!

  22. We’d love to visit! Awesome!!!

  23. Jennifer Marie says:

    I want to win

  24. I’d love to win

  25. I really want to win!

  26. When I was a little girl, there was an aquarium in Cleveland in the University Circle area. I remember my uncle taking me. I am so happy we now have another aquarium and think the Powerhouse in the flats is a great location. I would love to win this 4-pack for my family!

    Thanks for offering this giveaway!


  27. Steffane says:

    My kids are already begging me to go, just by looking at your pictures.

  28. I’d love to win and take the kids!

  29. cre8ivepastorswife says:

    I hope to win because my parents are going to the Cleveland Center for some medical tests. I’d love to give them the tickets!

  30. Christopher Sorel says:

    luv to win and drive down from Ann Arbor with kids

  31. Amy Tolley says:

    I would truly love to win these tickets this would be a great place to take a family trip to just before school get going….thanks for sharing this great giveaway your fans… of luck everyone I have my fingers and toes crossed..thanks

  32. I want to win. :)

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