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“Excellent outing for families!”

The Maritime Aquarium
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Norwalk
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound and protect it for future generations.
walden, NY
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent outing for families!”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

We have been 3 times, most recently this summer. The aquarium has renovated its front entry to be large, spacious, and inviting. It seems like they renovated the touch tank too, so there are more spots for people to reach in and feel a bat ray or skate. The main star of the attraction are, on course, the aquatic animals. There is a meerkat tunnel your child can climb up into, and we always love sitting and watching the jellyfish tube, and the shark wall. It's nice to see a local focus on the Long Island Sound. The outdoor area is used to host a special attraction-- 2 years ago it was penguins, and this time it is an albino crocodile. They also have an imax theater built into the aquarium--- for a few dollars more, you can see an imax movie. My daughter LOVED the Born Wild movie. The restaurant isn't anything special, but you can eat a picnic lunch outside on the tables, and enjoy the view. Or there are other restaurants in the vicinity. Overall, I would highly recommend for anyone with young children. It's a great way to spend 3 or 4 hours, and we loved it! PS they will take a picture of your family and email it to you, a nice perk.

Visited July 2012
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Shelton, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great place to visit while in Ct!”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Wonderful aquarium; lots of exciting exhibits! A really nice way to spend the day; especially if looking for an activity for children

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New York
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Great for Kids”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

My husband had never been to Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, and we were in the area, so decided to visit - I have not been there in years, and the neighborhood sure has grown! The aquarium is small and has some interesting exhibits, but it is really geared towards younger children, with the touch tank and other interactive areas for the kids. We did enjoy our visit, but made it through the entire place in about 2 hours, and that included our time watching the seal feeding/show.

Visited September 2012
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Norwalk, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great Activity with the Kids”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

You can't go wrong spending a day at the Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk. Great marine life, staff, volunteers, and great interactive exhibits. If you are going to go back more than once a year, buy the family past as it is a bit pricey.

Visited September 2012
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great for the kids!”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

Many hands on activities for the children. Knowledgeable guides make this an enjoyable experience for all. Make sure to check the times on the feeding of various animals! Petting tank was very cool

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