On the West Bank of the Flats sits the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. It is inside what was the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse. The Powerhouse opened in 1892 to provide power for the city’s streetcars and railways. But the popularity of the automobile would make it obsolete and it would close in 1920. The building would be revitalized beginning in the 1990’s taking on many forms but the Cleveland Aquarium would open in part of the building in 2012.
The Aquarium is comprised of nine galleries where you can view 1,400 freshwater and saltwater animals from around the globe. The adventure starts in the “Ohio Lakes and Rivers” gallery which focuses on fish from the Buckeye State and Lake Erie. Other galleries include “Asia and Indonesia” and “Tropical Forest”.
A big hit at the Aquarium is the Coastal Boardwalk where you can touch and feed the sting rays. The Shark Gallery and Sea Tube allows you to walk under the sea and experience the sharks and other fishes all around you. To plan your visit to the Aquarium, visit their website – http://greaterclevelandaquarium.com/ .
To learn more about the history of Cleveland and visit some of the amazing sites in downtown take a walking tour with Tours of Cleveland. See our schedule and book your tour at www.toursofcleveland.com