New York Aquarium
New York Aquarium
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Situated on 14 acres by the sea in Coney Island, the Aquarium is home to over 8,000 animals. The Aquarium provides an enjoyable experience for the whole family. See amazing sharks, playful sea otters and so much more.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey5,442 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an excellent afternoon at the aquarium. The new Shark exhibit is wonderful.
    I spent the afternoon at the NY Aquarium in Coney Island and what a delightful day of seeing the animals and fish, watching a very entertaining Seal show and walking through the new Shark exhibit and tanks. It was really a nice visit as the whole aquarium has been updated and refreshed since it almost got destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. All the animals, the penguins, otters and seals were all outside and active on this warm sunny afternoon and very playful. The seals were swimming around entertaining people. During the show, one of the seals who had been born at the aquarium, seemed almost human since he was so used to being around people. He really got the crowd moving. The new Shark exhibition and the large visual tanks is very interesting. You got to walk under where the sharks were swimming and their interaction with other fish and sea life. They are fascinating displays to describe their lives in the ocean and the very painful experience of having their fins cut off for soup. It really showed how we can destroy the oceans with acts of abuse on the wildlife. It was an eye opener how sharks have their effect on the cycle of life in the oceans. The other fish and coral exhibits show what is happening in the oceans today with things like bleaching and over-fishing and how the aquarium are working with the industry to change life and make people aware of life in the oceans. They do it in a way that is entertaining and informative.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Glenn W. MD at Wysdom Dental
    Horton, United Kingdom51 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exhibit Closure Frustration
    We were over in Manhattan for our annual visit and decided to go to see the sea otters again and the shark exhibit that was being worked on the last time we visited. We were so disappointed that the sea otters were off from public view and a major part of the shark exhibit was shut. I don't think it's too much to ask that if major exhibits are closed for some reason it should be flagged up to potential visitors so they can make an informed decision about going - or not. I don't think it should be up to the vistors to check the specifics. The Aqua Theartre was flagged as shut so why not the others. We won't be visiting again if we can't be sure what is open. It's not like it's cheaper when things are shut.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 11, 2023
  • Ashely Fang
    New York City, New York389 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I am a sturgeon
    Cute aquarium! A lot of buildings storing different tanks, so be prepared to spend about half your time walking around outside. Has a short tunnel-crawling and domed tanks, as well as some adorable seals, penguins, and sea otters. We went around the afternoon in the dead of winter, and even then it was surprisingly crowded. Not a massive aquarium, but does a lot with the space they have. Got some great photos of fish staring me down.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 14, 2024
  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey5,442 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great day at the New York Aquarium, there is so much going on
    The New York Aquarium is a fascinating place. The tanks were filled with fish and mammals that are so well taken care of and the tanks are colorful and a approach to show us how these populations should live. The coral reefs are in trouble and these tanks show has they should be taken of and how a healthy it should be. The seal tanks and the shows are very interesting in that the seals are so well taken care of and how they interact with humans. They were born in captivity and you can see how they live and interact with each other and with the audience. There was also a interesting art exhibition going on with works made of plastics that are found in nature. The works show what we are throwing away and what can be creating from it. It also showed what we are throwing away. That was a fascinating way of looking art. There is so much to do at the aquarium that it takes more than one visit.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written July 5, 2024
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DebD
Malden, MA30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
I am not sure if I can call it a real aquarium - a tiny place with limited collection. Most exhibits were unfinished. Saving grace were the sea lions show and a few sharks. This is not worth $26 ticket and $40 parking. This place doesn't even have a decent eating place inside and once you get out, reentry is prohibited. Never again!
Written February 16, 2020
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We had such a fun day at the New York Aquarium! There are a bunch of fun exhibits of fish, seals/sea lions, penguins, and otters on the way in. Two of their biggest exhibits, the sharks and "Spineless" (the invertebrates) were both open and we had a lot of fun exploring both of these. The highlight of the day was the sea lion demonstration at the Aquatheater. The trainers and staff were so enthusiastic, leading fun songs and dances for the audience alongside the sea lions.
Written September 5, 2020
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ5,442 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
I spent the afternoon at the NY Aquarium in Coney Island and what a delightful day of seeing the animals and fish, watching a very entertaining Seal show and walking through the new Shark exhibit and tanks. It was really a nice visit as the whole aquarium has been updated and refreshed since it almost got destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

All the animals, the penguins, otters and seals were all outside and active on this warm sunny afternoon and very playful. The seals were swimming around entertaining people. During the show, one of the seals who had been born at the aquarium, seemed almost human since he was so used to being around people. He really got the crowd moving.

