The re-energized focus on Long Island Sound's story is obvious in the colorfully redesigned main hall, which has been renamed Newman's Own Hall in celebration of a $1.2 million grant from Newman's Own Foundation."

–  The Norwalk Citizen

Exhibits & Animals

Blue Crab Fun Fact

Blue crabs are good swimmers. Their specially adapted pair of back legs are "swimmerets" that help move them effectively through the water.



Your Aquarium Journey
Your Aquarium Journey
The Sound and Beyond
Hokin Family Sound Voyage galleries
Rivers to the Sound
Depths of the Sound
The Ocean Beyond the Sound
Jellyfish Encounter
Sea Turtles

The Sound and Beyond featuring: "Shark & Ray Touch Pool," Go Fish!, Meerkats, Africa: from Desert to Sea, Marine Lab, Toy Boats, Ocean Playspace, and Frogs!

Shark-Ray-Touch-PoolPull yourself away from the seals to enter The Sound & Beyond, beginning with the new Sharks & Rays Gallery. Centerpiece of the gallery is a large supervised "Shark & Ray Touch Pool," where you can gently stroke the backs of nurse sharks and a variety of rays.Plus, see baby sharks before (and after) they're born, touch shark teeth, pose in a dive cage and explore why we're so fascinated with sharks – plus learn the troubling consequences of our misguided fears about sharks.

"Go Fish! Long Island Sound & Beyond" explores the historic importance of fish in New England and includes one of the Aquarium’s largest tanks, full of cod, salmon, pollock and one REALLY big halibut. And the Marine Care Lab brings some of the aquarium operations that formerly were behind-the-scenes out into the open for visitors to witness. These include the jellyfish and seahorse “nurseries,” where our year-round supply of these delicate animals are raised.

"Meerkats," starring six REALLY CUTE meerkats, meerkats - 3 BFF low for webis within another special exhibit, "Africa: From the Desert to the Sea," featuring some of Africa's most exotic aquatic animals, plus two geckos and two enormous boas.

Upstairs, you’ll find an Ocean Playspace, where toddlers can burn off some energy, and "Frogs!," featuring local and exotic frogs, toads and other amphibians.


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The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound
and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,
it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

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