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.

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Fee: Yes

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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

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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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Rated 4 out of 5New York Aquarium Star Rating

5 Star Rating While the New York Aquarium is still undergoing construction and remodeling it is still an amazing place to visit. The brand new building Ocean Wonders Sharks is absolutely beautiful. No where else in New York will you be able to see these beautiful creatures. Walking through an amazing tunnel with sharks and other fish swimming over your head is just unreal. Another building is slated to open during the summer called playquarium and its supposed to be fantastic! It is a little pricey but the aquarium just might be worth your time and money

Tank150 - 11 hours ago

5 Star Rating I come here at least once a year, but since they opened up the shark exhibit I want to make at least two trips a year. The shark tunnel is beautiful and loaded with different species of shark. I also love the sea lion show. No matter how old I am, or how many times I see it, it will never get old. Best aquarium of any I have seen.

Lisa Shirley - 18 hours ago

5 Star Rating Great day in the city and in the New York City aquarium, I braved the cold and it was so worth it! The sea lion show was fantastic and so fun! All the staff where so helpful, there was an announcement when the shows started. Great day:)

Sharon Angela Naidoo - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating It was a cute little aquarium. The sea life shows are wonderfully done and lively with great music. Very east to navigate and super educational. The shark wall is an excellent and relaxing exhibit with great photo op potential.

Riley Smith - 5 days ago

3 Star Rating Not sure it’s worth the trip. In summer the vibe might be different. The whole space empathizes a lot on preserving all the wilderness. Some space could use fresh paint and modernization as turtle space for instance.

Redwan MESLEM - 23 days 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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