The new Shark exhibition and the large visual tanks is very interesting. You got to walk under where the sharks were swimming and their interaction with other fish and sea life. They are fascinating displays to describe their lives in the ocean and the very painful experience of having their fins cut off for soup. It really showed how we can destroy the oceans with acts of abuse on the wildlife. It was an eye opener how sharks have their effect on the cycle of life in the oceans.

The other fish and coral exhibits show what is happening in the oceans today with things like bleaching and over-fishing and how the aquarium are working with the industry to change life and make people aware of life in the oceans. They do it in a way that is entertaining and informative.
Written September 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

xertzi
94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
After the disappointment of Luna Park, the boardwalk, Coney Island and it's beach it was a delight to get in to the aquarium. We used our sight seeing pass to get in despite the information saying we were supposed to register 24hrs in advance.

The seals were great to watch and the penguins would have been too of they weren't so smelly. The only problem is the angle on the glass means when looking underwater we can see our reflection and not the animals.

The seal display was interesting but was not subtle in ramming the environmental impact of humans on us.

The shark and invertebrate houses were very informative and well laid out despite their small size. The exhibits are generally good with plenty of pretty fish.

For and drink is available in the cafeteria. It's basic not expensive and tasty.
Written July 22, 2023
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ5,442 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
The New York Aquarium is a fascinating place. The tanks were filled with fish and mammals that are so well taken care of and the tanks are colorful and a approach to show us how these populations should live. The coral reefs are in trouble and these tanks show has they should be taken of and how a healthy it should be.

The seal tanks and the shows are very interesting in that the seals are so well taken care of and how they interact with humans. They were born in captivity and you can see how they live and interact with each other and with the audience.

There was also a interesting art exhibition going on with works made of plastics that are found in nature. The works show what we are throwing away and what can be creating from it. It also showed what we are throwing away. That was a fascinating way of looking art.

There is so much to do at the aquarium that it takes more than one visit.
Written July 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Clare S
Hatfield, United Kingdom35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited the Aquarium with our sightseeing pass from Manhattan. It is so easy to find and very educational, which would explain the hoards of screaming children banging on the glass that ruined the experience slightly. We enjoyed the new Shark experience and the seal show is a must. Just a warning that over half of this attraction is outside so make sure you dress appropriately when visiting.
Written January 27, 2020
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Glenn W. MD at Wysdom Dental
Horton, UK51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We were over in Manhattan for our annual visit and decided to go to see the sea otters again and the shark exhibit that was being worked on the last time we visited.

We were so disappointed that the sea otters were off from public view and a major part of the shark exhibit was shut.

I don't think it's too much to ask that if major exhibits are closed for some reason it should be flagged up to potential visitors so they can make an informed decision about going - or not.

I don't think it should be up to the vistors to check the specifics. The Aqua Theartre was flagged as shut so why not the others.

We won't be visiting again if we can't be sure what is open. It's not like it's cheaper when things are shut.
Written December 11, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

marilu
Palm Springs, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
Awesome sea lion show! My son loved the sharks and the spineless exhibition. The kids small exhibition was closed unfortunately due to renovations. At the end got to go to the 4D theater it was really really cool definitely check it out! Overall a great place to visit with family.
Written May 20, 2021
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Sightseer7203
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I think it was graet besides all the acky feet pain from the lots of walking me and my fam did to see the whole thing. Some advice if your an animal lover bring as much money as you can becouse ther is so many cute things to buy there and the food is prety expensive. GREAT VEIWS of the big animals.If you love animals as much as me then I would also recomend that you go to the Bronx Zoo ther is lots of beutiful animals there and in the sumer of 2003 there is going to be a new atraction called the tiger mounten when I was there last sumer I saw them making it. bye,HAVE FUN.
Written December 21, 2002
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Robert W
Brooklyn83 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
In a great location on the Coney island Boardwalk, this is hardly worth the trip. Its been six years since SuperStorm Sandy wiped this place out, and its been painfully slow in rebuilding. The much hyped Shark Exhibit will take about twenty minutes to go through. The sea lion show features two animals doing exactly the same thing and takes place in a broiler foil of an amphitheater with no shade and laughable water cooling fans. The food kiosks aren't ready when the park opens, and the staff while helpful, seems embarrassed by the lack of attractions. For some reason, WCS, which also runs the Bronx Zoo, charges an astounding $25 for this not yet built attraction, as compared to about $15 for the much better run zoo. No good reason to go there yet.
Written September 6, 2018
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