Today we went to the new Cleveland Aquarium. My dad is in town so it was a family outing. We figured that we would check it out first before buying a pass and make our decision then. D1 LOVED it. She went running from tank to tank yelling... "Mommy, Daddy, Pop.. LOOK!" Needless to say it was a pretty easy decision to make. You basically have to go 2x to make your money. I have a feeling we will be there much more than that. They apply what you paid that day to your pass if you buy one that day. Worked for us.
I know that a lot of people are not going due to the expense but I just don't see that the price is going to decrease. I did not grow up in Cleveland but I live here now and feel that we should support the city. I know, cheesy, but its true. As far as a critique... I thought the aquarium was small. I did ADORE the architecture. There was a 'petting' area for the kids as well as a nook for them with toys, kind of like the botanical gardens. I have a feeling that we will spend a lot of time there. I like the setup, it was easy to navigate. Partially, I think I am spoiled. I grew up going to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. That place is HUGE. It has dolphin shows and a rainforest on the top deck. This is nothing like that, but it's for the kids and not us. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and we will continue to go back.