New York Aquarium

New York Aquarium

Coney Island, Brooklyn
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    Joseph T.
    "Sea Lion show is worth it, the new shark exhibit is great."(22 Tips)
    Linda L.
    "The walruses and otter exhibits were the best!"(8 Tips)
    Fodor's Travel
    "... sea otters, seals, and walrus frolic: the best action is at feeding time."(5 Tips)
    "Don't miss the new sharks exhibit!"(4 Tips)
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  • Scott C.heart icon on user image
    Scott CautionJune 12, 2017
    Great thing to do to beat the heat at coney for a bit. Pretty small but worth the ticket as it goes to help their funding.
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  • Nate F.heart icon on user image
    Nate FolkertJune 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    sea lion show has some fun tricks, but the short lectures on biology and conservation may not hold the attention of your 3 year old
  • NYC Percent for Art
    NYC Percent for ArtSeptember 27, 2012
    Have you seen Toshio Sasaki's -dimensional mural on the at the Sea Cliff's Exhibit? "First Symphony of the Sea" includes familiar sea life as well as abstract forms along the 332ft concrete wall. Read more
  • Joanna F.heart icon on user image
    Joanna FlammSeptember 14, 2018
    The new shark building is amazing! The line is shortest when everyone else is waiting for the sea lion show. Don't forget to go to the touch tank (and bar!) on the roof!
  • Alex K.
    Alex KellyJuly 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there at 9:55 on a week day * hit the penguin feeding when they announce it {on the warmer summer days it will be the only time to see them} * see the 11am sea lion show * be on the beach by noon!
  • Dustinheart icon on user image
    DustinSeptember 3, 2018
    Get here by 10 AM and just walk into the shark exhibit
  • Benjamin H.heart icon on user image
    Benjamin HealyAugust 25, 2018
    The shark exhibit is really cool. Be sure to get in early to beat the line and venture up top to touch a tiger shark!
  • Nina F.heart icon on user image
    Nina FruminSeptember 22, 2017
    Nice, Clean & fun Aquarium.Don't miss the puppet shows for the little ones. Also, be prepared to have your picture taken at the entrance, for future purchase. Pictures are cute but on the pricey side.
  • RP Z.heart icon on user image
    RP ZJuly 28, 2018
    Don’t go if you plan to arrive after 10:30, esp. if you’re driving. Any later: no parking, busloads of kids, and LONG lines for attractions. Arrive 9:30-10, see Sharks 1st, Sea Lion show @ 11, chill.
  • Joseph T.heart icon on user image
    Joseph TerranellaFebruary 17, 2020
    Been here 5+ times
    Sea Lion show is worth it, the new shark exhibit is great. Make sure to bring snacks as concession stand closes randomly and has a very limited menu.
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    MikeAugust 10, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    The new shark exhibit is very cool but that’s about all there is to see here. Nice time killer if you live nearby but very lame compared to other aquariums. Hit the boardwalk after.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SwiftJuly 15, 2018
    Check out the ocean view deck (especially if it's hot and crowded) to get some beach views and breeze and hourly puppet shows.
  • Linda L.
    Linda LeOctober 11, 2014
    The walruses and otter exhibits were the best! This aquarium is rather small due to construction, it took more time on the train getting there than to explore the entire aquarium.
  • NYC: The Official Guide
    Admission on Fridays from 3pm until closing is pay-what-you-wish. Fun fact: This is America's oldest aquarium, dating to 1896.
  • Ethan M.
    Ethan McCartyJanuary 12, 2014
    Go fish! Admission today was only five bucks due to construction but still well worthy it.
  • Nate F.heart icon on user image
    Nate FolkertAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    a lot of it is still under renovation, so you'll want to plan to visit some other spots in coney rather than make the trip just for the aquarium
  • Ed J.heart icon on user image
    Ed JessupJune 10, 2013
    The New York Aquarium has just recently reopened after sustaining a great deal of damage from Sandy. There is very limited attractions at the moment.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    At the Sea Cliffs, you can watch penguins, sea lions, sea otters, seals, and walrus frolic: the best action is at feeding time. Read more
  • Holiday
    HolidayJuly 24, 2016
    Nice staff here;) very small aquarium. Oldest in the country. It's been under construction, 2012 hurricane sandy. Every Friday from 4 to 6, pay as you wish.
  • Amy E.heart icon on user image
    Amy EngJuly 29, 2018
    While everyone is watching the sea loin show quickly get on line to the shark exhibition. Line should be shorter.
  • Spencer W.heart icon on user image
    Spencer WongMarch 22, 2016
    Sea Lion show saved the day, but otherwise this place is very small...only good because my toddler loves sharks and they have quite a few
  • Amber T.
    Amber TsaiSeptember 16, 2014
    Loved the sea lion show. The aquarium is still undergoing changes post Sandy. I'll be coming back in 2015.
