Situated in Cleveland’s historic riverfront Flats district, the Nautica Entertainment Complex has been attracting millions of visitors annually since 1987. Anchored by two dramatic jackknife bridges, the Complex offers exceptional dining and exhilarating entertainment in a dramatic setting where you can see giant lake freighters maneuver the Cuyahoga River.
The hub of the Complex is the First Energy Powerhouse. This National Historic Landmark, which originally powered Cleveland’s electric railway and streetcar system, is now home to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Windows on the River and the Trolley Tours. The IMPROV Comedy Club and Restaurant and Shooters on the Water, a popular casual restaurant offering entertainment and panoramic river views are located in the Sugar Warehouse. The Apartments at Nautica building with McCarthy’s Downtown and the Nautica Charity Poker Festivals are within walking distance. Also, located along the river’s edge of the Complex are Jacobs Pavilion, a 5,000 seat outdoor amphitheater, the half-mile Nautica Boardwalk and the dock for the the Nautica Queen, Cleveland’s popular dining and sightseeing cruise ship.
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The Greater Cleveland Aquarium, a tenant in the First Energy Powerhouse, features over 70,000 square feet of aquarium and aquarium-related uses, including 10 aquarium exhibition areas with 42 tanks integrated into the Powerhouse. The main attraction at the aquarium is the Marinescape’s Seatube®, a world-class attraction that allows visitors to experience life under the sea in a clear, 145’ walk-through tunnel. It is the only freestanding aquarium in Ohio.
Visitors can enjoy an interactive experience and water-filled journey as they observe thousands of living creatures. From the Ohio-native brook trout, to the ferocious piranhas, as well as sand tiger sharks that can reach more than seven feet long. The shark tank delights guests with sharks, eels, seahorses and a wide variety of saltwater wonders, and often with scuba divers who interact with guests.
Jacobs Pavilion, located within the Nautica Entertainment Complex, plays host to some of the hottest summer concerts and special events in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Superstar artists including Ringo Starr, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, and 2011 Grammy winners John Legend and The Black Keys have performed at this 5,000 seat entertainment venue. Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. also has a staff of event planners that are experienced with designing and orchestrating large events involving Jacobs Pavilion and the FirstEnergy Powerhouse.
There is a reason Shooters on the Water has become the “hot spot” for casual waterfront dining in Cleveland, Ohio. It‘s more than a restaurant. It’s an eating and drinking experience that combines indoor and patio dining with spectacular entertainment and a panoramic waterfront setting. Their sound and light shows have entertained boaters and dining guests for years. During the holiday and winter seasons, the restaurant and patio become an electronic Winter Wonderland. Their multitude of windows allows guests to behold the breathtaking panoramic views of the historic Flats and Nautica Entertainment Complex as the lights from the show and surrounding illuminated bridges dance across the frozen waters.
The Improv Comedy Club and Restaurant is the premiere stage for live comedy in Cleveland, Ohio. For more than two decades, the talent who has performed on the Cleveland stage represents the Who’s Who of American Standup Comedy. Comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Jamie Foxx, Jeff Dunham, and of course, Cleveland’s own Tammy Pescatelli and Drew Carey have all performed on the legendary Improv stage.
Cleveland’s Goodwill Ambassador since 1985, Lolly the Trolley is based in the First Energy Powerhouse at the Nautica Entertainment Complex. This classic way to see the sights offers year-round tours and transportation services for individuals, groups and events. The nationally-recognized City Sightseeing Tour covers 20 miles and more than 100 points of interest. The special Holiday Lights Tour includes a tour of the holiday lights throughout downtown Cleveland and a visit to the house where the movie A Christmas Story was filmed.