"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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Octoberfest Cruises

Dates:  Saturdays in October

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

Date: 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.

Cost: Open to Members only 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.


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Marine Life Encounter Cruises

Dates:  October 29

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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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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Veterans Weekend Touch-a-Truck

Date:  Sat., Nov. 11 and Sun., Nov. 12

The Maritime Aquarium welcomes two military vehicles, which will be open for exploration and photos, Nov. 11 & 12 for Veterans Day Weekend Military Touch-A-Truck.

Sit inside a 1950 M38 Jeep and a 1987 Humvee (HMMWV) during the special visits. You can even pop a helmet on for a photo!


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Turkeyfish/Invasive Species Weekend

Dates:  Sat., Nov. 18 & Sun., Nov. 19

Admission:   all bonus events free with admission

On the weekend before Thanksgiving, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk turns its attention to invasive species – in particular, a striking but troublesome fish nicknamed the “turkeyfish.”

Because their long venomous spines look something like a male turkey displaying its plumage, lionfish have the nickname of “turkeyfish.” So as we begin thinking ahead to turkey dinners, The Maritime Aquarium is declaring Sat., Nov. 18 & Sun., Nov. 19 to be “Turkeyfish Weekend.”

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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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Santa in the Toy Shop

Dates:  Dec. 9-10 & 16-17

Times:  11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (but see below)

Cost:  no charge for a photo; small fee to build a toy

Where else would Santa Claus be on the weekends before Christmas but in a toy-building operation? Santa will oversee youngsters as they build toy boats in our festively retooled Toy Boat Workshop.

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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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