Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Greater Cleveland Aquarium To Offer Discounted Admission Next Month on Talk Like a Pirate Day

Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 11:53 AM

  • Courtesy of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Way back in 1995, John Bauer and Mark Summers proclaimed Sept. 19 should forever be known as a day when we should all talk like pirates. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium has embraced the resulting International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) and makes it a point to celebrate the date each year.

“While admittedly bilge-sucking freebooters’ lingo could get a bit salty, we promise to keep this swashbuckling under-the-sea adventure family friendly for the wee lads and lassies,” says Bruce Orendorf, Director of Artistic Production and Operations, in a press release.

If you come to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium on Sept. 19 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. dressed as a pirate and/or figure out your pirate name, you’ll save $5 on same-day admission. There will be scheduled opportunities to quiz underwater SCUBA divers at 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and to feed the stingrays at 3 p.m. In addition, special ITLAPD Aquarium adventures include the chance to make and race a pirate-themed soap ship and an excuse to try out a few basic pirate phrases and meet mascot land shark Finn.

“We’ll unfurl the Jolly Roger and let you keep a few doubloons in your coffers,” jokes Orendorf, noting that pirate lingo has a few surprising subtleties. “The phrase ‘arrrr!’ can mean ‘yes, I agree’ or ‘I’m happy,’ but it should not to be confused with ‘arrrgh!,” which is the sound you’d make if something heavy such as a cannonball or a treasure chest fell squarely on your big toe!”

Sign up for Scene's weekly newsletters to get the latest on Cleveland news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.

Tags: , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of The Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Talk Like A Pirate Day

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation