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- Long Island Sound
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
Easy access from I-95 or Metro North Railroad, convenient covered parking next door, warm and spacious with an on-site cafe, gift shop and ATM, the Aquarium is a most excellent family outing, date or solo visit! We were named a Top 25 U.S. Aquarium, rated #1 in New England, by TripAdvisor travelers.
The Maritime Aquarium is the only aquarium devoted to Long Island Sound, the “Estuary of National Significance” just outside our doors. As an arm of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sound is an environment rich in aquatic life … even within sight of heavily urbanized New York City.
The marine population we exhibit includes varieties of sharks, big and small, stingrays, harbor seals, sea turtles, game fish, jellies, crabs, lobsters, mollusks and more. We also exhibit tropical travelers that follow the Gulf Stream north to our waters. Plus we have some other fun animals, from those with "dragon" in their names to meerkats. We offer lots of touch experiences including stingrays, sharks, jellyfish and intertidal animals.
We have the largest IMAX® movie screen in Connecticut showing documentary films daily.
You can also take a boat cruise out on Long Island Sound on our Research Vessel "Spirit of the Sound™" the only hybrid-electric powered R/V in the country. Visit our cruises page here.
Metro-North RR offers a discounted Getaway Package: click here for more information. We're just a 10-minute walk from the South Norwalk station.
Make a day or weekend of your visit! The Aquarium also is in the heart of Norwalk's fun South Norwalk, SoNo, neighborhood, with lots of shops, restaurants and nightclubs. Click on Area Attractions for more.
At a glance...
The Maritime Aquarium
10 North Water Street
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Note: we close at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve days.
From July 1 - Labor Day, we stay open until 6 p.m. daily.
Rated a Top 25 U.S. Aquarium