Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

Every Friday is pay what you wish from 3 pm until closing.

What can crawl like a caterpillar, do a backbend like a gymnast, bark on cue, and dive down to 600 feet in the ocean? Find out at the Wildlife Conservation Society New York Aquarium’s Aquatheater.

Training demonstrations star outgoing and talented California sea lions. Each performance features cool facts about sea lions and their role in the web of life, in addition to music, humor and lots of mischief. Demonstrations are followed by the Sea Lion Encounter ($20). 

“Our pinnipeds (the scientific term for sea lions, seals, and walruses) also make great teachers,” said Jon F. Dohlin, aquarium director. “You’ll learn how to make seafood choices that are healthy for the planet, why predators like the great white shark are essential to maintaining a balanced food chain, and how the Wildlife Conservation Society is helping to save threatened marine life and habitats around the globe.”

The Wildlife Conservation Society works around the world to save marine mammals.  In Argentina, WCS has helped establish marine reserves to protect breeding colonies of southern elephant seals, South American sea lions and South American fur seals.