It's all within an easy walk of the [train] station too – including The Maritime Aquarium, the one relatively new building in the group and the one that enables grownups to enjoy browsing and shopping while still entertaining the children."
– The New York Times
Visit the Aquarium

Sea Star Fun Fact

Try not to call these cool shoreline creatures "starfish." Sea stars aren't fish, so the proper name is "sea star."  (Similarly, call them jellies, not jellyfish.)



Hours of Operation

The Maritime Aquarium is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day of the year, except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. (Also please note that we close early ... at 3 p.m. ... on Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve days.)  From July 1 - Labor Day, we stay open until 6 p.m. daily.

PLEASE NOTE that on Thurs., April 24, the Aquarium will close early: at 3 p.m.

Please click on the "Visit the Aquarium" tab for general information to better plan your day. That page includes special information for Handicapped visitors, best time to avoid crowds, how weather affects our visitor experience, considerations for Senior Citizens, how long it takes to visit and more.

In case of inclement weather, please call 203-852-0700 for the latest details on delayed openings or early closings, or tune to the following radio or TV stations: WEBE 108 FM, WICC 600 AM, WPLR 99.1 FM, WNLK, WSTC, Kool, 95.9 WFOX; Cablevision News Channel 12, Channel 8 News, WFSB TV 3 or NBC CT News. We also post delays on our Twitter feed: @MaritimeAqua and on our Facebook Page: (Note: This web site may not always reflect the latest time changes, delays or closings.)

Because of the need to care for our animals, the Aquarium has two back-up generators. Generally we recover quickly after a storm. So check our Twitter feed or Facebook page or call. If we are open you can come in and charge your cell phone, use our public WiFi and get a hot meal. (Aquarium admission not required to charge your phone or use our WiFi, or to visit the Cascade Cafe and Gift Shop.)


We are very happy to now offer a mobile version of our web site. For those of you on the go, which is everyone, we have made it easier for you to find out all you need to know about The Maritime Aquarium from your internet accessible mobile device. Just type in "" in your mobile device's browser.


The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound
and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,
it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

10 North Water Street          Norwalk, CT 06854          Phone: 203.852.0700         Fax: 203.838.5416

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation

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