Plan Your Visit

Here's what you need to know before you visit The Maritime Aquarium!

Current Visitor Guidelines

The health and safety of our guests and staff have always been and will remain the top priority of The Maritime Aquarium. We have implemented COVID-19 protocols based on the Center for Disease Control (C.D.C.) and state of Connecticut guidance while still ensuring our visitors enjoy an entertaining and educational experience.

Click Here for current guidelines on visiting the Aquarium

Hours of Operation

The Maritime Aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Aquarium is only closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. (Also please note that we close at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve.) 

Aquarium Admission Tickets

Although no longer required, we strongly recommend purchasing tickets online in advance of your visit. When purchasing Aquarium admission, arrival times are listed in 30-minute increments, however, there is no time limit to your visit. The last arrival time is 1 hour prior to closing.  

AQUARIUM ADMISSION PRICES

Adults (age 13-64): $28.95, Children (age 3-12): $19.95, Seniors (age 65+): $24.95

4D THEATER TICKET PRICES

$7 per person ($6 for members)

CLICK HERE TO BUy Aquarium Admission Tickets

 


Online ticket purchases are not refundable. Prices subject to change without notice. Exhibit availability subject to change without notice. 

Member Reservations

Although no longer required, we strongly recommend Aquarium members secure their spot online in advance of their visit. When making a reservation, arrival times are listed in 30-minute increments, however, there is no time limit. The last arrival time is 1 hour prior to closing.  

CLICK HERE TO Reserve Your Spot

4D Theater

The Maritime Aquarium's state-of-the-art cinematic experience will send the action spilling off the two-story screen and over the audience with thrill-enhancing sensory special effects, such as scents, bubbles, wind, mists and more!

WEEKENDS & HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
  • Films alternate every 20 minutes beginning with BBC Earth’s OCTOPUS: Blue Planet II 4D Experience at 10:20 a.m.
WEEKDAY SCHEDULE
  • Happy Feet 4D Experience plays at 10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 1:45, 2:45 & 3:45.

  • BBC Earth’s OCTOPUS: Blue Planet II 4D Experience plays at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 & 4:15

CLICK HERE TO Purchase 4D Tickets

Popular Visit Times

If you need help deciding what arrival time to choose, take a look at our most popular visitation times!

Weekdays

Weekends & Holidays

How to Get Here

Click the map below for directions
Where to Park

The Norwalk Parking Authority has more than 1,400 spaces available in three facilities all located within one block of the Aquarium! Norwalk Parking »

Maritime Garage (Vehicle height restriction: 7'2")

This facility offers 769 spaces and is located directly across from the Aquarium on North Water Street between Ann and Marshall streets. You are encouraged to bring your parking ticket down with you because payments are made in the garage's elevator lobby before you return to your vehicle. As an added convenience, payments are also accepted via MasterCard or VISA from your vehicle when exiting the garage. Simply, insert your ticket into the receptacle and follow the directions on the screen. Click here for rates.

North Water Street Lot

Located at the corner of North Water and Washington streets, this lot has 60 parking spaces. Payment is required in advance at the automated pay station located under the shelter on the boardwalk. Please note your parking space number and follow the payment instructions on the pay station. Space permitting, this lot also serves as the oversized vehicle parking location. Click here for rates.

Webster Lot

600 spaces are available in this facility located one block from the Aquarium on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard between South Main and West Washington streets. This lot also serves as the oversized vehicle facility. Click here for rates.

School or Charter Bus Parking

Click here to download bus directions and parking brochure.

Public Transportation

Metro-North Railroad

The Maritime Aquarium is a one-hour train ride from Grand Central Station. Get off at South Norwalk. Exit and walk down the driveway, turning right onto Monroe Street. Walk to the light and turn left onto South Main Street. At the next light, make a right onto Washington Street and proceed to the first light, where you will turn left onto North Water Street.

Discounted Train & Aquarium ticket packages are available from Metro-North at any ticket office or full-service ticket machine (except South Norwalk station).

Price varies by departure location. For more information go to: Metro-North Packages

Norwalk Transit Buses

The city of Norwalk offers public bus transportation. There are stops in South Norwalk. Go to Norwalk Transit for more details.

Microtransit: Wheels2U

Introducing a new way to get around Downtown Norwalk. Wheels2U is a new shuttle service that will come to your location, pick you up and bring you where you want to go. Like a taxi or an Uber... Download the free app and we'll pick you up in minutes. Click here to learn more.

By Boat

Tie up at the Norwalk Visitors Dock located on the starboard side as you're heading in, immediately before the Strofolino/Washington Street Bridge. (Fees are minimal. Call 203.854.7806.) Walk across the bridge into South Norwalk, and The Maritime Aquarium is immediately on your right. 

Visiting with a Group of 10 or More?

Group pricing is available for Schools, Summer Camps, Scouts, Students and Chaperones. 

Click here to learn more about group discounts

SNAP EBT Discount

Participants in the SNAP food-assistance program can receive deep discounts on admission to The Maritime Aquarium. 

Click Here to Learn More

Personal Items

  • Guests may bring strollers, wheelchairs and backpacks from home.
  • Certified service animals are allowed at the Aquarium, however, for the safety of our animals, we do not allow pets or emotional support animals.
  • Costumes with full masks or head coverings are prohibited unless they are required for religious purposes or to honor cultural traditions are allowed.
  • Weapons, even with permits, are not allowed on-premises. 
  • Smoking is not allowed on Aquarium premises. 

Accessibility

The Maritime Aquarium warmly welcomes all of our guests. We provide a variety of services, accommodations, and frequently asked questions for individuals and groups with special needs. 

Click here to learn more about accessibility at the Aquarium

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather, this website may not always communicate the latest information about delayed openings or early closings. Please call (203) 852-0700 or visit our Facebook page.

Community Support Ticket Package

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a non-profit organization and relies upon donors and visitors to fund our mission. Supporting other non-profits in our community, we offer a discounted community support ticket package available to qualified organizations. You must provide your I.R.S Determination Letter. Purchase a community support ticket package of four Aquarium admission tickets for $28.95 from any cashier here at the Aquarium. The community support ticket package is not available online or over the phone. Registration is required. Only one package is issued per organization per fiscal year: July 1 – June 30. Also, the total number of tickets available for community support is limited on an annual basis.

Our goal is to support bona fide community organizations in our Aquarium's sphere of influence. This special ticket package may not be used the same day of purchase or given to your organization's employees. We reserve the right to refuse this offer to anyone.

If your organization does not qualify, another wonderful option is to purchase a Maritime Aquarium gift card good for Aquarium admission or cruises aboard our hybrid-electric research vessel for a truly unique auction item. Gift Cards can be purchased here at the Aquarium. We appreciate your support. Like your non-profit organization, we rely upon generous donors, in quantities small and large, to accomplish our mission.

For more information, please contact Angelica at avargas@maritimeaquarium.org or 203.852.0700, extension 2216.

Our Mission

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.


Contact Us

Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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