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New York Aquarium

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Coney Island
602 Surf Ave., Coney Island, NY 11224 40.574972 -73.974528
at W. 8th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-265-4740 Send to Phone

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Official Website

nyaquarium.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-5:30pm; Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm during summer; Sat-Sun, 10am-7pm during summer

Nearby Subway Stops

F, Q at W. 8th St.-New York Aquarium; D, F, N, Q at Coney Island-Stillwell Ave.

Parking

  • On Premise Parking
  • Street Parking

Prices

$13, $10 seniors, $9 children 2-12, free for children under 3

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Profile

Since its 1896 opening, the city's only aquarium—and the oldest in continuous operation nationwide—has grown from 150 to 8,000 specimens and moved from a modest home in Battery Park to 14 seaside acres in Coney Island. An affiliate of the Wildlife Conservation Society, the aquarium furthers the study and preservation of nautical life through events and classes, laboratory research, and special, often interactive, exhibitions. Animals are generally placed in replicas of their natural habitats: Sea otters and black-footed penguins swim amid the rocks, trees and choppy waves typical of the Pacific Northwest; nurse, white tip, sand tiger and sand bars sharks swim a 90,000-gallon tank. For visitors looking for something a little less natural, the rascally California sea lions perform three or four shows daily at the outdoor, 1600-seat Aquatheater. A 2002 addition entitled "Alien Stingers" showcases the less-than-beloved jellyfish in surprisingly beautiful shades. As for those elusive mermaids, you'll have to wait for Coney Island's annual summer parade.

Weddings

Here, couples can say “I do” outdoors, surrounded by walruses, penguins, and Willie the sea otter, followed by a candlelit reception in a room walled on one side by a 150,000-gallon coral garden. The rental fee is $7,500, 100 percent of which goes to the Wildlife Conservation Society. Parties must start after closing (4:30 P.M.), but can go on long into the night.

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