New York Aquarium

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New York Aquarium

The New York Aquarium, on Coney Island, is the only aquarium in New York. Operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society. New York Aquarium’s mission is to save wildlife and habitats worldwide through science, conservation action, education and inspire people to value nature. Originally located in Battery Park, Lower Manhattan, the aquarium first opened on December 10, 1896. The animals were temporarily moved to the Bronx Zoo when this location closed in 1941. It then re-opened on Coney Island on the 6th of June 1957.

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The New York Aquarium is home to hundreds of aquatic species, living in replicas of their natural habitats, a great place to visit with kids in New York. For example, the sea otters and penguins swim among rocks and trees from the northeastern Pacific. Ocean Wonders: Sharks! also opened in 2018: A large aquarium and information centre, devoted entirely to sharks. Visit the Aquatheater to see the acrobatic skills of the sea lions: The animals and their trainers perform several times a day.

Underwater World

There are volunteers available throughout the New York Aquarium. They are happy to answer any questions you may have. As soon as you enter, check the schedule for the feeding times. It’s very entertaining, so be sure not to miss it. Furthermore, visit the 4D theatre in the aquarium which combines a 3D movie with extra-sensory effects.

Eric’s Tip: A visit to the New York Aquarium can be combined with a stroll along the boardwalk of Coney Island and a ride on some of the rollercoasters at Luna Park. Don’t forget to try the famous Nathan’s hotdog!

Practical Information

After purchasing, you will receive an e-ticket that you can print out as your ticket for the aquarium or show as a mobile ticket on your phone.

  • Location: Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island
  • Opening hours: Daily 10:00 to 16:00
  • Children 2 and under visit for free

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Is the NYC aquarium free?

Entry to the New York Aquarium isn’t free, but admission is included with the New York Sightseeing Pass.

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