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

Official Website: New York Aquarium

Fee: Yes

Closed Now

Regular Hours:

  • 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

Category: Aquariums

Address: 602 Surf Ave & W 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (718) 265-3400

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
2.5 out of 5 2.5 Star Rating
Based on 427 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating Oh my gosh memories coming here during class trips this consider like the New York version of sea world of Orlando .you have dolphins and the fish aquarium... Read More

L L. Apr-17-2019

3 Star Rating Nice place to spend one or two hours to watch the fish, but admission is a bit expensive and the aquarium is small. It gets crowded and is full of kids, so... Read More

Anna L. Sep-23-2018

3 Star Rating I went on a very hot day and the inside was still so hot it's like they don't even have air conditioning. Parking was full, so we went to a lot to park. The... Read More

Jodi M. Aug-29-2018

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Directions

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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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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