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Aquariums in the New York Area

Aquariums in the New York Area

Here are the aquariums in the New York area—as well as Connecticut and New Jersey—complete with their reopening dates, adjusted hours, and safety precautions.

Aquariums throughout the New York area (and in Connecticut and New Jersey) are opening once again, with many already open with new safety precautions and adjusted hours. Check out this list of aquariums in the New York area where you’ll encounter the many wonders of the sea, including sharks, sting rays, moon jellies, clown fish, and even beluga whales. If you’re feeling daring, you’ll have to visit the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey to walk across the suspension bridge that hangs over a 21-foot-deep shark tank!

Click on the links above to view aquariums in your preferred area!

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Aquariums in NYC

New York Aquarium 

602 Surf Ave., Coney Island
Hours: Through July 1: Daily, 10am-6pm (last entry at 5pm). July 2-Sept. 6: Sunday-Thursday, 10am-6pm (last entry at 5pm), Friday-Saturday, 10am-8pm (last entry at 7pm)
Admission: Monday-Thursday: $26.95; $24.95 seniors ages 65 and older; $22.95 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger. Friday-Sunday: $29.95; $26.95 seniors ages 65 and older; $24.95 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

The New York Aquarium, part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, is home to 350 marine species and 18 sharks and ray species on 14 acres on Coney Island.

Aquariums on Long Island

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium 

1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
Hours: Daily, 10am-5pm; June-August: open till 6pm Saturday-Sunday. Fishing by reservation only; visit website for more information.
Admission: $7; $6 seniors ages 65 and older; $5 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger and members

This nonprofit center is dedicated to educating visitors about the freshwater ecosystems of New York. It has the largest living collection of New York state freshwater reptiles, fish, and amphibians. Tour two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds, or feed the hungry trout.

Long Island Aquarium 

431 E. Main St., Riverhead
631-208-9200 x426
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. Beginning July 1: daily, 10am-5pm
Admission: $39.99; $29.99 seniors ages 62 and older; $27.99 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger. 

Features one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in this hemisphere, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, year-round sea lion shows, numerous touch tanks, butterflies from all over the world, and more than 100 exhibits and interactive experiences, including Shark Dive, Penguin Encounter, Pirate Snorkel, and Shark Keeper. Plus, for an extra fee, you can board the Atlantis Explorer for a 2-hour cruise. 

Aquariums in Connecticut

Maritime Aquarium

10 N. Water St., Norwalk
Hours: Daily, 10am-5pm; Members-only hours: Monday, 10-11am
Admission: $28.95; $24.95 seniors ages 65 and older; $19.95 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3. Guests are highly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online.

The Maritime Aquarium is a landmark in Connecticut and home to nearly 75 live exhibits featuring more than 2,700 marine animals of 300 species including jellyfish, sharks, tortoises, quail, porcupines, and sea bass. For an extra fee, you can see a movie in the aquarium’s 4-D theater or board the Marine Life Encounter Cruise.

Mystic Aquarium 

55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic
Hours: Daily, 9am-6pm
Admission: $22.99-40.99; $28.74-$35.74 seniors; $24.49-$30.49 children ages 3-13; free for children age 2 and younger; see website for details. All guests must reserve tickets in advance online.

Mystic Aquarium is home to thousands of species of marine mammals, fish, invertebrates, and reptiles. Exhibits include beluga whales, sea lions, seals, sharks, penguins, octopi, clownfish, seahorses, sting rays, and jellyfish.

SeaQuest Trumbull 

5065 Main St., Suite 1106, Trumbull
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11am-7pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 11an-6pm
Admission: $17.95; $14.95 military, students, and ages 55 and older; $11.95 children ages 2-11

Seaquest Trumbull aquarium introduces you to thousands of animals from the rainforest, desert, and depths of the sea. You’ll learn about animals and their ecosystems, hand-feed sharks, get swarmed by birds, hold a snake, and come face-to-face with iguanas. Snorkeling experiences are available as well.

Aquariums in New Jersey

Jenkinson’s Aquarium

300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach
Hours: Daily, 10am-10pm
Admission: $15; $10 seniors ages 65 and older; $9 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger

The aquarium’s exhibits give visitors the opportunity to get up close to animals from all over the world, including African penguins, harbor seals, local sea life, turtles, parrots, and sharks. For an extra fee, visitors can also participate in animal encounters to meet penguins and sloths. 

Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Drive, Camden
Hours: Daily, 9am-5pm (last entry at 2:30pm Monday-Friday; last entry at 3:30pm Saturday-Sunday)
Admission: $31.99-$34.99; $29.99-$32.99 seniors ages 65 and older; $21.99 children ages 2-12. Reservations required.

Attractions include Caribbean Currents, Creature Feature, Hippo Haven, the KidZone, Little Blue Beach, Ocean Realm, Penguin Park, Piranha Falls, Sea Turtle Cove, Shark Realm, Stingray Beach Club, Gill’s Grotto, and Touch A Shark. You can even walk just inches above the 21-foot deep Shark Realm exhibit on a V-shaped rope suspension bridge.

New Jersey Sea Life Aquarium

1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford
Hours: Through July 1: daily, 10am-6:30pm (last entry at 6pm). Starting July 2: Sunday-Thursday, 10am-7pm (last entry at 6pm); Friday-Saturday, 10am-9pm (last entry at 8pm)
Admission: Online prices: $28.99; $23.99 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger.

This NYC-themed aquarium, dubbed the City Under the Sea, features exhibits with a nod to NYC’s most memorable moments—like Times Square, Fifth Avenue, rush hour, and Studio 54. Visitors will see sharks, sting rays, jellyfish, clownfish, sea horses, starfish, and more.

Aquarium Live Streams

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Access ten live cams displaying different Monterey Bay exhibits including sea otters, jellyfish, the open ocean, and more. Streaming from 10am-10pm ET.

Long Island Aquarium

Stream the Coral Cam, the Long Island Aquarium's 15-year-old reef exhibit.

Wildlife Conservation Society

The Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo are sharing animal content like videos, virtual learning, and Instagram stories visiting animals to bring the zoo to you. Visit this page to stay updated.

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium offers nine live, underwater live streams, including the Ocean Voyager cam where you'll get to see the magestic Whale Shark in action.

The Florida Aquarium

Rewatch SeaSpan episodes, where you'll see a virtual tour of galleries, animal exhibits throughout the aquarium, storytimes, and more.

New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium has a variety of videos featuring aquarists, animal feedings, and behind-the-scenes animal care on its Facebook page.

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Explore various Ripley's exhibits including the Ray Bay, Reef Shark tank, and sea turtles on Facebook Live

Main Image courtesy Maritime Aquarium

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