New York Aquarium
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:
Hudson River Exhibit
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.
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