It's all within an easy walk of the [train] station too – including The Maritime Aquarium, the one relatively new building in the group and the one that enables grownups to enjoy browsing and shopping while still entertaining the children."
– The New York Times
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Sea Star Fun Fact

Try not to call these cool shoreline creatures "starfish." Sea stars aren't fish, so the proper name is "sea star."  (Similarly, call them jellies, not jellyfish.)



Visit the Aquarium

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.

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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
Norwalk, CT 06854          
Phone: 203.852.0700

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Aquarium Hours

10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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.


Visitor reviews


Rated a Top 25 U.S. Aquarium
#1 in New England

To learn what other visitors have to say, please read our TripAdvisor Reviews. And we encourage you to post a review when you return home as well. Other folks and families value your opinion, as does Aquarium management. Thank you!

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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.


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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