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New York Aquarium

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Sea Lion Encounter at New York Aquarium

Sea Lion Encounter at New York Aquarium

Photo by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

New York Aquarium in Brief:

Located along the Boardwalk near Brooklyn's Coney Island, the New York Aquarium is New York City's only aquarium. With over 8,000 animals on exhibit, the aquarium strives to educate visitors about aquatic ecosystems and encourage visitors to advocate for their preservation.

New York Aquarium Basics:

  • Location: Surf Avenue and West 8th Street in Brooklyn
  • Subways: F/Q Train to West 8th Street Station in Coney Island, Brooklyn
  • Phone: 718-265-FISH
  • Official Website: http://www.nyaquarium.com

New York Aquarium Admission:

  • Reduced admission during re-building: $9.95 for guests ages 3 & up
  • $13 for Adults
  • $9 for Children 3-12
  • $10 for Seniors (65+)
  • Free for Children under 3
  • Free for Members
  • Admission by donation on Fridays starting at 3 in the fall/winter/spring and starting at 4 in the summer

New York Aquarium Hours:

  • Winter Hours: (early November - early April) 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Spring Hours: (early April - late May) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays
  • Summer Hours: (late May - early September) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays
  • Fall Hours: (early September - early November) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays
  • The zoo is open every day, year round
  • Last admission sold 45 minutes before closing

Things to Do at the New York Aquarium:

  • Visit the Touch Tank exhibits for a hands-on experience
  • Animal feedings are scheduled throughout the day for sharks, penguins, walrus and sea otters.
  • Visit the Aquatheater for marine mammal demonstrations.
  • The Seaside Cafe offers a variety of meals and snacks for visitors

New York Aquarium Tips:

  • There are volunteers throughout the New York Aquarium to answer your questions or give you an overview of an exhibit
  • Pay attention to the feeding and Aquatheater schedule at the entrance
  • You'll have to walk outside between the various buildings, so dress for the weather
  • It will take about 2 hours to check out the various exhibits and demonstrations at the New York Aquarium.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are easily accommodated throughout the New York Aquarium
  • Smoking is prohibited at the New York Aquarium

About the New York Aquarium:

The New York Aquarium first opened on December 10, 1896 in Lower Manhattan. The Lower Manhattan location closed in 1941 (though the animals were housed at the Bronx Zoo in the meantime), and its current Coney Island home first opened on June 6th, 1957.

The New York Aquarium is home to over 350 species of aquatic wildlife, with more than 8,000 specimens on display. The collection features aquatic animals from around the world -- some living as close by as the Hudson River, and others who call the Arctic home.

Children and adults alike will enjoy the opportunity to inspect and interact with aquatic animals closeup at the New York Aquarium. Whether you're watching walruses at the underwater viewing areas or touching horseshoe crabs, the New York Aquarium offers visitors a better understanding of the animals that make their homes in water around the world.

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