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“Excellent way to learn about the LI Sound”

The Maritime Aquarium
Ranked #1 of 33 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.
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“Excellent way to learn about the LI Sound”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

This aquarium had an amazing variety of different displays full of educational info as well as beautiful creatures. The jellyfish exhibit was spectacular. We even got to pet a shark! For the seal show, Vicki, the trainer gave us a great appreciation for these lovely local marine mammals. We have come back many times, and it is always an interesting place to visit.

Visited October 2013
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“Excellent visit!”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

The Maritime Aquarium has a really interesting mixture of creatures and other entertainment, including an IMAX Theater. Lots of fun stuff for the kids, including touch tanks, and the jellyfish are amazing, both in the beautifully lit tanks and in the area where they let you see how they are cultured. And their seal show is special -- the seals seem really bonded with the trainers, and there's lots of interesting information and nothing artificial about it. It's easy to spend many hours there.

Visited October 2013
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Monterey, California
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“What a great place!”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

This in an excellent melding of an aquarium and a maritime museum. The live exhibits are fun, engaging, and well done. This is well worth visiting numerous times. It's large, and you can't really appreciate it all in one visit. Great place for kids and families, especially.

Visited December 2013
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic Aquarium and more!”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

Lots to see! Especially entertaining for children. Lots of hands on and learning activities. You can stay for hours. Check the schedule for feedings and special events. The IMAX Theater part of the aquarium so plan to see one of the presentations. Definitely worth checking out the website to see what attractions are there and what to plan to see. Located in SONO with shopping and lots of choices for eating. If you go in the summer check out the trips to the lighthouse and boat trips on the sound to see the wildlife.

Visited January 2013
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Maritime_Aquarium, Manager at The Maritime Aquarium, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Thank you for the kind words highlighting all the offerings we have here at the Aquarium. We're glad you enjoyed your trip and are happy to hear when our visitors get the full SoNo experience!
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Well Done!”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

Recently renovated and improved, The Maritime Aquarium is the new jewel of Norwalk. It is a beautiful place for family fun, with things to learn for the litlle ones. The IMax theater is fun for every one. The partenership between the Aquarium and the Norwalk Schools brings knowledge about the "Sound's" maritime life into the young students minds.
The Aquarium has a schedule for feeding the seals, which will bring around lots of kids. The big tank with sharks is also giving a good view of under the water life. Once in a wihle, educational display presented and explained by the VERY profesional workers (like Mr. Bill, Ms. Nicole) bring more knowledge to everyone. It is a beautiful place to be for a week-end day, together with the family, with fair rates and great potential. Fun! Don't forget to bring the camera!

Visited February 2013
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Maritime_Aquarium, Manager at The Maritime Aquarium, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
The new jewel of Norwalk? You're too kind! Thank you so much for the positive review -- We're always happy to hear when our volunteers go the extra mile to educate and inform our visitors. Glad you and your entire family enjoyed your trip :-)
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