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

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).



Visit the Aquarium

Easy access from I-95 or Metro North Railroad, convenient covered parking next door, air conditioned, ATM, and spacious, the Aquarium is an easy addition to your summer of fun!

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The Maritime Aquarium is different from most aquariums in that we focus solely on one body of water: Long Island Sound, the “Estuary of National Significance” just outside our doors. As an arm of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sound is an environment rich in aquatic life … even within sight of heavily urbanized New York City.

The marine population that we exhibit includes varieties of crabs, lobsters, mollusks (like delicious and economically important oysters and clams), game fish, jellies, sea turtles, sharks (big and small) and – in the winter – visiting seals.

The Maritime Aquarium is just minutes off I-95 in southwestern Connecticut. You can even take the MetroNorth train here from Grand Central Station: we're just a 10-minute walk from the South Norwalk Station.

Metro-North RR offers a discounted Getaway Package: click here for more information.

The Aquarium also is in the heart of Norwalk's fun South Norwalk (or SoNo) neighborhood, with lots of shops, restaurants and nightclubs. Click on Area Attractions for more.

At a glance...

The Maritime Aquarium

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854          
Phone: 203.852.0700

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Aquarium Hours

10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Note: we close at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve days.

From July 1 - Labor Day, we stay open until 6 p.m. daily.


Visitor reviews


Rated Top 25 Aquarium's in the U.S.
#1 in New England

To learn what other visitors have to say, please read our TripAdvisor Reviews. And we encourage you to post a review when you return home as well. Other folks and families value your opinion, as does Aquarium management. Thank you!

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Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem
and the global environment 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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