We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."
– Rockland County, NY, camp director


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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Looks closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).


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Chocolate Expo

Date: Sun., Jan 31

Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (two extra hours of chocolate!)

Discounted Price: $15 adult and $10 children

Shop for sweets for your sweetie or for yourself among sharks, seals, sea turtles and other marine animals when The Chocolate Expo takes over The Maritime Aquarium.

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The Expo, one of the largest consumer-oriented chocolate events in the United States, features about 40 of the region’s best chocolatiers and specialty-food vendors offering tastings and sales of their products. They’ll be set up throughout the Aquarium’s galleries.

The Maritime Aquarium stays open two hours longer than normal (from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) – and at a lower admission price than normal – making the event an outstanding value.

Expo producer Marvin Baum said The Chocolate Expo is for people who are serious about chocolate. “Vendors at the Expo typically offer small tasting-sized portions of their products,” Baum said. “Think of the chocolate tastings as you might think of a wine tasting at a winery: you get a small sample to try and get to talk with the person who made the product. If you like what you’ve tasted, you can purchase that product directly at the show for yourself or to give as gifts.”

Expo/Aquarium visitors enjoy not only traditional and gourmet chocolates – plus the always-popular chocolate fountain – but also unique offerings like chocolate tarts, chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate waffles and crepes, and even chocolate-scented bath soaps. Non-chocolate goodies will include gourmet crackers, gelatos, quiches, pickles, cotton candy, candy apples and more. 

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (extended hours)

Special admission price:  $15 adults, $10 children ages 3-12 (discounted admission).

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Aquarium Members Important Notice:
Aquarium Members receive a $2 discount (adult and child) on event/Aquarium admission this day. Senior member price is same as adult price. Sorry, but Aquarium members do not receive free admission for this special event. Member guest discounts do not apply.

Chocolate Expo, the Aquarium, free samples and celebrity chef demonstrations are ALL included in your admission.

Presenting sponsor:

Please note "Jiggle a Jelly" jellyfish touch exhibit is not be open during Chocolate Expo.  And there are no IMAX movies Jan. 31 because the theater hosts celebrity chef demonstrations.

Crowd notice: this event is very well attended. Busiest times are between noon and 4 p.m. Please plan accordingly. Parents find it more convenient to carry children or bring small strollers. 

Prospective vendors: if you are interested in exhibiting, please contact the promoter directly: 


Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem
and the global environment through
living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.


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