New York Aquarium

The New York Aquarium on Coney Island will captivate and educate the entire family with 14 acres of superb exhibits

A Giant Sea Turtle at the New York Aquarium
A Giant Sea Turtle at the New York Aquarium cc licensed photo by jamieleto

Since 1957, the New York Aquarium has been a part of the legendary Coney Island boardwalk experience. Operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the aquarium's 14 acre facility is packed to the gills, boasting 8,000 aquatic animals in exhibits designed to promote advocacy of issues facing our oceans and its inhabitants.

If you aren't a SCUBA enthusiast, the Explore the Shore allows you to experience a 400-gallon tidal wave crashing overhead without leaving dry land. The seasonal touch pools and observation tanks allow visitors to interact with the aquatic ecosystem with areas featuring exotic species like electric eels and masses of glowing Moon Jellyfish. Conservation Hall features three distinct habitats: a tropical coral reef complete with "Nemo's", an Amazonian flooded forest complete with a school of piranhas and an African freshwater lake with some of the most unique species on earth. Outside at the Sea Cliffs, penguins, sea otters, walruses and seals will provide endless entertainment with optional educational talks and daily feedings for public viewing. To rest your legs, visitors can sit and be mesmerised by sharks swimming with gigantic stingrays and sea turtles in huge floor to ceiling tanks, see Happy Feet in the New York Aquarium's 4D theatre or enjoy the Sea Lion Celebration at the Aquatheatre.

Following the Sea Lion Celebration, you can get up close and personal and get a kiss from a sea lion. For an additional fee, you can participate in a small group, hands-on encounter lead by an animal trainer complete and have your photo taken with one of the stars of the New York Aquarium.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Address: 602 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224, USA

Phone: (718) 265-3474

Official Website: New York Aquarium


Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
F or QWest 8th Street / NY Aquarium2 minutes
N or DConey Island / Stillwell Avenue10 minutes

How to get to New York Aquarium by Subway

Take the F or Q train to the W 8th Street / NY Aquarium, cross the pedestrian overpass over Surf Avenue and take the steps on the far side down to the entrance to the Aquarium parking lot or take the N or D trains to the Coney Island / Stillwell Avenue Station, head south on Stillwell, turn left on Surf Avenue, the aquarium is ahead on your right.

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Rated 4 out of 5New York Aquarium Star Rating

4 Star Rating Awesome place to take the family! My 11 year old sister and my 1 year old son had a blast! They were showing Rudolph in 4D and I was shocked that my little guy actually sat through it. Super fun I deff recommend going!

Tiffany Montalvo - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Loved the experience there. It does get a bit busy at times but you just look at something else and come back later. That's what I did with my kids and it works every time. Good fun times with different fishes from small to giants ... Should definitely go and see. Outside penguins are cool.

Igor M - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating Great place for kids, under 3yrs are free. Food options are limited but you can bring your own lunch, plenty of outdoor seating. It's a little light on exhibits I felt, but the sea lion show is great and there are a lot of learning opportunities. Parking lot is ample but you do have to pay unless you're a member. Friendly staff, even the parking lot attendant. Will go again!

William Saunders - 12 days ago

2 Star Rating If you have the chance, get out of the city to visit a better Aquarium; make a trip out of it! The aquarium really does try to provide a fun and creative learning experience for kids and visitors of all ages. The aquarium as way to crowded most of the time, which just comes from its NYC location. You can hardly take a moment to appreciate the life on display before the crowd pushes you along. Parking is just a nightmare, but again, that is just the NYC experience. The aquarium is adjacent to Conney Island, which does provide a nice view of the harbor. The amusement park itself is nice to walk around in but everything is much too expensive. Even feeding the family will put you out of a pretty penny. It is a relatively safe and secure location for young kids. They have police patrolling throughout, and post staff at nearly every corner of both inside and outside the aquarium. If you have to, go ahead and visit, but if you have the possibility, get out to CT or MA for a genuine, stress and headache free, aquarium experience.

Linsky Lundy - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Great experience right in the heart of Brooklyn for kids and adults alike! We've all been here on a school trip as a kid, but go back as an adult & appreciate all the knowledge & culture Brooklyn has to offer. Newly renovated with all kinds of fascinating sea animals. Great views & even interactive, make sure you catch one of the live Sea Lion shows. I had a ball & took some great pictures. I had more fun this time around as an adult! Make it a cute "day date" & then stroll onto the boardwalk, get on some rides & grab some eats. All in one fun!!

Joyce Covington - 2 months ago


Interesting video showcasing the diverse range of marine life at the New York Aquarium along with the challenges created by Hurricance Sandy and future plans

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