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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.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays from Oct. 18 - Nov. 15.
We're taking one of our most popular summer-camp programs and offering it as a series of Saturday sessions this fall! Highlights will be designing, constructing and maintaining a group aquarium with live animals. We'll also discover the amazing properties of water, use scientific probes to monitor water quality, dissect squid and fish, and peer into microscopes to view the unseen world of Long Island Sound.
Participants sign up for the five-session program; not for individual Saturdays. Each week they should bring a lunch, a snack and an excited curiosity about the marine world. Medical forms are required of each youth.
Cost: $450 ($400 for Aquarium members). Advance registration required. Limited to 30 participants. Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.
At 1 p.m. Sept. 13 & 20, plus more dates in October! Cruise out with us aboard the Aquarium's research vessel for 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).
Scheduled Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 12:15 & 2:15 p.m.
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 – these are planned for Sept. 13-14 & Sept. 27-28. There is no dive program on Sept. 21.
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.
See what our volunteer divers see in this video:
For reservations, Purchase tickets online (click on the date you wish to come) or call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. Space is limited.
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sept. 13-14 & Sept. 27-28
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. Sept. 6 & 20-21
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).