We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and got a chance to investigate, interact with and, of course, learn about."
– Rockland County, NY, camp director
On select dates in December, Santa Claus will join The Maritime Aquarium’s dive team to demonstrate that sharks aren’t the blood-thirsty killers of myth.
Santa will strap on scuba gear and enter the Aquarium’s 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, which is home to 7-foot sand tiger and lemon sharks.
It’s all part of the regular dive program, in which Aquarium visitors can see – and talk with – divers swimming in the exhibit on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 12:15 & 2:15 p.m.
Workload permitting, Santa is expected to participate in each Thursday dive in December and perhaps the Saturday and Sunday plunges too. Watch this page as we confirm dates when Santa can pull himself away from the North Pole and exchange his snow boots for swim fins.
Viewing the Santa shark dives is free with Aquarium admission.
The Maritime Aquarium is pleased to welcome that “right jolly old elf,” Santa Claus, for two special visits in December.
Children can bring their wish lists and share them on Santa’s lap on Sat., Dec. 7 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and again on Sat., Dec. 14 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Bring your camera to snap a keepsake memory.
The Santa visits (and your photographs) are free with Maritime Aquarium admission.
This spring, Fabien Cousteau will try to do something that his famous grandfather never did: stay underwater for 31 straight days. Fabien will preview this scientific adventure, and share other insights and experiences, in a special Maritime Aquarium lecture.
Cousteau is a grandson of Jacques Cousteau, inventor of SCUBA gear and an inspiration to millions of ocean-lovers through his unique television shows of the 1960s & ‘70s, “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau." Growing up on the decks of his grandfather’s research vessels, Fabien Cousteau was destined to work to protect our planet’s immense and endangered marine habitats. He champions the family legacy as a third-generation ocean explorer and filmmaker.
This spring, Cousteau will lead an exploration named Mission 31 that intends to spend 31 days in Aquarius, an undersea marine habitat off the Florida Keys that is the only lab in the world of its kind. This endeavor will break new ground in ocean exploration and also coincide with the 50th anniversary of his grandfather’s 30-day experiment living in an underwater lab beneath the Red Sea.
Aquarius will serve as base camp for Cousteau's team as they explore climate, pollution and overconsumption problems in the reefs outside Aquarius.
Mission 31 will broadcast the expedition on the Internet and through Skype in the Classroom, allowing the world to share in the adventure, risk and mystique of what lies beneath. Cousteau called the broadcast aspect “the most extensive far-reaching underwater classroom ever created.”
Tickets for Fabien Cousteau are $30 ($25 for Aquarium members). BUY ONLINE NOW
Dr. Botkin is a scientist who studies life from a planetary perspective, a biologist who has helped to solve major environmental issues, and a writer about nature. His work includes the development of JABOWA, the first successful computer model of an ecosystem. Tickets are $20 ($15 for Aquarium members). BUY ONLINE NOW
Principal investigator of the Narwhal Tusk Research organization, Nweeia's lecture will include some footage of documentaries completed on his work from the recent David Attenborough’s "Natural Curiosities" from the BBC, and films from NGS, and Decourvete, French Discovery. Tickets are $10 ($8 for Aquarium members). BUY ONLINE NOW
Adventurer and animal expert "Jungle Jack" Hanna is one of the most visible and respected ambassadors between the human and animal worlds. His hands-on approach and insight into the public's appreciation of wildlife have won him widespread popular acclaim as director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, conservationist, author, television personality, celebrity speaker, and lifelong adventurer. Tickets are $50 ($45 for Aquarium members). BUY ONLINE NOW
(The True Story of My Journeys with Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the Crew of Calypso) The author of "Frogmen" grew up in Connecticut. He will talk about his personal account of expeditions with legendary French explorer Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the crew of the research vessel Calypso. Richard Hyman will take us behind the scenes, inside the ship, and under the sea. Tickets are $10 ($8 for Aquarium members). BUY ONLINE NOW
Season subscribers rate:
$350 per person
Choice reserved seats for named programs
Access to evening's reception
Recognition in evening's printed program
To reserve your seat as a Season Subscriber, call Griffin at 203-852-0700, x2277.
Less than three weeks before Valentine’s Day, shop for amazing sweets for your sweetie from some of the region’s best chocolatiers as The Maritime Aquarium is taken over on Sun., Jan. 26 by Chocolate World Expo.
The Expo, one of the largest consumer-oriented chocolate events in the United States, will feature some 40 vendors who will offer tastings and sales of their products. They’ll be set up throughout the Aquarium’s galleries.
Expo producer Marvin Baum said Chocolate World Expo is for people who are serious about chocolate, not for folks looking to load up on candy commonly available in most grocery aisles.
“Vendors at the Expo typically offer small tasting-sized portions of their products, which are to be consumed right away,” Baum said. “Think of the chocolate tastings in the way you might think of a wine tasting at a winery: you get a small sample to try and you often get to talk with the person who made the product. If you like what you’ve tasted, you can purchase that product directly at the show for yourself or to give as gifts.”
Expo/Aquarium visitors will find traditional chocolates, but also unique offerings like chocolate-covered bacon and – appropriate for the Aquarium – one vendor’s “chocolate shark bites.”
But Chocolate World Expo isn’t entirely about chocolate. Vendors also will present baked goods, specialty foods and even fine soaps and bath products.
All of The Maritime Aquarium exhibits will be open on Jan. 26 – and will stay open two hours longer than normal: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Your Chocolate World Expo admission includes Aquarium admission. IMAX® movies are available as an additional ticket, as always.
The special admission price on Jan. 26 is $15 for adults and $10 for kids 2-12.
Aquarium Members Important Notice:
Aquarium Members receive a $2 per person discount (adult and child) on event/Aquarium admission this day. Senior member price is same as adult price. Sorry, but Aquarium members do not receive free admission for this special event. Member guest discounts do not apply.
For more information, including a list of vendors, go to www.chocolateworldexpo.com.
In response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, The Maritime Aquarium is offering free general admission to all residents of Newtown, as well as to Newtown educators and Newtown employed first responders and their immediate families (pu to 6 people per family), now through all of 2013.
“We at The Maritime Aquarium are heartbroken by the events of Dec. 14 and strongly feel the need to reach out,” said Jennifer Herring, the Aquarium’s president. “Ours is a small but heartfelt gesture that we hope will help the people of Newtown.”
Herring emphasized the healing power of animals. Numerous studies show that interactions with animals can be especially relaxing and relieving in times of stress. “Perhaps our offer will mean some nice ‘quality time’ for Newtown families,” she said. “However it may help, we would be honored.”
Here are the specifics: The offer for free Aquarium general admission only is good now through Dec. 31, 2013.
Residents of Newtown must provide a driver's license as proof of residency.
This offer is also available to Newtown employed educators and first responders and their immediate families (up to six people per family living at the same address). Must show your valid Newtown employee I.D.
Available at the front entrance, Members' window only.
(The offer is not available for online tickets.)