New York Aquarium


New York’s famed Aquarium, part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, spans 14 beachfront acres in Coney Island. It houses more than 10,000 fish and other marine creatures, including giant sea turtles, playful California sea otters and 400-pound tiger sharks. Visitors may explore conservation efforts in 16 habitats, from the Glover’s Reef to the Amazon River and from ocean depths to dry desert climates. Popular attractions include the Aquatheater, where sea lions take center stage, as well as Explore the Shore, Alien Stingers and Sea Cliffs, indoor installations with video displays and hands-on exhibits.

The Aquarium’s many exhibits appeal to children of all ages who want to explore the magic and mystery of the marine world. Even the youngest children enjoy seeing these marine animals so closely. Daily feeding demonstrations and Aquatheater shows are especially well-suited to this age group. In addition to visiting the many exhibits, families can enjoy special demonstrations. Parent/toddler and preschool programs, family programs on penguins and sharks, and seashore arts and crafts are perennial favorites. During the summer, the Marine Explorer (for children ages 6 to 9) and Junior Oceanographer (for youngsters ages 10 to 13) programs bring kids close to the animals and their keepers. Adult workshops on home aquarium care help parents bring aquatic life into their homes. Program fees vary, but always include admission. Aquarium birthday parties can be arranged; reservations should be made at least three months in advance. Please note that party reservations are accepted for September through May only.

Family Admission: Varies with program

Workshops, guided tours and special behind-the-scenes programs enliven students’ understanding of marine life and environments. Programs are age-appropriate, from songs and art activities for children in Pre-Kindergarten and  kindergarten to tours of the tanks and in-depth beach exploration for high school students. The Aquarium provides previsit materials for all classes and has an ongoing schedule of teachers’ workshops. The Brown Bag resource kit, includes 10 curriculum units providing activity ideas, and elementary information.

School Admission: $140-$170 per group (admission included)
School Program Location: At facility only

Services

  • ADA Compliant Restrooms
  • Box Office
  • Disability Access
  • Fully accessible; wheelchairs available on a first come, first served basis

  • Disability Assistance
  • Hearing: Assistive listing devices available Vision: Some exhibits include touch components

  • Gift Shops
  • Giftshop Souvenirs, T-shirts, books

  • On-Site Food
  • Indoor seaside cafe and summertime outdoor snack bars; bag lunches permitted

  • On-Site Parking
  • On-site lot; $12 per car, $12 per bus

  • Public Phone
  • Space Rental
  • From weddings to corporate events, call (718) 714-3836 or email events@wcs.org

  • Tours
  • By reservation only.

Special Offers

  • General Notice
  • Group Discount
  • Admission on Fridays from 3 pm to closing is pay-what-you-wish. Every dollar you give supports caring for animals at the New York Aquarium and around the world. Group-rate tickets can be purchased at least two weeks in advance of visit; call (718) 741-1818.

    This offer is ongoing


New York Aquarium

502 Surf Avenue

(at West 8th Street)

Brooklyn, NY 11224

(718) 265-3474

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Directions:

Subway: F, Q to West 8th Street

Hours

Mon10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Above hours applicable June-Aug
    Spring (April-May8) & Fall hours (Sept-Oct): 10 am–5 pm, Mon–Fri; 10 am–5:30 pm, Weekends & Holidays
    Winter hours Nov–March: daily 10 am-4:30 pm

Admission

  • Adults $14.95
  • Children $10.95
  • Seniors $11.95
  • Free for children under 3
    Total Experience ticket (includes 4-D Theater): Adults $18.95, Children $14.95, Seniors $15.95

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