New York Aquarium

New York Aquarium

Aquarium · Coney Island
602 Surf Ave. (at W 8th St.), Brooklyn, NY 11224, United States
Open until 4:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–4:30 PM
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Open while we rebuild! Visit Glovers Reef, Conservation Hall, Sea Cliffs, the 4-D Theater, sea lion demonstrations in the Aquatheater, and more.


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    Alex K.
    "11am sea lion show * be on the beach by noon!"(16 Tips)
    Linda L.
    "The walruses and otter exhibits were the best!"(5 Tips)
    "Or oggle over the cute penguins, seals, otters at the sea cliffs!"(4 Tips)
    Carolyn M.
    "super storm Sandy has caused some exhibits"(3 Tips)
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  • Eugenia J.

    My boyfriend took my son here for his 7th birthday & he had a great time!!

    Eugenia Jackson · September 22
  • Monica C.

    The Penguins! The underwater viewing area was closed, but they are still so fun!

    Monica Cullen · September 20
  • Fodor's Travel

    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

    Fodor's Travel · September 9
  • Mike H.

    Make SURE you see the sea lion show.

    Mike Hopkins · August 8
  • Hollie S.

    The oldest aquarium! I must say the animals were the most outgoing! Can do the entire place in an hour

    Hollie Sick · June 22
  • Nate F.

    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

    Nate Folkert · June 6
  • Matthew S.

    Small and under construction, but cute

    Matthew Seife · June 3
  • Tom J.

    Decent collection of sealife, fun for a quick tour and fairly cheap but nothing special

    Tom Joseph · April 24
  • Linda L.

    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.

    Linda Le · October 11, 2014
  • Francisco B A.

    We will a nicer aquarium soon

    Francisco B Arbizu · September 27, 2014
  • Greg K.

    Very small. Still recovering from Sandy but currently at a reduced price for tickets.

    Greg Kensington · September 17, 2014
  • Amber T.

    Loved the sea lion show. The aquarium is still undergoing changes post Sandy. I'll be coming back in 2015.

    Amber Tsai · September 16, 2014
  • Nate F.

    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

    Nate Folkert · August 30, 2014
  • Rashida S.

    Fishes are beautiful...all different shapes and sizes.

    Rashida S · August 12, 2014
  • imurbbydoll

    Don't miss the Sea lion show! Its really fun!

    imurbbydoll · August 8, 2014
  • Louis M.

    Don't waste your money. Overpriced and half an aquarium at the moment.

    Louis Matta · August 6, 2014
  • Anna V.

    At the Sea lion show

    Anna Vasilishina · August 3, 2014
  • Mike C.

    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)

    Mike Ciliento · July 29, 2014
  • Chelsea V.

    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.

    Chelsea V. · June 8, 2014
  • Zane L.

    There were three exhibits closed when we came. Took about 15 minutes to see the whole thing. Cost: $24. Kind of underwhelmed.

    Zane Latta · May 6, 2014
  • Kiley S.

    Only about 40% of the museum is open right now due to reconstruction from Super Storm sandy

    Kiley Stevens · January 27, 2014
  • Len ❤.

    Great place for kids of all ages! Great beauty beneath the sea!

    Len ❤❤❤ · January 13, 2014
  • Ethan M.

    Go fish! Admission today was only five bucks due to construction but still well worthy it.

    Ethan McCarty · January 12, 2014
  • Incog N.

    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.

    Incog Nico · October 2, 2013
  • Dani K.

    This place is a zoo. (Too many people!)

    Dani Klein · September 1, 2013
  • veronique @ ..

    Right off the boardwalk, this fun, kid-friendly aquarium offers lots of opportunities to peek at creatures of the waterworld.

    veronique @ . · August 30, 2013
  • William R.

    Small until 2016

    William Radkovich · August 25, 2013
  • Karen C.

    Come! It's so much fun!!!!

    Karen Cantrell · August 21, 2013
  • Karen C.

    GO! the NYA is awesome!

    Karen Cantrell · August 19, 2013
  • 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!

    Sandy Saint Louis-Lindor · August 19, 2013
  • Lisa C.

    Due to construction from Sandy damage most of the aquarium is closed so expect a short trip

    Lisa Cucinotta · August 3, 2013
  • Rafael N.

    The sea lion show was good

    Rafael Nuñez · August 3, 2013
  • Alex K.

    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!

    Alex Kelly · July 31, 2013
  • Carolyn M.

    One of my favorite places to visit in NYC!! Unfortunately, super storm Sandy has caused some exhibits to be closed.

    Carolyn McLauren · July 17, 2013
  • Rebecca T.

    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.

    Rebecca T · July 15, 2013
  • Judy P.

    Fun at the beach

    Judy Pabon · July 9, 2013
  • Claire M.

    It's rebuilding fast, and it's open! And because if Sandy tickets are half off

    Claire Mo · July 4, 2013
  • Silvia S.

    Don't bother going until 2015 which is when the reconstruction is to be finished. They have no exhibitions open since hurricane Sandy, except for some fish aquariums, walrus & seals. Waste of time.

    Silvia S. · June 30, 2013
  • 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.

    NYC: The Official Guide · June 21, 2013
  • Ed J.

    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.

    Ed Jessup · June 10, 2013
  • John M.

    Don't come here if you are afraid of water or things that are wet...

    John Marachilian · June 1, 2013
  • Suzette R.

    Just reopened after the Sandy damage. Only about 50% open but we need to support our local businesses!

    Suzette Rivera · May 28, 2013
  • Jonathan L.

    Sadly not much open after Sandy. Very sad. Best of luck to the NY Aquarium!

    Jonathan Lowrie · May 26, 2013
  • Stephanie B.

    Hurricane Sandy closed a big part of the aquarium, check their website before you go

    Stephanie B · May 25, 2013
  • Rebeca D.

    Weekends in October: Ascarium, a pirate adventure!

    Rebeca Diaz · October 11, 2012
  • Rugi (Sebnem Shirley Arslan)

    It would be amazing if there could be also the dolphins...:)

    Rugi (Sebnem Shirley Arslan) · October 2, 2012
  • NYC Percent for Art

    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

    NYC Percent for Art · September 27, 2012
  • Sebastian S.

    Keep your friends close and your anemones closer.

    Sebastian Stant · September 18, 2012
  • Erin S.

    Do you enjoy claustrophobia? Definitely go in a weekend afternoon! The walruses are cool, though.

    Erin Schulte Collier · September 9, 2012
  • Lisa

    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.

    Lisa · August 19, 2012

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