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Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Sleep with the fishes overnight, dive with sharks and eels in a tank and take home exceptional souvenirs and unforgettable memories.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium is a fun and interactive institution showcasing tanks full of local and exotic marine species. Its displays occupy a space of 70,000 square feet (6,500 square meters) in the historic 19th-century Powerhouse building near the Cuyahoga River. Bring your kids to take part in the daily activities for hands-on experiences within this aquatic realm.

Encounter elegant tortoises in the Lakes & Rivers of the World exhibit. Enjoy the unusual feel of the stingrays in the popular Touch Pool. Feeding time for these intriguing creatures takes place daily in the afternoon. Find out from guides about the feeding time schedules throughout the aquarium.

Bring young children to the Small Fry zone, which offers animal encounters, educational sessions and arts and crafts. Try the Stingray Art Experience, where you choose the colors and the stingrays paint you a souvenir.

Walk through the aquarium tunnel and gaze up at the fearsome sharks all around you. If you’re a certified scuba diver, try diving with sharks, stingrays and eels. Take home any shark teeth you find as souvenirs.

Browse the items for sale in the aquarium gift shop, located at the end of the circuit. Relax at a table with hot dogs, pizzas and sandwiches at the Nautica Café. The aquarium is an ideal place to host a birthday party. Stay after the aquarium closes its doors to take part in the ZZZ’s in the Seas Overnight event.

There is a fee for entrance to the aquarium, with lower prices for kids. Toddlers are admitted free of charge. The site opens daily from morning until late afternoon.

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is on a bend of the Cuyahoga River in the central part of Cleveland. Take the RTA public transit system to Settlers Landing station and cross the river on Center Street to get here. Consider driving and leaving your car in the aquarium parking lot for a fee. See nearby sights, such as Heritage Park, the Stonebridge Waterfront and the Detroit Superior Bridge.


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Hyatt Regency Cleveland At The Arcade

Hyatt Regency Cleveland At The Arcade

420 Superior Ave E, Cleveland, OH
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Gateway District, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of JACK Cleveland Casino and Cleveland Convention Center. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Progressive Field are also within 15 minutes. Tower City-Public Square Station is 9 minutes by foot and Cleveland Station is 15 minutes.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown - Lakeside CA $109
    DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown - Lakeside

    DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown - Lakeside

    1111 Lakeside Avenue E, Cleveland, OH
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Cleveland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Free Stamp, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Cleveland Convention Center. FirstEnergy Stadium and Great Lakes Science Center are also within 15 minutes. Cleveland Station is 9 minutes by foot and Tower City-Public Square Station is 19 minutes.

      Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown CA $116
      Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown

      Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown

      1380 East 6th Street, Cleveland, OH
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Cleveland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cleveland Mall, JACK Cleveland Casino and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Cleveland Convention Center and Cleveland Arcade are also within 10 minutes. Tower City-Public Square Station is 12 minutes by foot and Cleveland Station is 12 minutes.

        Hilton Cleveland Downtown CA $187
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        Hilton Cleveland Downtown

        100 Lakeside Ave East, Cleveland, OH
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Cleveland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cleveland Convention Center, JACK Cleveland Casino and Cleveland Arcade. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and FirstEnergy Stadium are also within 15 minutes. Tower City-Public Square Station is 12 minutes by foot and Cleveland Station is 12 minutes.

          The Westin Cleveland Downtown CA $131
          The Westin Cleveland Downtown

          The Westin Cleveland Downtown

          777 Saint Clair Ave Ne, Cleveland, OH
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Cleveland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cleveland Convention Center and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Great Lakes Science Center and Playhouse Square Centre are also within 15 minutes. Cleveland Station is 11 minutes by foot and Tower City-Public Square Station is 16 minutes.

            Aloft Cleveland Downtown CA $141
            Aloft Cleveland Downtown

            Aloft Cleveland Downtown

            1111 W. 10th Street, Cleveland, OH
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Renaissance Cleveland Hotel CA $109
              Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

              Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

              24 Public Sq, Cleveland, OH
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower CA $127
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                Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower

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