"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

Fun & Learning

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Look 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).

Upcoming Events

Aquarium hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily | Café: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily | Gift Shop: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

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

Click here to view our Public Programs, Cruises, and IMAX movies.


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Shark-Diving Santa

Dates: most Thurs., Sat., & Sun. in December

Times:  12:15 and 2:15 p.m.

Cost:   free with admission

Santa joins the Aquarium’s dive team to demonstrate that sharks aren’t the blood-thirsty killers of myth. He'll strap on scuba gear and enter our 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit as part of our regular program that lets guests see and talk with volunteer divers swimming in the exhibit. Bring your camera!

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Visit Santa in His Fishing Village

Dates:  Dec. 16-17

Times:  11 a.m. - noon and 1-2 p.m.

During the month of December, our "Go Fish!" exhibit is being transformed into Santa's Fishing Village! Guests will be able to take a photo with Santa Claus in his fishing boat.

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Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises

First cruise of 2017-18: Sat., Dec. 16

Time:   2:30 p.m.

Cost:  $24.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium Members) 

Join us out on Long Island Sound Sound as we seek out some of the seals and waterfowl that spend their winters just off our shores! Memorable family fun but all participants must be at least 42 inches tall.

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"Noon" Year's Eve

Date:  Sun., Dec. 31

Times:   11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Cost:  most bonus offerings free with admission

End the year – including a countdown to 12 o’clock … noon – with special family fun at the Aquarium! Join us for a day of activities geared for families with young children who want to celebrate the end of 2017 together, but not at the stroke of midnight.

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Reciprocal Admission to CT Science Center

When:  Month of January

We're excited to announce this special reciprocal offer with the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford!  In January only, Maritime Aquarium Members can flash their Aquarium membership card for free entry to the Science Center.

Science Center members are able to use their Science Center membership card to get free admission to The Maritime Aquarium for the month of January as well.

Please note: Jan. 1 - Jan. 15, standard IMAX movies will not be shown so that the Aquarium can present "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." 

Membership cards and photo IDs required at both locations.

Get details about a Maritime Aquarium membership here.

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Sensory-Friendly Morning

Date:  Sun., Jan. 7

Time:  8 a.m. - noon

For some, the Aquarium is a place with too many stimuli. So we're offering special mornings to give guests with sensory-processing differences a fun, comfortable and accepting environment. We are also opening two hours early each morning and offering two special IMAX® movie presentations.


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Maritime with a Twist

Save the Date: Thurs., Jan. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Join us for a fun adults-only evening to enjoy the food and drink of SoNo's best restaurants. This upbeat celebration for adults 21+ also allows guests to enjoy the Aquarium's newest attractions while listening to a live Jazz band.

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LEGO® Weekend

Dates:  Jan. 27-28

Time:  10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Help LEGO® experts create an enormous Aquarium-themed scene using everyone’s favorite building blocks during “LEGO Weekend!"


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"Strive for the Gold" Weekend

Dates:  Feb. 17-19

Time:  10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Amidst the world games occurring in Pyeongchang, South Korea, there also are medals to be won Presidents Day weekend at The Maritime Aquarium!

The Aquarium’s “Strive for the Gold Weekend” will invite guests to take part in bonus activities, some of which test their skills in comparison to those of aquatic animals.


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Fish School - FREE Open House for Educators

Date:  Wed., Feb. 28

Time:  4 - 7 p.m.

Teachers and administrators are invited to come learn about all the educational resources available here at The Maritime Aquarium. See program demonstrations, visit exhibits, tour our research vessel, screen an IMAX movie and more - all for free!

Advance registration required. Online Registration coming soon.

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