The NY Aquarium
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Valuable Visitor Information
is the oldest continuously operating aquarium in the United States. Located along the boardwalk near Coney Island, it’s situated in a lively and happening area. As a top tourist
attraction, it welcomes more than three quarters of a million visitors a year--and for good reason! It features more than 8,000 animals on exhibit with superb viewing opportunities. Expect world-renowned scientific expertise and animals that live as far away as the Southwest coast of Africa and the Artic.
Enjoy the Deep Sea 3-D show, simulating an underwater submarine expedition tracking a giant squid and a sperm whale, complete with 3-D glasses. Take advantage of the Aqua Theater, scheduled animal feedings, and sea lion training demonstrations.
Did you know that the black-footed penguin can swim up to 15 miles per hour? Have you considered that California sea lions have the loudest voice in the ocean (well, probably not!:>)? Do you know that Loggerhead sea turtles can swim a third of the way around the world? Learn more of these fascinating facts as you see, feel, and experience the wonders of the sea.
If I had a $1 for each time I visited the NY Aquarium, I’d be a very rich lady. This was one of our son's favorite stomping grounds. So, we became members and visited very frequently. As a self-proclaimed expert, I encourage you to check out my tips below.
MY RECOMMENDATIONS AND TIPS
- Check out their special programs in advance and plan your trip accordingly.
- Time your visit to coincide with the animal feedings. Click the link above to check them out. You CAN find street parking, but you need to get there very early or get very lucky.
- The parking lot fills up very quickly and early. So, get there first thing! (You can easily spend the entire day there.) If you get there even a hour or two after opening during peak season, there will often be a long line of cars waiting for a space.
- Bring your own lunch, snacks, and beverages to save time and money.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sun screen for the summer. You’ll be outside a lot. Conversely, dress warmly in the winter.
- Bring lots of hand sanitizer. You will touch a lot of animals and will want to disinfect!
- Don’t miss the “Planet Earth: Shallow Seas” presentation, complete with 3-D glasses.
- Don’t miss the sea lion show!
- Visit in the wintertime when crowds are much lighter and parking is much more accessible!
REGULAR ADMISSION AND HOW YOU CAN SAVE
Regular Admission Fees:
All Ages (3 and over): $10.75 online; $11.95 at gate
Children (2 and under):Free
DISCOUNTS AND SAVINGS
- Any active duty or reserve members of the U.S. Military save when they present a valid military ID at the admissions gate. Discounted tickets are available at the admissions booths only. Receive free general admission ticket and 50% discount for up to three family members included on the same admissions transaction.
- Become a member! There are many great membership categories that include free
parking coupons, unlimited visits, unlimited entrance to ALL premium attractions and more. Memberships begin at $79 and include entrance and more to ALL New York City Wildlife Conservation Society destinations including the Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, the NY Aquarium, the Prospect Park Zoo and the Queens Zoo. This is the best deal going.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
The NY Aquarium is located on Surf Avenue and West 8th Street in the borough of Brooklyn.
WHEN IS THE NY AQUARIUM OPEN?
The NY Aquarium is open 365 days a year.
Sept 2, 2014 – May 22, 2015
10:00 am - 4:30 pm, daily
Last entry is 1 hour prior to closing.
TRANSPORTATION TO THE AQUARIUM
Take the F or Q train to the West 8th Street station in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Or, take the N or D trains to the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue Station, then walk two blocks east on Surf Avenue
Need additional help in determining how to best route out your trip to the zoo? Use this subway map or automatic trip planner!
For information on subway fares, metrocards and more Click here!
Take the B36 to Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Or take the B68 to Neptune Avenue and West 8th Street, then walk south along West 8th to Surf Avenue.
Take the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (I-478) to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278 West). Take Exit 22 to the Belt Parkway East. Take to Exit 7 (Ocean Parkway). Turn right onto Ocean Parkway and continue to Surf Avenue to the New York Aquarium.
From Long Island & Queens
Take the Belt Parkway West to Exit 7B (Ocean Parkway). Turn left onto Ocean Parkway and continue to Surf Avenue to the Aquarium.
From Connecticut, Westchester County and the Bronx
Take the Hutchinson River Parkway (I-678) South, over Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, and continue south on I-678 (Whitestone Parkway) to Van Wyck Expressway. Then take Belt Pkwy West to Exit 7B which is Ocean Parkway. Turn left onto Ocean Parkway and continue to Surf Avenue to the Aquarium.
From Staten Island
Take the Staten Island Expressway (I-278) East across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, to Belt Parkway East to Exit 7S (Ocean Pkwy South). Take Ocean Parkway to Surf Avenue to the New York Aquarium.
From New Jersey
Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the Goethals Bridge (Exit 13) to the Staten Island Expessway (I-278). Follow the directions from Staten Island (above).
Need help in obtaining driving directions
to the aquarium? Click here.
The NY Aquarium has a large parking lot but they charge $13 per car and it fills up quickly. If you are a member, park for free. However, there is parking on the street. But, I suggest that you arrive very early to obtain one of these spots.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE NY AQUARIUM
When you venture out for a day at the aquarium, be sure to pack the essentials. This will help to enhance your day! Be prepared by checking out my tips in the "what to place in your backpack"
section of my packing list! You'll be glad you did!
BEST TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH KIDS
When traveling with children, check out my best tips for keeping crankiness to a minimum and for ensuring safety too! Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.
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