We're Open!

Updated December 31, 2021

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 Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state of Connecticut guidance while still ensuring our visitors enjoy an entertaining and educational experience.

As always, when you visit, our staff and signage will help guide you through the Aquarium so that you have a smooth experience, but there are some changes that you need to know both before you visit and while you are here.

Planning Your Visit


Hours of Operation

The Maritime Aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 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.) 

Ticketing and Entry

Tickets must be purchased online prior to your visit until further notice. This includes member reservations.

Click here for GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETs or member reservation

Things to keep in Mind

  • Arrival times are listed in 30-minute increments, however, there is no time limit to your visit.
  • The last ticket will be sold 1 hour prior to closing.
  • Re-entry is only allowed within the timed ticket period.
  • All guests enter and exit through designated doors at our Main Entrance next to the bus circle.
  • The queue to enter the Aquarium is outdoors.
  • A staff member will check your reservation receipt. You may provide your receipt on your mobile device or a printed hard copy. There will be no exchange of items (i.e. tickets, maps membership cards).
  • A hand sanitizing station is available upon entry to the Aquarium, guests are encouraged to use this station prior to starting their visit.

Mask Requirements

The safety of our animals, staff and guests – especially the many children who visit – is our top priority. The Maritime Aquarium continues to require that all guests age 2 and older must wear a face mask, no matter their vaccination status. Thank you for your support.

The Maritime Aquarium reserves the right to deny access to our facility if a guest, member, employee or volunteer refuses to participate in these regulations at any time during their visit.

While You Visit the Aquarium


Touch Experiences

All animal touch tanks and digital touchscreen experiences are open!

  • All guests are expected to utilize our hand washing stations before and after any touch experience.


Restrooms and the nursing area are open to the public.

  • Restrooms are cleaned frequently using the recommended guidelines from the C.D.C.

Gift Shop

Our Gift Shop is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Following all State of Connecticut regulations for retail shops.
  • Contactless payment options are available.


Cascade Café

  • Prepackaged and made-to-order food is available.
  • Self-serve drink stations are closed until further notice. Bottled and canned beverages are available for sale. Coffee will be made to order by the café attendant.
  • Condiments and cutlery will be provided on request by the café attendant.

Sound Bites Cafe

  • Located in the 4D Theater lobby, this coffee shop - a We Proudly Serve Starbucks® location - serves Starbuck's full menu of hot and cold drinks!
Click Here for More Information including Hours

Lost and Found

Until further notice, only high-value lost items will be held for reclaim. If you have lost one of these items during your visit please notify a team member.

These items include the following:

  • Jewelry
  • Cell Phones
  • Cameras
  • iPad
  • Wallets

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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