"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

Look 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

Aquarium hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily | Café: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily | Gift Shop: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

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.

Click here to view our Public Programs, Cruises, and IMAX movies.


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TGIF Cruises

When:  every Friday 

Time:  6 - 7:30 p.m.

Tickets:  $29.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium Members)

Start your weekend off with a fun relaxing boat ride out to the Norwalk Islands, and get back in time to enjoy a late dinner or an evening out with friends just steps away in the restaurants and nightspots of SoNo. Aquarium educators will be onboard to point out sights and wildlife, but there's no structured program.

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Sunset Cruises

When:  every Saturday

Time:  6 - 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets:  $29.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium Members)

Enjoy a fun relaxing 90-minute tour out to the Norwalk Islands timed to Include the setting sun and - providing cooperation beyond our control - a dazzling western sky reflecting on the water. Aquarium educators will point out sights and wildlife.

Food and drinks are not available for purchase on the boat. You may bring food and beverages in a small bag or soft-sided cooler. Glass bottles are prohibited.

Reminder that all passengers must be over 42 inches tall.

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Marine Life Encounter Cruises

Next Dates:  Sept. 23, 24, 30

Time:  1 - 3:30 p.m.

Tickets:  $29.95 ($24.95 for Aquarium Members)

Study marine biodiversity from the water's surface down to the bottom for a first-hand understanding of Long Island Sound's interdependent marine life. We utilize such sampling techniques as a plankton tow, trawl net and biodredge that generally bring up a variety of fish, crabs, mollusks and more right before your eyes!

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Senior Appreciation Month

Dates: Month of September

September is a great time for senior visits to the Aquarium, so we are offering a special deal for everyone age 65 and up!

For $15 dollars, seniors will receive admission into the Aquarium, the choice of any daytime IMAX® movie and FREE popcorn.

The senior offer is valid for visits between Sept. 1 and 30, and is good for tickets at the door only.

Even deeper discounts are available for senior groups, contact our Reservations Department for more information at (203) 852-0700 ext. 2206. 

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A Sukkah for Sukkot

Dates: Oct. 4 - 11

Place: Outside on the river-front plaza

Cost: Free with Aquarium admission

Join us during the holy week of Sukkot. We are offering a temporary dwelling for our Jewish guests to use while visiting the Aquarium.

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Octoberfest Cruises

Date:  October 7, 14, 21 & 28

Time:  5 - 6:30 p.m.

Cost:  $50 ($45 for Aquarium Members) 

Hoist Ale on Saturday evenings in October as The Maritime Aquarium offers special Octoberfest Cruises featuring tastings from local craft breweries. The adults-only cruises will showcase different Connecticut breweries each Saturday. Sample and enjoy their flagship and seasonal brews, while taking in the gorgeous sights on Long Island Sound.

Participants must be at least 21 years old.

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AquaScarium Halloween Prowl

Dates:  Oct. 21-22 & 28-29

Time:  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission:  FREE admission for children in costume when accompanied by a paying adult.

There's no trick about this treat as the Aquarium transforms into the AquaScarium, with an admission discount for kids in costume, face painting, special activities and lots of safe (non-scary) family fun.


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Members-Only 'Maritime Monster Mash'

Date:  Fri., Oct. 27

Time:  6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Admission:  open only to Members for free!

Join us for a Members-only Halloween event featuring a DJ, photo booth, candy stations and a slime craft table!

Please pre-register by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, during weekday business hours.