Dive into Fin Fest at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium

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As a mom and a travel blogger constantly on the lookout for exciting family-friendly activities, I’m thrilled to share our recent experience at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s Fin Fest. This month-long celebration, running from July 9 to August 6, not only educates but also dazzles with its focus on the mysterious and magnificent elasmobranchs – sharks and stingrays.

Fin Fest offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures. This year’s festival is especially thrilling because of the latest discoveries in shark research and the chance to see these incredible animals in a new light. From new-to-science shark fossils to the reassessment of the megalodon’s size, there’s so much to explore and learn.

Every visit to the aquarium during Fin Fest is a chance to dive deeper into the world of sharks and rays. Daily public stingray feeds, aquarist shark feedings, and scuba diver talks make each visit a new experience. My family loved the interactive stingray feedings – it was a joy to see the kids so engaged and excited!

The event isn’t just about watching and learning; it’s about participating. With crafts, experiments, and activity pages provided by community partners like the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, every corner of Fin Fest is designed to spark curiosity and wonder. Dressing up in shark gear can also win you a fun prize, adding an extra layer of excitement to your visit!

Here is a shark craft you can do with your kids this summer:

One of the most memorable parts of our visits to the Cleveland Aquarium is the stinray exhibit.

was the opportunity to feed a stingray and watch a nurse shark ‘slumber party.’ These experiences don’t just entertain; they connect us more deeply with the natural world and remind us of the importance of conservation. Learn more about stingrays before you visit with this informative video!

Matt Debelak, the Education Coordinator, emphasized the crucial roles sharks and rays play in marine ecosystems. However, they face threats from overfishing, pollution, and habitat loss. Events like Fin Fest help raise awareness and foster a respect for these creatures, which is essential for their conservation. Learn more about the sharks at the Cleveland Aquarium with this video.

If you’re looking for a family outing that combines fun, education, and the opportunity to support marine conservation, Fin Fest at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium is the perfect choice. With activities suited for all ages, it’s a wonderful way to spend a day learning about and celebrating the ocean’s most intriguing residents.

Fin Fest is not just an event; it’s an experience that leaves you with a deeper appreciation for the marine world. It’s a must-visit for anyone passionate about marine life or looking for an educational and fun family day out. Don’t miss this chance to explore the underwater world in a way that’s both informative and enchanting. Buy tickets online now.

Cleveland Aquarium
Flats West Bank
FirstEnergy Powerhouse
2000 Sycamore Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

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