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New York Aquarium Information
New York Aquarium Info
Adults - $14.95; Seniors - $11.95; Children under 12 - $10.95
Winter: Mon.-Sun. 10am–4:30pm; Spring: Mon.-Fri. 10am–5pm, Sat.-Sun. 10am–5:30pm; Summer: Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm, Sat.-Sun. 10am–7pm; Fall: Mon.-Fri. 10am–5pm, Sat.-Sun. 10am–5:30pm
When to Go:
All ages are welcome.
- The NY Aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
- Last entry into the New York Aquarium is 45 minutes prior to closing.
- The Aquarium in NY closes early in the winter.
New York Aquarium Quick Facts
- The NY Aquarium is located in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
- Friday afternoon admission to the NY Aquarium is by donation.
- All-day parking at the New York Aquarium costs $13.
Boardwalk & West 8th Street
Phone Number: 718.265.3474
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350 Species of Aquatic Wildlife at the New York Aquarium
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Features: Having opened in Battery Park, Manhattan, in 1896, the New York Aquarium stands as the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States. Now located on the boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn, this 14-acre New York institution houses over 350 species of aquatic wildlife and attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year.
Why We Go: A trip to the New York Aquarium is both fun and educational. Kids will enjoy watching the exotic wildlife exhibits, while adults will enjoy reading about the ocean and its inhabitants.
- Glover's Reef & Conservation Hall: At Glover's Reef & Conservation Hall, you'll have the chance to view yellowhead wrasses, blue chromises, eels, stingrays, and purple reef fish. The NY Aquarium Conservation Hall also features an exhibit of threatened amphibians, where you can learn about the White’s tree frog, Argentine horned frog, Malagasy tomato frog, and Oriental fire-bellied toad. You'll even be able to direct questions to volunteer divers, who will answer them while underwater.
- Planet Earth Shallow Seas 4D Experience: This epic eight-minute adventure, featured on site at the New York Aquarium, allows you to explore the world's most exciting coral reefs and shallow coastal waters, all in 4D. You'll surf the coast with bottlenose dolphins, track a mother humpback whale and her calf, and hunt alongside a band of sea snakes as they lure unsuspecting prey.
- Sharks: At the New York Aquarium, you'll have the opportunity to see some of the ocean's top predators up close (and even watch them feed!). Educational displays allow you to feel a shark's skin and bones and learn about the similarities between sharks and airplanes.
Inside Knowledge: The New York Aquarium opened on December 10, 1896. In 1902, it was admitted to the New York Zoological Society, which, under the leadership of Charles Haskins Townsend, helped enlarge the aquarium's wildlife collection. As of 1957, the aquarium has been a fixture in Brooklyn's Coney Island, attracting hundreds of thousands of people each year.
Do's and Don'ts:
- Do Take a Tour: The New York Aquarium proudly offers guided tours of the exhibits where visitors can hear directly from zookeepers about the animals on display and watch feeding demonstrations. Educational programs are also offered for those children and adults interested in learning "insider information" about the animals at the NY Aquarium.
- Do Socialize with Sealife: When you visit the New York Aquarium, be sure to check out the outdoor (or indoor, depending on the season) touch pool. Here you will have the chance to feel beach creatures with your own hands and chat with volunteers about sea life.
- Don't Miss the Sea Cliffs: One of the best NY attractions at the New York Aquarium is the Sea Cliffs exhibit. Here you'll have the chance to watch penguins, seals, otters, and walruses lounge about a 300-foot-long stretch of rocky coastline. Definitely arrange to view the exhibit at feeding time, when a trained walrus sucks herrings out of a giant straw and penguins bob for fish.
- Don't Forget the Sea Lions: What trip to the New York Aquarium would be complete without a visit to the sea lions? These multi-talented pinnipeds dive, dance, and give kisses for your amusement (and for a few tasty treats).