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CLEVELAND -- Since swimming to life one year ago, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium says they are lowering admission prices based on a successful first year.
Since the watery attraction first debuted on Jan. 21, 2012, officials say they reached their projected attendance goal as 400,000 visitors splashed inside. They have also accumulated more than 35,000 annual passholders.
"Because of such success we, as an organization, were able to pay off much of our debt accumulated during the construction and beginning stages prior to opening our doors," a press release indicates. "As a result, we are now able to (and happy to) permanently restructure our general admission rates to $19.95/adult and $13.95/child. With this change you will also see a lowered senior rate of $17.95, a lowered military rate of $17.95 and a lowered group rate of $15.95/adult and $9.95/child for groups of 15 or more."
When the aquarium first debuted many people took to social media to express their negative feelings about the admission prices, which were $21.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 2-12.
The one-year anniversary celebration of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium also brought the announcement of a brand new exhibit set to debut in February -- "Sea Monsters."
"This is a unique exhibit that brings extreme ocean animal adaptations to life, and it will be on display at The Greater Cleveland Aquarium from February 16 through April 14, 2013," the press release states. "This interactive display developed by Mote Marine Laboratory offers a glimpse into some of the fascinating 'monster' characteristics of some sea animals through hands-on educational panels."
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium, which is located in the FirstEnergy Powerhouse at Nautica in the Flats, is the only free-standing aquarium in Ohio with 35 exhibits in 10 different galleries.
Their attendance goal for 2013 is also 400,000 guests.