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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.)

 

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Directions

The Maritime Aquarium is located at
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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GPS Directions
The Maritime Aquarium is located at 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854. Some GPS devices and computer map programs point to the IMAX® Theater entrance to our facility. The parking garage and Main Entrance are one block north near the intersection of Ann and North Water streets.

FROM POINTS IN CONNECTICUT
I-95 Northbound.  Exit 14 in Connecticut, Reed St. Go straight at two stop signs and continue down the hill to stop light. Go straight at the light (changes to North Water St.), under the RR overpass and follow the road as it bends to the right along the Norwalk River. At the first stop sign, you’ll see the Aquarium straight ahead and the parking garage to your right.

I-95 Southbound. Exit 15. Exit ramp splits: first stay to right following signs for South Norwalk, then stay left as you come to a "T." Left at light on to West Avenue. Turn left at second light, (double left turn lanes) onto North Water St. Go under the RR overpass and follow the road as it bends to the right along the Norwalk River. At the first stop sign, you’ll see the Aquarium straight ahead and the parking garage to your right.

The Merritt Parkway Northbound. Exit 39A onto Route 7 south. At end of Route 7, take middle exit (for South Norwalk). Right at light onto West Avenue. Turn left at first light. Go under the RR overpass and follow the road as it bends to the right along the Norwalk River. At the first stop sign, you’ll see the Aquarium straight ahead and the parking garage to your right.

The Merritt Parkway Southbound. Exit 40B. Right at light on to Main Avenue. At the light at the Dept of Motor Vehicles, take a left onto Grist Mill Road, then the second left onto Route 7 South. At end of Route 7, take middle exit (for South Norwalk). Right at light onto West Avenue. Turn left at first light. Go under the RR overpass and follow the road as it bends to the right along the Norwalk River. At the first stop sign, you’ll see the Aquarium straight ahead and the parking garage to your right.

The Danbury Area. Take Route 7 south. Just after entering Norwalk, watch for the Starbucks on your right, then take your next right on to Grist Mill Road. Take the second left on to Route 7 South. At end of Route 7, take middle exit (for South Norwalk). Right at light on to West Avenue. Turn left at first light. Go under the RR overpass and follow the road as it bends to the right along the Norwalk River. At the first stop sign, you’ll see the Aquarium straight ahead and the parking garage to your right. 

ROCKLAND AND ORANGE COUNTIES, NEW YORK
Take the Tappan Zee Bridge to 87 East. Take that to 287 East. At the end of 287, take the Exit for I-95 North. In Connecticut, take Exit 14. Go straight at two stop signs and continue down the hill to stop light. Go straight at the light, under the RR overpass and follow the road as it bends to the right along the Norwalk River. At the first stop sign, you’ll see the Aquarium straight ahead and the parking garage to your right.

FROM WESTCHESTER, NEW YORK HIGHWAYS
From the Hutchinson River Parkway: Take the Hutchinson River Parkway (becomes the Meritt Parkway in CT). Use Exit 39A, Route 7 connector South. At the end of the connector, take the middle exit, South Norwalk/Maritime Aquarium. Take a right at the end of the ramp onto West Avenue. Turn left at first light. Go under the RR overpass and follow the road as it bends to the right along the Norwalk River. At the first stop sign, you’ll see the Aquarium straight ahead and the parking garage to your right.

From Route 123: Follow Route 123 into CT (through New Canaan) and into Norwalk. Take the ramp on your right for the Route 7 connector South. At the end of Route 7, take the middle exit, South Norwalk/Maritime Aquarium. Take a right at the end of the ramp onto West Avenue. Turn left at first light. Go under the RR overpass and follow the road as it bends to the right along the Norwalk River. At the first stop sign, you’ll see the Aquarium straight ahead and the parking garage to your right.

Coming from the The Tappan Zee Bridge: Follow the signs for 287 East to I-95 North to Connecticut. Exit 14 in Connecticut off I-95. Go straight at two stop signs and continue down the hill to stop light. Go straight at the light, under the RR overpass and follow the road as it bends to the right along the Norwalk River. At the first stop sign, you’ll see the Aquarium straight ahead and the parking garage to your right.

From Route 87 / Route 287 East (and from Tappan Zee Bridge): If coming from Route 87 (NY State Thruway), take it across Tappan Zee Bridge to Route 287. At the end of Route 287, take the Exit for I-95 North. Take Exit 14. Go straight at two stop signs and continue down the hill to stop light. Go straight at the light, under the RR overpass and follow the road as it bends to the right along the Norwalk River. At the first stop sign, you’ll see the Aquarium straight ahead and the parking garage to your right.

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The Norwalk Parking Authority has more than 1,400 spaces available in three facilities all located within one block of the Aquarium! Norwalk Parking »

Maritime Garage (Vehicle height restriction: 7'2")
This facility offers 769 spaces and is located directly across from the Aquarium on North Water Street between Ann and Marshall streets. You are encouraged to bring your parking ticket down with you because payments are made in the garage's elevator lobby before you return to your vehicle. As an added convenience, payments are also accepted via MasterCard or VISA from your vehicle when exiting the garage. Simply, insert your ticket into the receptacle and follow the directions on the screen. Click here for rates.

North Water Street Lot
Located adjacent to our IMAX Theater on North Water and Washington streets, this lot has 60 parking spaces. Payment is required in advance at the automated pay station located under the shelter on the boardwalk. Please note your parking space number and follow the payment instructions on the pay station. Space permitting, this lot also serves as the oversized vehicle parking location. Click here for rates.

Webster Lot
600 spaces are available in this facility located one block from the Aquarium on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard between South Main and West Washington streets. This lot also serves as the oversized vehicle facility. Click here for rates.

Directions to the Webster lot from I-95 exit 14: From exit follow signs toward The Maritime Aquarium. When you are on West Avenue, you will come to a fork. The Maritime Aquarium is to the left and the train station is to the right. Bear right. The parking lot will be on your left.

Directions to the Webster lot from I-95 exit 15: Turn left at the end of the ramp. You will be on West Avenue. You will come to a fork. The Maritime Aquarium is to the left and the train station is to the right. Bear right. The parking lot will be on your left.

School or Charter Bus Parking
Click here to download bus directions and parking brochure.

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Metro-North Railroad
The Maritime Aquarium is a one-hour train ride from Grand Central Station. Get off at South Norwalk. Exit and walk down the driveway, turning right onto Monroe Street. Walk to the light and turn left onto South Main Street. At the next light, make a right onto Washington Street and proceed to the first light, where you will turn left onto North Water Street. The Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX® Theater entrance will be in front of you. (You can enter the Aquarium here; IMAX purchase not required.)

Discounted Train-Aquarium-IMAX ticket packages are available from Metro-North at any ticket office or full-service ticket machine (except South Norwalk station).

Price varies by departure location. For more information go to: Metro North Packages

By Boat
Tie up at the Norwalk Visitors Dock located on the starboard side as you're heading in, immediately before the Strofolino/Washington Street Bridge. (Fees are minimal.  Call 854-7806.) Walk across the bridge into South Norwalk, and The Maritime Aquarium is immediately on your right. There is plenty here for a weekend trip. Check out this travel story by New England Boating, Report from the field: Norwalk, CT.

Norwalk Transit Buses
The city of Norwalk offers public bus transportation. There are stops in South Norwalk. Go to Norwalk Transit for more details.

 
 
 
 

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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