Nautica Venues and Activities

Adventure and entertainment await you down at Cleveland’s Riverfront. Nautica Entertainment Complex offers activities for people of all ages. Come to unwind, learn, listen and dine – it’s all under one “umbrella” with Nautica!

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    FirstEnergy Powerhouse

    The FirstEnergy Powerhouse is a former power station transformed into a state-of-the-art aquarium, banquet facility and outdoor concert venue, surrounded by restaurants, a comedy club, office space and apartments. The FirstEnergy Powerhouse sits along the Cuyahoga River, next to Jacobs Pavilion concert venue, and offers spectacular views of the Cleveland skyline.

    This four-level brick structure, known for its smokestacks and arched windows, was constructed in the late 19th century to provide energy to power Cleveland’s electric railway and streetcar system. The structure, a National Historic Landmark, was totally renovated in the mid-1980s and is noted for its stylish arched windows and distressed brick walls.

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    Great Lakes Watersports

    Great Lakes Watersports is located along the boardwalk at the Nautica Entertainment Complex, on the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. Rents jet skis, boats and kayaks to go paddling, cruising, waterskiing or tubing on Lake Erie.

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    Greater Cleveland Aquarium

    The Greater Cleveland Aquarium features over 70,000 square feet of aquarium and aquarium-related uses, including 10 aquarium exhibition areas with 42 tanks, all integrated into the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse. The aquarium features Marinescape’s Seatube®, a world-class attraction that allows visitors to experience life under the sea in a clear, 145’ walk-through tunnel.

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    Improv Comedy Club

    The Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant is the premiere stage for live comedy in Cleveland. For more than two decades, the talent who has performed on the Cleveland stage represents the Who’s Who of American Standup Comedy. Comedians including Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Ellen DeGeneres, Jamie Foxx, Jeff Dunham, and, of course, Cleveland’s own Tammy Pescatelli and Drew Carey have taken the state at Improv. Come down and enjoy a night out with great food, delicious drinks, and BIG LAUGHS!

    Tel. 216.771.4386
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    Jacobs Pavilion

    Jacobs Pavilion plays host to some of the summer’s hottest concerts and special events in the Cleveland area. Nautica Entertainment Complex has attracted millions of people annually. Superstar artists including Ringo Starr, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, John Legend and The Black Keys have performed at this 5,000 seat entertainment venue. Enjoy concerts on Cleveland’s Riverfront at Jacobs Pavilion.

    For a complete listing of upcoming concerts at Jacobs Pavilion, view our events page.

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    McCarthy’s Ale House

    McCarthy’s Ale House is a place you go during the day and then back again at night. Always a good time. With a laid back atmosphere, huge beer selection and excellent food, McCarthy’s Downtown is Cleveland’s “home base”. Sports fans join us for all your home game pre-game festivities!

    Tel. 216.344.9099

  • Music Box Supper Club

    The Music Box is a two-story concert venue, restaurant and private events destination located on the West Bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland. We host well-known national touring musicians and local Northeast Ohio talent across our two stages – the downstairs Supper Club and the upstairs Concert Hall. Additionally, Music Box is a world-class restaurant serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week, drawing on locally sourced food products obtained through sustainable and ethical resources.

    Tel. 216-242-1250
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    Nautica Boardwalk

    The Nautica Boardwalk runs along the west bank of the Flats. The location offers another unique location to host an outdoor event and as part of Nautica Entertainment Complex, you’ll have access to other venues and activity.

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    Nautica Entertainment Complex

    Nautica Entertainment Complex’s 22-acre site boasts the best views of Cleveland’s dynamic skyline, from private patios and an endless boardwalk, that provide a stunning backdrop for any occasion. Home to the FirstEnergy Powerhouse, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Jacobs Pavilion, Nautica Queen dining and sightseeing cruise ship and Windows on the River, each destination location is distinct with its own personality and history. Discover the attraction the complex has with its full offerings and endless possibilities.

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    Nautica Queen

    Experience “Cleveland’s Favorite Cruise Dining Ship”. The Nautica Queen offers a unique adventure in lakefront and river cruise dining for people of all ages. Dining cruises include an unlimited buffet meal, coffee, tea or iced tea, and musical entertainment. You’ll travel under historic bridges and experience the breathtaking view of downtown Cleveland’s skyline. The Nautica Queen runs April through New Year’s Eve and is also available for charters.

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    Shooters On The Water

    From signature salads and sandwiches to pastas, seafood and Black Angus steaks, Shooters’ American contemporary food aims to please every palate. Shooters on the Water’s fresh, healthy ingredients are the center of its recipe for success. The drink menu includes Shooters’ famous ice-cream, frozen, tropical and non-alcoholic concoctions, coffee creations, a full selection of scotches and a well-rounded wine and beer list.

    Shooters is famous for its panoramic waterfront setting and casual dining atmosphere. Join us for your favorite dish combined with the best view along Cleveland’s Riverfront.

    Tel. 216.861.6900
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    The Rusty Anchor

    The Rusty Anchor at the Music Box is Cleveland’s finest new seafood restaurant. We’re right on Cleveland’s riverfront with amazing views of downtown Cleveland. Our menu focuses on seafood, steaks and chops, and draws on locally sourced food products obtained through sustainable and ethical resources. We have patio seating available right on the water!

    Tel. (216) 242-1250
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    Trolley Tours

    Cleveland’s Goodwill Ambassador since 1985, Lolly the Trolley offers year-round tour and transportation services for individuals, groups and events – Weddings, reunions, conventions and meetings are our specialties! The nationally known City Sightseeing Tour covers 20 miles and more than 100 points of interest. Reservations are required for all tours. Call us for information and press ”O” for a friendly person.

    Tel. 216.771.4484
    Toll-free: 800.848.0173
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    Windows On The River

    Only at Windows On The River do you find beautifully prepared and presented gourmet foods in an exquisite yet comfortable atmosphere, plus dazzling views of Cleveland’s unique signature bridges and sparkling skyline. Situated in the heart of the Flats, your guests will enjoy the best of Cleveland’s waterfront and nightlife before and after your event.

    Host your next event at this historic venue. For more information contact us at:

    Tel. 216.861.1445
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