Activities & Resources
New York Aquarium452in Brooklyn, NY 11224
about New York Aquarium:
The sea jellies, sharks, and walruses are the biggest hits, but the whole family can enjoy standing under a curved pane of glass as a waterfall cascades overhead and splashes past.
The seahorse exhibit is amazing, including yellow horses and dragon horses, and detailed information about how baby horses are born. The octopus, who would squeeze himself into a corner even if given a larger tank (invertebrates apparently like confined areas), will wow kids of all ages as he ripples his tentacles past the glass.
The Sea Lion shows are wonderful - outdoors all year, weather permitting - and are included in the price of admission. Call in advance to check times.
A Deep Sea 3-D simulator ride ($4 per person, per ride, with purchase of an Aquarium admission ticket) is open to folks 36 inches and taller, and launches participants inside a deep sea submarine to explore the ocean floor, dive with a sperm whale, and tangle with a giant squid. The simulator is open all year, weather permitting.
Food is available at the Seaside Cafe, or bring sandwiches and eat at the picnic tables on the Explore the Shore Plaza.
In a brilliant marketing move, the Glover's Reef tank extends to the gift shop, so you can have a few final pleasant views of beautiful Caribbean fish and eels as you pick out mementos.
Birthday parties, designed for children ages three to 11, include arts and crafts, hands-on activities, role-playing, and more. Sea-themed paper goods are included. Maximum 16 children; weekends only from September-May. Call 718.265.3448 for reservations.
Summer camp programs are also offered; visit the website for information.
The Aquarium is wheelchair accessible. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.