New York Aquarium

New York Aquarium by David Shankbone, New York City
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Located along the Boardwalk near Brooklyn's Coney Island, the New York Aquarium is New York City's only aquarium. With over 8,000 animals on exhibit, the aquarium strives to educate visitors about aquatic ecosystems and encourage visitors to advocate for their preservation.

New York Aquarium Essentials

​The New York Aquarium is located at Surf Avenue & West 8th Street, Brooklyn, New York 1122. By subway, take the F or Q train to the West 8th Street station on Coney Island, Brooklyn. Alternatively, take the N or D trains to the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue Station, then walk two blocks east on Surf Ave. (Stillwell Avenue station is handicap accessible on the F, Q, N, D train)

By bus, take the B36 to Surf Ave. and West 8th St. Or take the B68 to Neptune Ave. and West 8th St., then walk south along West 8th to Surf Ave. Please note that other bus routes in Brooklyn, as well as buses from other boroughs, intersect with B36 and B68.

If you want to drive, visit the aquarium's "Getting Here" page for various car directions. The official website for the aquarium is nyaquarium.com.

It costs $11.95 for all ages (3 & over) and free for children 2 and under.

The hours change by season, but you can stay up to date with their calendar online. 

Things to Do at the New York Aquarium

Visit the Touch Tank exhibits for a hands-on experience. Animal feedings are scheduled throughout the day for sharks, penguins, walrus and sea otters. Take a stroll to the Aquatheater for marine mammal demonstrations. You can grab food on site or at any of the nearby eateries (Nathan's hot dogs comes to mind!) 

There are volunteers throughout the New York Aquarium to answer your questions or give you an overview of an exhibit. Pay attention to the feeding and Aquatheater schedule at the entrance. You'll have to walk outside between the various buildings, so dress for the weather. It will take about 2 hours to check out the various exhibits and demonstrations at the New York Aquarium. Strollers and wheelchairs are easily accommodated throughout the New York Aquarium. Smoking is prohibited at the New York Aquarium.

About the New York Aquarium

The New York Aquarium first opened on December 10, 1896, in Lower Manhattan. The Lower Manhattan location closed in 1941 (though the animals were housed at the Bronx Zoo in the meantime), and its current Coney Island home first opened on June 6th, 1957.

The New York Aquarium is home to over 350 species of aquatic wildlife, with more than 8,000 specimens on display. The collection features aquatic animals from around the world -- some living as close by as the Hudson River, and others who call the Arctic home.

Children and adults alike will enjoy the opportunity to inspect and interact with aquatic animals closeup at the New York Aquarium. Whether you're watching walruses at the underwater viewing areas or touching horseshoe crabs, the New York Aquarium offers visitors a better understanding of the animals that make their homes in water around the world.