"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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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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The schedule is:


Oct. 7 – No Worries Brewing Co. of Hamden

Oct. 14 – Charter Oak Brewing Co. of Danbury

Oct. 21 – Two Roads Brewery Co. in Stratford

Oct. 28 –  The Owl’s Brew of New York and Beer’d Brewing Co. of Stonington.


Representatives from each brewery will be onboard to talk about their products.

Each 90-minute Octoberfest Cruise departs at 5 p.m. The cruises are timed to include the setting autumn sun and, with luck, a dazzling western sky reflecting on the water. Get back in time to enjoy dinner or an evening out with friends just steps away in the restaurants and nightspots of SoNo.

Cruises occur aboard the Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound, a 64-foot catamaran that is the first research vessel in the country with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. It docks outside the IMAX Theater.

Space is limited on all Maritime Aquarium cruises, so advance reservations are strongly recommended.