  • imbookin
    imbookinOctober 13, 2011
    This underwater world is the host to endless species of wet wildlife.This venue is perfect for a corporate picnic or a formal event. Events held are @ Oceanic Deck, Sea Cliffs, or Alien Stingers.
  • Steve L.heart icon on user image
    Steve LeVineSeptember 5, 2022
    It was all pretty good bathe sea lion show in the aquatheater is entertaining.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJuly 27, 2012
    When architecture and art intersect, that’s when you get Wavewall. This station’s walls and stairway takes its form from the nearby Cyclone roller-coaster. Read more
  • Roman
    RomanFebruary 19, 2012
    At the sea lion show, Sit in the middle and in the front row. You will get a chance to see the sea lion very close. Arrive early to get that seat.
  • Incog N.
    Incog NicoOctober 2, 2013
    The bad news: The Aquarium is still recovering after Hurricane Sandy so there are few exhibits. The good news: Admission is only $9.95 and there are cute penguins.
  • Len ❤.heart icon on user image
    Len ❤❤❤January 13, 2014
    Great place for kids of all ages! Great beauty beneath the sea!
  • Mike C.
    Mike CilientoJuly 29, 2014
    If you don't mind a small walk, park in the Brooklyn cyclone's parking lot ($9) as opposed to the Aquarium's lot ($25)
  • Rebecca T.
    Rebecca TJuly 15, 2013
    Struggling hard post-Sandy only 3 animals and a little 15 min sea lion show but If you're already at Coney Island it's cute and now now only $10.
  • Hollie S.heart icon on user image
    Hollie SickJune 22, 2015
    The oldest aquarium! I must say the animals were the most outgoing! Can do the entire place in an hour
  • Carolyn M.
    Carolyn McLaurenJuly 17, 2013
    One of my favorite places to visit in NYC!! Unfortunately, super storm Sandy has caused some exhibits to be closed.
  • David A.heart icon on user image
    David ArrJuly 11, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    Ocean Wonders is the icing on the cake. Don’t let the dated reviews keep you from visiting.
  • veronique @ ..
    Right off the boardwalk, this fun, kid-friendly aquarium offers lots of opportunities to peek at creatures of the waterworld.
  • imbookin
    imbookinOctober 11, 2011
    A great place to host a kid's bday party! Have an adventurous little one? Alien Stingers is the space for it. Or oggle over the cute penguins, seals, otters at the sea cliffs!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 15, 2011
    Not the most fancy aquarium, but it’s really enjoyable. Make sure you catch the sea lion show and encounter the sharks and penguins.
  • Sandy S.
    The aquarIum was only 40% open. They are still rebuilding after super storm Sandy. They will most likely be 100% open by spring 2014 they said. ...hopefully!
  • Xander D.
    Xander DitzelOctober 15, 2016
    Make sure to check out Tacoma and Cleo at the sea lion exhibit. Tacoma is a total clown.
  • John S.
    John SmithJanuary 14, 2012
    if you are seeing the sea lion show sit by the stools in the front row center where the seals will hop up and greet you
  • Monica C.heart icon on user image
    Monica CullenSeptember 20, 2015
    The Penguins! The underwater viewing area was closed, but they are still so fun!
    NYC-ARTSJuly 11, 2012
    Head over to the NY Aquarium & catch a training demonstration starring outgoing and talented California sea lions. Read more
  • Tiffanni J.
    Tiffanni JMay 28, 2012
    The aqua theater was the best thing from the whole aquarium. Bring you own food. It saves you a lot of money.
  • Eugenia J.heart icon on user image
    Eugenia JacksonSeptember 22, 2015
    My boyfriend took my son here for his 7th birthday & he had a great time!!
  • Ілона Ч.heart icon on user image
    Very nice place to visit with kids
  • Ashley A.heart icon on user image
    Ashley AlvarezFebruary 25, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Getting back on its feet post Sandy but the otters at feeding time are the best!
  • nancita j.
    nancita jonesAugust 16, 2022
    Wednesdays are free from 3:00pm. You still need to get timed tickets.
  • Chelsea V.
    Chelsea V.June 8, 2014
    Even though they're still rebuilding after Sandy, there's not much to see or do here anyway. We were there for about 45 mins. Big disappointment.
  • Lisa
    LisaAugust 19, 2012
    Eva is absolutely the sloooooooowest ice cream server!! On line 20 min so far and there were only 3 ppl ahead of me!! In front of penguin area.
  • Erin S.
    Erin Schulte CollierSeptember 9, 2012
    Do you enjoy claustrophobia? Definitely go in a weekend afternoon! The walruses are cool, though.
  • Rashida S.
    Rashida SAugust 12, 2014
    Fishes are beautiful...all different shapes and sizes.
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