"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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Veterans Gratitude Month

Date:  Month of November

Not just during Veterans Day Weekend (Nov. 11-12) but for all of November 2017, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is offering free Aquarium admission to all active-duty military as well as to veterans of our armed forces.

 

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Member-Moms Night Out + One

Date: Thurs., Nov. 30

Time: Doors open at 5:30, movie starts at 6:15 

Cost: Open to Member-moms only (& one guest) for free!

Get into the holiday spirit as we present "Love Actually" on our giant video wall in Newman's Own Hall during this BYOB (bring your own bottle of wine) movie night! 

Guests are welcome to bring blankets or chairs. Cheese and crackers will be provided!

This is a free event for Aquarium Members but please register online here or by calling our Reservations Department at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

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Visit Santa in His Fishing Village

Dates:  Dec. 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17

Times:  11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (but see below)

During the month of December, our "Go Fish!" exhibit is being transformed into Santa's Fishing Village! Guests will be able to take a photo with Santa Claus in his fishing boat.

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Shark-Diving Santa

Dates: Most Thurs., Sat., and Sun. in Dec.

Times:  12:15 and 2:15 p.m.

Cost:   free with admission

Santa Claus will join The Maritime Aquarium’s dive team to demonstrate that sharks aren’t the blood-thirsty killers of myth. He'll strap on scuba gear and enter the Aquarium’s 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit as part of our regular program that lets Aquarium guests see and talk with volunteer divers swimming in the exhibit.

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Salute Norwalk Day

Date:  Sat., Dec. 2

Admission: free admission for Norwalk residents with proof of residency

It's our annual opportunity to thank the citizenry of Norwalk for their support by offering them free admission. 

 

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Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises

First dates of 2017-18: Dec. 9 & 10

Times for both:  10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost:  $22.95 ($17.95 for Aquarium Members) 

Join us out on Long Island Sound Sound as we seek out some of the seals and waterfowl that spend their winters just off our shores! Memorable family fun but all participants must be at least 42 inches tall.

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"Noon" Year's Eve

Date:  Sun., Dec. 31

Times:   11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Cost:  most bonus offerings free with admission

End the year – including a countdown to 12 o’clock … noon – with special family fun at the Aquarium! Join us for a day of activities geared for families with young children who want to celebrate the end of 2017 together, but not at the stroke of midnight.

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Reciprocal Admission to CT Science Center

When:  Month of January

We're excited to announce this special reciprocal offer with the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford!  In January only, Maritime Aquarium Members can flash their Aquarium membership card for free entry to the Science Center.

Science Center members are able to use their Science Center membership card to get free admission to The Maritime Aquarium for the month of January as well.

Please note: Jan. 1 - Jan. 15, standard IMAX movies will not be shown so that the Aquarium can present "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." 

Membership cards and photo IDs required at both locations.

Get details about a Maritime Aquarium membership here.

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Sensory-Friendly Morning

Date:  Sun., Jan. 7

Time:  8 a.m. - noon

For some, the Aquarium is a place with too many stimuli. So we're offering special mornings to give guests with sensory-processing differences a fun, comfortable and accepting environment. We are also opening two hours early each morning and offering two special IMAX® movie presentations.

 

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Maritime with a Twist

Save the Date: Thurs., Jan. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Join us for a fun adults-only evening to enjoy the food and drink of SoNo's best restaurants. This upbeat celebration for adults 21+ also allows guests to enjoy the Aquarium's newest attractions while listening to a live Jazz band.

More details and online ticketing coming soon! 

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LEGO® Weekend

Dates:  Jan. 27-28

Time:  10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Help LEGO® experts create an enormous Aquarium-themed scene using everyone’s favorite building blocks during “LEGO Weekend!"

 

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