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 got a chance to investigate, interact with and, of course, learn about."

– Rockland County, NY, camp director

Kids and Families

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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).



Public Programs

NOTE: Programs are sometimes canceled or substituted with little or no notice. Check our "Today's Events" page at on your smart phone when you arrive.


Junior Marine Biologist 1 series for ages 10-13

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays from Oct. 18 - Nov. 15. 
We're taking one of our most popular summer-camp programs and offering it as a series of Saturday sessions this fall!  Highlights will be designing, constructing and maintaining a group aquarium with live animals. We'll also discover the amazing properties of water, use scientific probes to monitor water quality, dissect squid and fish, and peer into microscopes to view the unseen world of Long Island Sound.

Participants sign up for the five-session program; not for individual Saturdays. Each week they should bring a lunch, a snack and an excited curiosity about the marine world.  Medical forms are required of each youth.


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Cost: $450 ($400 for Aquarium members). Advance registration required. Limited to 30 participants. Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.


Study Cruises on Long Island Sound

At 1 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays in September & October! Cruise out with us aboard the Aquarium's research vessel for memorable hands-on explorations of Long Island Sound's marine life: with a variety of animals brought up right onto the boat (May-October) or to look for some of the seals & waterfowl that winter in the Sound (December-April).  

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Shark Dives

Scheduled Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 12:15 & 2:15 p.m.

NOTE: Our Aquarium Dive Team is an all-volunteer crew. Dives may sometimes be cancelled with short or no notice due to availability. Where possible, they will substitute a "meet the diver" experience.

Would you jump into a tank of water filled with 6- and 7-foot sharks? Actually, it can be done – bloodlessly – because sharks aren't really the aggressive man-eaters of popular myth. Come see for yourself when The Maritime Aquarium's dive team spends some quality time among the sand tiger sharks, lemon shark and other creatures of the 110,000-gallon "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Thanks to a cool communication link, you can even talk with the divers while they're in the exhibit with the sharks! They'll tell you that sharks should be respected ... but not feared.

FREE with Aquarium admission.

See what our volunteer divers see in this video:


“Behind-the-Scenes Tours”

On the third Saturday of every month, at 8:15 a.m. 
Operating the aquarium is a complicated production that must satisfy more than 1,000 animals with varying requirements for food, water temperatures and salinities, and more. See how it’s all done when you visit our jellyfish “nursery” and the “fish kitchen,” where meals for our residents are prepared. We’ll go above the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit, where you can look down on the sharks in their 110,000-gallon tank ... and even toss in some fish for them to eat! And feel the tickle as you hand-feed the cow-nosed rays!
Participants must be 10 years and older. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. "Behind-the-Scenes Tours" cost $25 ($22.50 for Aquarium members) Does NOT include Aquarium admission. There is a maximum of 25 people per tour. Advance reservations strongly recommended. Walk-up sales are accepted.

For reservations, Purchase tickets online (click on the date you wish to come) or call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. Space is limited.

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Marine Debris Station

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 8-9 and 22-23
Stop by the station to learn about the serious issue of marine debris (especially plastic bags and plastic water bottles), take a pledge to do your part to use re-usable water bottles and shopping bags, and then (optional; $5) make a re-usable shopping bag out of our old IMAX and exhibit banners. 

Water Quality Station

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nov. 1-2, 15-16 and 29-30
Rain can wash excess fertilizer, dog feces and other pollutants off our lawns. But where does it all end up? Yes, in Long Island Sound. Stop by our Water Quality Station to watch this happen in a tabletop demonstration, and to learn the best place to wash your car and the best way to maintain a healthy lawn and a healthy Sound. Plus, touch a live diamondback terrapin, and purchase a soil testing kit ($1) that will give you an analysis of your lawn from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. 


Toy Boat-Making Workshop

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays
Visit the Toy Boat-Making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your Maritime Aquarium visit. Cost: $5 per child (in addition to Aquarium admission).



The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound
and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,
it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

10 North Water Street          Norwalk, CT 06854          Phone: 203.852.0700         Fax: 203.838.5416

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation


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