New York Aquarium
West 8th Street and Surf Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11224
(718) 265-FISH (3474) - 265-3454 School Groups

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NOTE: The Aquarium has reopened following repairs to areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy. However portions of the facility remain closed as repairs continue. Please check the Aquarium's official website, linked above, for current information.

Needing little introduction, the world renowned New York Aquarium is better than ever, offering a full day's fun, excitement and education for individuals, families, and groups.  With over 10,000 specimens representing more than 300 different species, the Aquarium boasts the largest collection of any aquarium listed within these pages.

Please note that our website is currently being updated. Some of the information below may have changed, but readers will gt a good idea of the type of adventure that awaits them at the Aquarium. A link to the Aquarium's official website will be found above. 

Each exhibit at the Aquarium is designed to create the look and feel of the animals' natural habitat.  The exhibits include: 

Sea Cliffs 
This spectacular 300-foot habitat is a replica of the rocky Pacific coast from Alaska to California.  Pacific walruses, California sea otters, black-footed penguins, harbor seals, and other marine mammals make their home here, amongst the waves created by a state-of-the-art wave making machine.  Many different species of invertebrates and fish live here, too.  The exhibit can be enjoyed outside, from above the water, or indoors, where visitors come face to face with these creatures underwater.  Interpretive graphics and abundant educational information help explain adaptations, predator-prey relationships, and conservation issues. 

Discovery Cove 
Discovery Cove is an indoor education and exhibit center where visitors stay dry under crashing waves, touch sea creatures, see a lobster boat in its own saltwater dock, enjoy hands-on exhibits and video displays, a variety of tanks -- from 10 to 17,000 gallons, and more.  Different sections emphasize coastal ecosystems, adaptation of marine mammals, and the relationship between people and the sea. 
Fish that Go Zap! is an example of one of the Aquarium's earlier exhibits at Discovery Cove.  It consisted of a number of interactive displays that combined to give visitors a unique insight into the electrifying activities of some of our deep sea friends.  Features include 

  • Electric Catfish:  An interactive display that teaches about electricity in animals.
  • Interactives and High Tech Equipment:  Shows how fish use electricity for communicating.
  • Navigating:  Knifefishes and others show us how they use electricity for navigation.
  • Electric-Sensing:  Some fish sense electricity to help them find food and mates.
  • Electric Eel:  This interactive display demonstrates hunting with electricity.  Giant electrodes in the tank corners pick up the constant weak electric eel pulses and converts them to thumping sounds on speakers and lights that light.  Visitors can also measure their own electrical fields!
  • Electricity Use:  Teaches the basics of electricity as we commonly use it.
  • Electricity in Human Physiology:  Pacemakers, defibrillators, other man-made devices and an electric ray -- definitely not man-made -- demonstrate electricity's importance to us.
  • Dr. Coates Electric Eel Lab:  Here visitors can see how researchers study animals that use electricity and how electrical impulses in humans can be used.

    This newly renovated 1,600-seat theater offers amazing sea shows and behavioral demonstrations, starring bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions. 

    A 90,000 gallon tank is home to these awesome, often misunderstood marine animals. 

    Beluga Whales 
    Features a 400,000 gallon complex that is home to these graceful, intelligent marine mammals that communicate in squeals, clicks, and whistles. 

    Oceanic Tank 
    This 150,000 gallon tank has served as the home of a variety of the Aquarium's inhabitants.  It greets visitors as they enter, beginning the journey into the wonderful world of the Aquarium and our sea-faring friends. 

    Conservation Hall 
    This exhibit features Pacific reef fish, primitive fish, piranhas, chambered nautilus, live corals, and other animals representing the Wildlife Conservation Society's marine conservation projects. 

    Hudson River Exhibit 
    One of the world's most beautiful rivers, the Hudson is featured in a 30-foot long map detailing its history and habitats. 

    Several other exhibits complete a fun, educational and rewarding experience at one of the world's most famous aquariums. 

    Further, the Aquarium offers a huge variety of programs for individuals and families, for pre-schoolers through adults, covering just about every imaginable subject related to our marine environments and animals. Sharks, Home Aquariums, Sea Otters, Behind the Scenes at the Aquarium, are just a few of the many subjects available in these programs and activities. 

    There are also great special events throughout the year.  A calendar is available by calling or by visiting the Aquarium's official website (URL is above). 

    The Aquarium offers about two dozen great programs for families -- from birthday parties to overnighters and everything in between.  There is something for every age group here, and a brochure is available upon request. 

    Teachers Workshops use behind the scenes tours to demonstrate the many ways of utilizing the Aquarium as an educational resource. Teachers who attend receive preference for group visits during May and June -- the Aquarium's busiest months. Call for details about the workshops and other exciting Teacher Programs. 

    Of the 3 dozen School Programs offered for pre-K through college levels, a few are listed here: Fanny Fish (pre-K & K): introduces children to sea animals by matching, identifying, and describing animal groups. Designed for the Deep (K - 6): through slides, artifacts, role-playing, games, and songs, children learn about animal adaptations to an aquatic environment; Deep, Dark, and Glowing (2 - 5): uses slides, artifacts and games to teach about bioluminescence and includes a take-home activity. Maximum group size is 35. 

    Following are only two examples of the many programs that can be adapted for junior high school through college levels: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: a close-up look at selected Aquarium exhibits teaching behavior, biology, husbandry, and life support systems; The Shark!: explores the mysteries and behavior of this fascinating creature, which is fast becoming the next major group of endangered species. 

    Just about anything to learn about our marine world can be learned at the Aquarium. 

  • Hours: Open daily, every day at 10am. Closes between 4:30 and 6:00pm, depending on season. Last entry is one hour before closing. Call or visit official website for further details.

    General Admission:

    Ages 3 and up


    Pricing reflects discounted admission during rebuild period.

    Parking costs $13.00 for cars, $16.00 for buses.

    Additional fees charged for some special features, exhibits and activities.

    Groups of 10 or more with advance reservations: $8.95/person during rebuild.

    School Programs:  Call for information on fees and registration. 

    Group Reservations: For individual programs, at least 2 weeks in advance. School Groups must make reservations well in advance.  Call for details.  

    Lunch: Cafeteria and eating areas on grounds. 

    Handicapped Access: Accessible.


    By Car: 
    From Manhattan take the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (I-278).  Continue to the Belt Pkwy East to Ocean Pkwy South (exit 75).  See Ocean Parkway. 

    From Long Island, Brooklyn & Queens take the Belt Pkwy to Ocean Pkwy South.  See Ocean Parkway. 

    From New Jersey take the NJTP to exit 13.  Goethals Bridge to the Staten Island Expwy and follow the Staten Island directions. 

    From Staten Island take the Staten Island Expwy (I-278) East across the Verrazano Bridge to the Belt Pkwy East to Ocean Pkwy South.  See Ocean Pkwy. 

    From Connecticut, the Bronx and Westchester take the Hutchinson River Pkwy South to the Whitestone Bridge to the Van Wyck Expwy South to the Belt Pkwy West to Ocean Pkwy South (exit 75).  See Ocean Pkwy. 

    From Ocean Parkway continue South (becomes Surf Ave.) 1 mile to the Aquarium.  Entrance is on the left. 

    F or D train to West 8th Street Station in Brooklyn.  Take the pedestrian bridge directly to the Aquarium. 

    B36 to Surf Ave. and West 8th and Aquarium.  Orr B68 to Surf and West 5th and walk 3 blocks west.  Call NYC Transit for info: (718) 330-1234. 

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