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- Long Island Sound
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
NOTE: Programs are sometimes canceled or substituted with little or no notice. Check our "Today's Events" page at MaritimeAquarium.org on your smart phone when you arrive.
Starting in March 2015 ... 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 offer memorable hands-on explorations of Long Island Sound's marine life: with a variety of animals brought up right onto the boat (May-October) or to look for some of the seals & waterfowl that winter in the Sound (December-April).
Times: 12:15 & 2:15 p.m.
December 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31
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.
Viewing the Santa shark dives is free with Aquarium admission.
See what our volunteer divers see in this video:
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dec. 20-21 and 27, 29 & 31
Jan. 1, 10-11 and 24
Stop by the station to learn about the serious issue of marine debris (especially plastic bags and plastic water bottles), take a pledge to do your part to use re-usable water bottles and shopping bags, and then (optional; $5) make a re-usable shopping bag out of our old IMAX and exhibit banners.
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dec. 26, 28 and 30
Jan. 2-4, 17-18 and 31
Rain can wash excess fertilizer, dog feces and other pollutants off our lawns. But where does it all end up? Yes, in Long Island Sound. Stop by our Water Quality Station to watch this happen in a tabletop demonstration, and to learn the best place to wash your car and the best way to maintain a healthy lawn and a healthy Sound. Plus, touch a live diamondback terrapin, and purchase a soil testing kit ($1) that will give you an analysis of your lawn from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
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).