Quote Fun & Learning

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


Fun Fact- Fun & Learning

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Looks closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).




Upcoming Events

Free First Saturdays for Norwalk residents

Norwalk residents: Free First Saturdays this Fall

Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6

sharks-cr2-photo2Norwalk residents can get close to seals, sharks, sea turtles and other animals for free in a special deal offered by their grateful hometown jewel, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. The Maritime Aquarium is thanking the residents of Norwalk for their support by offering free Aquarium admission on Sat., Oct. 4; Sat., Nov. 1; and Sat., Dec. 6.

On each of those days, Norwalk residents can enjoy their favorite Aquarium animals, and touch live sharks and jellies, for free. (Proof of residency is required.) Plus, Norwalk residents will receive special discounts on IMAX® movies and in the Aquarium Gift Shop.

Home-Scroll-Free-First-SatsThe offer for free Aquarium general admission is good for those days only. Residents of Norwalk should bring proof of residency (such as a driver’s license or utility or tax bill). The offer is not available for online tickets.


Live Holiday Music!


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Dec. 6-7 & 13-14

Joyous holiday sounds meet Long Island Sound in a special series of live performances by some of the Norwalk area's most talented students.  All performances are at 2 p.m. in The Maritime Aquarium's Newman's Own Hall.

Sat., Dec. 6 – mixed ensemble of the Talent Education Suzuki School (TESS) in Norwalk. 

Sun., Dec. 7 – students of INTAKE (Instrumentally Native Taking on the Classics) in Norwalk.

Sat., Dec. 13 – the Norwalk Community College Choir.

Sun., Dec. 14 – the Norwalk Youth Symphony.

All performances are free with Aquarium admission.



The Maritime Aquarium Presents ...

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Mon., Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.

bill nye sold outEveryone's favorite TV scientist is booked for a special presentation at The Maritime Aquarium!

Seating is general admission; first-come first-served.


First County Advisors, the wealth management division of First County Bank.

Presenting sponsor

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The Wealth Management Division of First County Bank




Chocolate Expo on Sun., Jan. 25

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (extended hours)

$15 adults, $10 children ages 3-12 (discounted admission)

Chocolate, the Aquarium, and free samples, are ALL included in your admission.

The Expo, one of the largest consumer-oriented chocolate events in the United States, will feature some 30+ vendors who will offer FREE tastings and sales of their products. They’ll be set up throughout the Aquarium’s galleries. Aquar.ChocolateExpo 2014-2 for web

Expo producer Marvin Baum said Chocolate Expo is for people who are serious about chocolate and unique specialty foods.

“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," Baum said. "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 not only traditional and gourmet chocolates, but also unique offerings like chocolate tarts, chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate balsamic dressing, chocolate-covered bacon and even chocolate-scented bath soaps. But Chocolate Expo isn’t entirely about chocolate. Vendors also will present baked goods, specialty foods and even fine soaps and bath products.

The Maritime Aquarium exhibits will be open on Jan. 25 – and will stay open two hours longer than normal: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please note that our new "Jiggle a Jelly" jellyfish touch adventure will not be open on Sun., Jan. 25 during Chocolate Expo because of the crowds expected. Jiggle a Jelly will be open Saturday, Jan. 24, and weekends and holidays and school vacation weeks after Chocolate Expo.

Crowd notice: this event is very well attended. Busiest times are between 12 and 2. Please plan accordingly.

Prospective vendors: if you are interested in exhibiting, please contact the promoter directly: 

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The special admission price on Jan. 25

$15 for adults  /   $10 for kids 3-12.

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Be sure to print your web tickets and bring them with you. You can get in the shorter, advance tickets line when you arrive.

Aquarium Members Important Notice:
Aquarium Members receive a $2 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.



Ticket prices include all taxes/fees, as applicable.

Special "bonus" shows, are offered to attendees on a first-come, first-served "space available" basisly due to limited seating, and, therefore, we cannot guarantee that everyone will be accommodated. These special features are not included in any purchase price and limited capacity will be adhered to. Shows and times are subject to change without notice.

ALLERGY WARNING: Many vendors offer products that contain common food allergans such as wheat, soy, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, etc,. or are manufactured in facilities with these products. If you have food allergies, we suggest that you consult with your healthcare provider before attending Chocolate Expo.



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.

10 North Water Street          Norwalk, CT 06854          Phone: 203.852.0700         Fax: 203.838.5416

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation


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