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“Great Place for kids”

The Maritime Aquarium
Ranked #1 of 37 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.
New York City, New York
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Great Place for kids”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

The Maritime Aquarium is a great place to visit with kids ages 4 and up. The museum is located in Sono/South Norwalk, CT near the beautiful Norwalk Harbour with restaurants and shops.

Visited July 2012
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“Fascinating for all ages.”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

There were hands-on activities for the children, great displays and a variety of animals/fish/etc. Try to see the feeding of the seals.

Visited October 2012
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Peekskill, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nice for a small aquarium”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Took my 2yo with a Groupon.

This place is no Mystic Aquarium. It's kind of small compared to some of the famous aquariums. There is no 'show' featuring the animals, just feeding time for the seals.

However, for little kids, it's small enough that they can do everything in a single visit.

I didn't like you had to pay extra for the little DIY projects.

We went out to lunch at the SoNo bakery. It's walking distance so you don't have to move the car. However, it has limited seating which was an issue at lunch time on a weekday.

Thank mazafratz
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“An unspoken gem”
Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

Small-medium sized aquarium. a great place to spend 2-3 hours.
Great shark tank, and Awesome spacious touch tank, we're both features that Mystic and Boston don't have.
Museum is in a great little downtown area with cute restaurants and shops.

Thank BostonTravelgirl2000
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Madison Wi
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“Aquarium Cruise - Long Island Sound”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

The Maritime Aquarium - Norwalk offers Long Island Sound educational cruises Saturdays in September and October. I called after reading the description of this 2 1/2 hour cruise on the wedbsite and asked if it was only for adults with children, the service person giggled in a very polite way and went on to describe the cruise, where to get tickets and where to park. She did an outstanding job so we bought three adult tickets for $20.50 each for the September 29 cruise.

Captain Mike, Susan and Janet created the 8 adults and one child with enthusiasm and pride in what they were doing. The cruise stays within the Norwalk harbor, but goes out to the lighthouse marking the beginning of the harbor. Janet, Susan and the crew(you are the crew and will probably get a little wet) do three pulls of the harbor to bring up various aquatic life. The contents of each pull are dumped in a large tub on the ship. Janet and Susan then picked through the contents and pulled out individual species to identify, count and record largest, smallest and number. Their knowledge and the love and pride for what they were explaining was obvious in the explanations that they gave. The one child, understandably, was getting a little rambunctious, so Captain Mike sat him in the Captain's chair for a short period, with Mike watching everything. Susan and Janet, when I asked a question about alewife, that they had not heard about went to their book to show me the difference between alewife and what we were looking at. This is an outstanding, enjoyable, educational afternoon at a great price.

Visited September 2012
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