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

New York Aquarium Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

Phone: (718) 265-3474

Official Website: New York Aquarium

New York Aquarium Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating The best aquarium I have visited. This was such a fun experience and the different interactive elements were a nice touch. It was beautiful to visit and I would 100% go back again. The parking was not too bad but it can be pricey if you stay longer than 4 hours (jumps to $40 dollars). Highly recommend you visit if you love aquariums!
Kiara Maldonado - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Beautiful aquarium! It was very clean and well maintained. The exhibits were awesome! Loved the shark exhibit and the wrap around/ over head aquarium when you first walk in. It was reasonably priced. The sea lions were very playful after getting their dinner and were very entertaining. Will definitely be back!
Julie Lanty - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Great experience. There is a lot to see and do. It was spring break, so there were too many kids, but that is to be expected. Aquariums' glass was super clean, and it was so nice to see all the fish clearly. The seals, sea lions, otter, and pinguins were very cute. Parking is expensive - 18$ for up to 3 hours, ice cream costs 8$. Kids under 3 are free. Will come back.
איה לוי - 2 weeks ago

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3 Star Rating It was a great experience. I was enjoying it alot until my child's stroller was stolen. They have areas that you are not allowed to bring strollers and have an area to leave strollers. You would think security would be observing or have a system to ensure that this doesn't happen. I did make a report at admissions but security basically told me there was nothing they could do. Separate and apart from that, the place is clean, lots of interactive areas and lots of walking. The Cafe had good meals 8/10 (tenders, hot dogs etc.), lots of activities to keep you occupied for hours at a time. Spent 3+ hours exploring everything including the 4D theater
Sheronie A (Sher) - a month ago

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4 Star Rating I like it in the weekday when there’s basically no one there when you can enjoy people free in the entire aquarium! The parking was very easy and there’s plenty of parking space, it cost $18 for 3 hours. We bought the zoo pass for an year but the regular ticket is $29 for adult and $25 for kid. The park was smaller than I expected and you can tell there are few places need to improve as well. Some tanks were not nice that might need to be cleaned but overall was a good experience, and it’s good for the little ones. My toddler enjoyed it a lot and she didn’t even wanna leave. We spent about 2.5 hours there to go through the entire aquarium, I think there will be more activities during the warmer days. The food court and cafe were closed when we were there. Will visit back again in the summer!
James Hsieh - 2 months ago

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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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