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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 investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."
– Rockland County, NY, camp director
Sun., Oct. 18,
Cost: $50 per adult & $25 per child 12 & under; $45 & $20 for members. Children must be age 5 or older. Aquarium admission is included for all registered program participants.
Advance registration required. Space is limited. Reserve your spots by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" button above or by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.
Note: the following four programs require advance registration. Please call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, to reserve your spot. Aquarium admission is included for all registered program participants.
This is a five-session series that meets on Tuesdays from Oct. 13 - Nov. 10, from 1 - 1:45 p.m.
Every session of this five-part series will consist of an up-close meeting with a live animal, a story that relates to the week’s topic and other activities inspired by marine animals. Cost: $125 for a child and caregiver; $110 for members. Each additional child, $100 (with same caregiver); $90 for members. Maximum 4 children per caregiver.
Offered Sun., Oct. 25 from 10 - 10:45 a.m.
Using the popular story as motivation, children will meet and touch a variety of live crabs and mollusks. They’ll examine how they look and feel and classify them according to size, shape, movement styles and other attributes that promote early-childhood science skills. Cost: $25 per child; $20 for members. Each child must be accompanied by an adult
Offered Sun., Oct. 25 from 1 - 2 p.m.
Budding herpetologists will compare turtles of land and sea to discover how they’re adapted to their different lifestyles. They’ll examine the look and feel of real turtle shells, learn how baby sea turtles get to the ocean and, best of all, meet and touch a live terrapin. Cost: $25 per child; $20 for members. Drop-off; caregivers do not participate
Sun., Oct. 18 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Young adventurers will start off examining shark jaws, skin and other artifacts, and learn how superb adaptations have allowed sharks to survive for millions of years. Then they’ll journey to the Ocean Beyond the Sound exhibit for a close look at our large sand tiger sharks, and get a true feel for sharks and their cousins, the rays, at the Shark & Ray Touch Pool. Cost: $25 per child; $20 for members. Drop-off; caregivers do not participate
Be among the first to cruise out aboard the new research vessel R/V Spirit of the Sound™ as she begins her life of service with The Maritime Aquarium. Our study cruises (April-October) offer memorable hands-on examinations of Long Island Sound's marine life: with a variety of fish, crabs, mollusks and other animals brought up right out of the water right before your eyes.
Offered many Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays
at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m.
Confirmed dates: Oct. 1, 3 & 4
NOTE: Our Aquarium dive team is an all-volunteer crew. Dives may sometimes be cancelled with short or no notice due to availability. Where possible, they will substitute a "meet the diver" experience.
Would you jump into a tank of water filled with 6- and 7-foot sharks? Actually, it can be done – bloodlessly – because sharks aren't really the aggressive man-eaters of popular myth. Come see for yourself when The Maritime Aquarium's dive team spends some quality time among the sand tiger sharks, lemon shark and other creatures of the 110,000-gallon "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Thanks to a cool communication link, you can even talk with the divers while they're in the exhibit with the sharks! They'll tell you that sharks should be respected ... but not feared.
Free with Aquarium admission. Please Note: the audio system that lets you hear the divers talk also carries the sounds of the divers' SCUBA respiration. Some young children may find this loud and unnatural.
See what our volunteer divers see in this video:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays
Visit the Toy Boat-Making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your Maritime Aquarium visit. Cost: $5 per child (in addition to Aquarium admission).