Surf Ave. & West 8th St., Brooklyn.
Online tickets, $11.95 as of 4/28/17; children under 2, free
Only the Explore the Shore restroom is open during the recovery process from Hurricane Sandy.
New York Aquarium, 718-265-2663.
New York Aquarium
The city's only aquarium, with over 8,000 animals, in Coney Island
Note: Parts of the aquarium may be closed during construction. Get details here.
Located on the shores of Coney Island, the New York Aquarium is an exciting and educational way to explore the less visible inhabitants of the harbor and the world's more distant seas.
The Aquarium is home to 8,000 specimens from all across the globe. Visitors can stop by the tanks and see perennial favorites like penguins, sharks, and walruses, as well as lesser known creatures including invertebrates, fresh water fish, eels, and a variety of other species. Additionally, folks brave enough can get their hands on some of the residents at the interactive touch pools.
Highlights of the Aquarium include the nation's only permanent jellyfish exhibit, as well as an Explore the Shore salt marsh exhibit, which recreates a section of Jamaica Bay and illuminates life within its depths. Here, visitors can see the hermit and horseshoe crabs, minnows, and invertebrates that all make their homes in the nutrient rich grasses.
Operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the aquarium's mission is one of education, preservation, and research. It applies this philosophy to all of its exhibits, providing information on the animals that make their home in its tanks and pursuing efforts abroad to protect and learn about these creatures.
Opened in Castle Clinton in 1896, the New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operated aquarium in the United States. It moved to its present site on Coney Island in 1957.
Things to Do
Events & Activities
Tours, feedings, animal encounters, touch pool and 3-D films. See aquarium calendar for events.