The Toledo Zoo's beloved Aquarium is re-opening soon!

Aquarium re-opening on March 27, 2015

Aquarium Opening Weekend Sponsor

Click here for a schedule of activities planned for the Opening Weekend Celebration

The Zoo’s Aquarium has been under renovation since 2012.  During the renovation, the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium has been making significant repairs and upgrades to it’s historic WPA exterior that is over 75 years old.  While we are maintaining the physical footprint of the existing Aquarium, you will see some impressive changes inside. The largest exhibit in our historic Aquarium was 7,600 gallons with the combined water volume of all exhibits totaling 46,000 gallons. The largest single exhibit in the new Aquarium will be 93,000 gallons with the combined water volume of all the exhibits totaling 210,000 gallons! Where the majority of our previous exhibits were freshwater, the new Aquarium will be home to three times as many marine species as freshwater which will dramatically increase the diversity of color, physical characteristics and scientific interest.  The new Aquarium’s theme is, “Go beneath the surface and experience a fascinating underwater realm—how we depend upon and impact it.”

What’s New?

Various saltwater and freshwater exhibits will become part of the new Aquarium.  Some will be upgrades from former Aquarium exhibits that were popular with visitors, but some brand new exhibits are sure to create plenty of excitement:

Shark and Stingray Lagoon Touch Tanks

Visitors will be delighted to be able to get up close to and touch small sharks and rays.  There will also be a separate invertebrate touch tank known as Invertebrate Laboratory.

Can’t wait to experience a touch tank?

The Toledo Zoo has partnered with Toledo Lucas County Public Libraries to offer traveling touch tanks before the Aquarium’s grand opening.  You can check it out at a local library branch on the following dates:

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
Sanger Branch Library

Friday, Jan. 30, 3 – 5 p.m.
Birmingham Branch Library

Sat., Feb. 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Washington Branch Library

Tues., Feb. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Reynolds Corners Branch Library

Sat., Feb. 14, 12 – 2 p.m.
Children’s Library, Main Library

Mon., Feb. 16, 3 – 5 p.m.
Kent Branch Library

Sat., Feb. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.
Waterville Library

Monday, March 2, 3 – 5 p.m.
Sylvania Branch Library

Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
West Toledo Branch Library

Monday, March 9, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Locke Branch Library

Tuesday, March 10, 4 – 6 p.m.
Heatherdowns Branch Library

Friday, March 13, 3 – 5 p.m.
Toledo Heights Branch Library

Saturday, March 14, 10 am – 12 pm
Holland Branch Library

Tuesday, March 17, 3 – 5 pm
Lagrange Brach Library

Thursday, March 19, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Point Place Branch Library

Monday, March 23, 6 – 8 pm
Mott Branch Library

Wednesday, March 25, 3 – 5 pm
South Branch Library

The Reef

Generously supported by Owens-Illinois, Inc.

This tank will be the largest tank ever featured at the Toledo Zoo Aquarium with over 93,000 gallons of water!


Gulf of Mexico - Sharks, Rays and Turtles

This will be the second largest exhibit with two separate viewing areas.  The sea turtles featured in the exhibit will be part of a conservation program to help ensure their populations remain healthy.

Beautiful Stingers – Sea Nettles

Sea nettles have never been displayed at the Toledo Zoo, but will be visually impressive against a bright blue background so visitors can really see their graceful forms.

More Exhibits!

Moon Jellies will be back!

mangrove swamp

The Flooded Amazon Forest

Coastal California Kelp Forest

The Deep Sea

Flashlight fish

Wolf Eel - North Pacific

Giant Pacific Octopus

Lungfish from the Austral Asia exhibit

Alligator snapping turtle

Alligator gar - The Ohio River

Ohio Invasive Species

Giant Japanese Spider Crab

Electric eel

Learn more about the Aquarium Renovation

Progress Report—Part 3 (April 28, 2014):

Progress Report—Part 2 (April 28, 2014):

Progress Report—Part 1 (November 25, 2013):

Detailed information about the aquarium renovation

Click here to download a thorough PDF prepared by Jay Hemdal, the Toledo Zoo’s Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates.

Make an Aquarium Donation

Our Capital Campaign gives you the opportunity to contribute a donation toward the completion of this incredible facility.  Anyone can donate and the Toledo Zoo needs your help to finish this exciting project.  If you would like to make an online donation to the Aquarium effort through our Capital Campaign payment center, we can accept pre-set payment amounts of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or $2,000.  Click here to make your online donation through our Capital Campaign.

To donate a specific amount of your choice, or to make arrangemnets for a pledge paid over multiple years, make a gift of appreciated stock…or become a business sponsor of an Aquarium display, contact Mary Fedderke, the Zoo’s Director of Institutional Advancement at (419) 385-5721, ext. 2074 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Thank you for your consideration and support!

Engraved Fish for the new Aquarium

Engraved Fish
Don’t miss your opportunity to commemorate a special person or occasion at the Toledo Zoo’s Aquarium when it re-opens on March 27, 2015. Purchase one of these attractive engraved fish for $300 (100% tax deductible) and add your own personal message to share with others while supporting a great cause!