NOTE: The Aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. We also close early, 3:00 p.m., on the holiday "Eve" days: Thanksgiving "Eve," Wednesday, November 27, and Christmas Eve Tuesday, December 24. (We also have an early close, 4:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 12 to prepare for a party rental.)
The Maritime Aquarium is different from most aquariums in that we focus solely on one body of water: Long Island Sound, the “Estuary of National Significance” just outside our doors. As an arm of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sound is an environment rich in aquatic life … even within sight of heavily urbanized New York City.
The marine population that we exhibit includes varieties of crabs, lobsters, mollusks (like delicious and economically important oysters and clams), game fish, jellies, sea turtles, sharks (big and small) and – in the winter – visiting seals.
The Maritime Aquarium is just minutes off I-95 in southwestern Connecticut. You can even take the MetroNorth train here from Grand Central Station: we're just a 10-minute walk from the South Norwalk Station.
Metro-North RR offers a discounted Getaway Package: click here for more information.
The Aquarium also is in the heart of Norwalk's fun South Norwalk (or SoNo) neighborhood, with lots of shops, restaurants and nightclubs. Click on Area Attractions for more.
Time? Allow two to four or more hours for your visit, depending upon whether you include an IMAX movie in your visit, how much of the intrepretive information you read for each exhibit, whether you take time to enjoy lunch and other considerations.
Crowds? Our Aquarium is built in large, 19th Century, former steam boiler and wood planing factories. We can accommodate quite a few guests comfortably. However, if you prefer a quieter visit, typically later in the day is best. School and camp groups (sometimes large) of children usually leave the Aquarium by 2 or 3:00 p.m. Summer months, and whenever school is out, are our busiest times.
Weather? Most all the Aquarium experience is indoors and therefore comfortably heated and cooled, depending upon the season. Covered garage parking is right next door. Our special summer exhibit is located outside on our riverfront courtyard. We have an outdoor picnic area along the river. also an outdoor playground on the street side of our building. With most everything indoors, we have been voted "Best Place for Kids on a Rainy Day" by Moffly magazine readers.
Handicapped and Senior Citizen considerations. The entire Aquarium experience is handicapped accessible, including the IMAX® theater, restrooms and cafe. Benches and resting places are placed throughout the galleries. You may want to read the "Crowds" note above and plan the time of your visit accordingly.
Trip Advisor. To learn what other visitors have to say, please read our TripAdvisor Reviews. And we encourage you to post a review when you return home as well. Other folks and families value your opinion, as does Aquarium management. Thank you!
Learn more by clicking on the links at right for: directions (includes parking), hours, prices and more.