"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.

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TGIF Cruises

When:  every Friday (no cruise July 7)

Time:  6:30 - 8 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 (no cruise July 8)

Time:  7 - 8:30 p.m.

Tickets:  $29.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium Members)

Enjoy a fun relaxing boat 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:  June 29 & 30, July 2, 3 & 5

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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Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise

Date:  Sat., July 1

Time:  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tickets:  $75 ($65 for Aquarium Members)

Venture out with us for rare close-up looks at eight historic lighthouses on Long Island Sound. During the 7-hour cruise, Aquarium educators will share histories and anecdotes about the lighthouses, and also point out the Sound's waterfowl. Bring your camera!

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Fireworks Cruises

Mon., July 3:  7:30 p.m. (Norwalk)

Tues., July 4:  7 p.m. (Rowayton)

Tickets:  $75 ($70 for Aquarium Members)

Avoid the crowds and experience one of the best views of local Fourth of July fireworks displays when you celebrate our nation's birthday aboard R/V Spirit of the Sound. Join us as we watch the fireworks of Norwalk on July 3 and Rowayton on July 4 during these cruises, which are expected to last 3 hours.

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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Sailfest in New London, CT

When: July 7, 8 & 9

Join us on our research vessel, R/V Spirit of the Sound at Sailfest in New London this Summer! Sailfest is Southeastern Connecticut's premiere summertime event featuring a major fireworks display, amusement rides, free entertainment, tall ships and over 300 vendors lining the street.

There will also be multiple changes to join a cruise on the R/V Spirit of the Sound!

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Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise

Date: Sat., July 15

Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tickets:  $70 ($60 for Aquarium Members)

Cruise out with us for rare close-up looks at five historic lighthouses in central Long Island Sound. During the five-hour cruise, Aquarium educators will share histories and anecdotes about the lighthouses, and also point out the Sound's waterfowl. Bring your camera!

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Family Sleepover

Date:  Sat., July 15

Start Time:  6 p.m. (to 9:45 a.m. Sun., July 16)

Tickets:  $90 adults and $80 children ($75 & $65 Aquarium members)

Bunk down among the sharks, fish, jellies and other creatures as we host a fun Family Sleepover. It's open to children ages 5 & older, with an accompanying parent or caregiver over age 18. Advance registration required. Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or click the Buy Tickets button.

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