The Aquarium is now open!

Aquarium Grand Opening Weekend, March 27-29, 2015

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

At times, pending the amount of visitor traffic flow, strollers may be prohibited inside the Aquarium due to limited space. Stroller parking zones will be provided at locations near the Aquarium entrance.

The newly renovated Aquarium houses 3000+ aquatic animals in 178,000 gallons of water – nearly four times the volume as the previous Aquarium.  Although the two and half year renovation preserved the exterior of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)-era structure, the new Aquarium experience, from sleek sharks to glittering tropical fish, is like nothing seen before in this region.
      Touch a stingray with your own hands.
      Stand beside a sea turtle as it glides by.
      Talk to a diver inside The Reef, a huge 90,000-gallon exhibit generously supported by Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Every step leads you further into the mysteries that lurk underwater, from flooded forests of the Amazon and deep seas of the Pacific to fish that glow in the dark and sea nettles that kill with a touch.  Be sure to dive in when it all splashes into Toledo on March 27, 2015.

Old vs New

Below are some comaprisons between the old and new Aquarium:

Exhibit water volume:
Old: 46,000 gallons
New: 178,000 gallons

Largest Exhibit:
Old: 7,600 gallons
New: 90,000 gallons

Percentage of marine (saltwater) exhibits:
Old: 37%
New: 87%

What’s New?

Touch Tank and Ocean Lab

Visitors get close to sharks, rays, sea stars and more in a hands-on environment.

Photo by Andi Norman

The Reef

Generously supported by Owens-Illinois, Inc.

This tank will be the largest tank ever featured at the Toledo Zoo Aquarium with 90,000 gallons of water!

Photo by Jay Hemdal

Photo by Jay Hemdal

Gulf of Mexico

Featuring sharks, rays and a sea turtle, this is the Aquarium’s second-largest exhibit.  The sea turtle is part of a conservation education program to help wild turtles.

Photo by Jay Hemdal

Photo by Kandace York

Flooded Forests

From piranhas of South America’s Amazon ecosystem to Asia’s mangrove forests, aquatic life thrives in remarkable ways

Photo by Andi Norman

Kelp Forest

Leopard sharks and bat rays are among the featured species of this exhibit

Photo by Casey Cook

Deep Sea

Deep-sea creatures rarely seen in aquariums, like the giant Japanese spider crabs, have developed amazing adaptations to live in the crushing deep sea environments.

Photo by Sean Pavone from Dreamstime

Lake Erie Islands and Ohio Waterways

From tiny minnows to ancient sturgeon, these waters sport an amazing array of aquatic life.

Photo by Casey Cook

Visitor Favorites Return

Moon Jellies

Flashlight fish

Giant Pacific Octopus

Alligator snapping turtle

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.

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! 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!