New York Aquarium

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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The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States, having opened in Castle Garden in Battery Park, Manhattan in 1896. Since 1957, it has been located on the boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn.


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  • The Corcoran Group

    Not the most fancy aquarium, but it’s really enjoyable. Make sure you catch the sea lion show and encounter the sharks and penguins.

    The Corcoran Group · April 15, 2011
  • naveen

    the sharks are actually not that exciting (sorry, boys). go talk to the walruses for a bit instead. the big one's as old as i am!

    naveen · January 31, 2010
  • Dani K.

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

    Dani Klein · September 1, 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
  • Len ❤.

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

    Len ❤❤❤ · January 13, 2014
  • Sebastian S.

    Keep your friends close and your anemones closer.

    Sebastian Stant · September 18, 2012
  • John $\(^o^)/$

    This is great!

    John $\(^o^)/$ · January 13, 2014
  • DJ Blackout

    go see the fishies

    DJ Blackout · July 17, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • John S.

    if you are seeing the sea lion show sit by the stools in the front row center where the seals will hop up and greet you

    John Smith · January 14, 2012
  • Marina U.

    Very short day. Wasn't much to do here. It wasn't very expensive but we were done in 1.5 hrs. That makes it better on the little ones with short attention spans.

    Marina Ugolini · April 27, 2011
  • KidsClubThirteen

    Kids Club 13 will host a free members-only event with Curious George on April 30 at the new exhibit Conservation Hall! Read more

    KidsClubThirteen · April 25, 2011
  • Josh H.

    SKIP the 4-D movie experience, especially if you have kids under the age of 6.

    Josh Hubball · September 10, 2010
  • 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
  • The Harlem Globetrotters

    Join us at the Collins Arena March 14 to see the Harlem Globetrotters. Guaranteed family fun! Get your tickets here: Read more

    The Harlem Globetrotters · March 11, 2013
  • Untapped Cities

    When architecture and art intersect, that’s when you get Wavewall. This station’s walls and stairway takes its form from the nearby Cyclone roller-coaster. Read more

    Untapped Cities · July 27, 2012
  • Longhair B.

    Do not go in June, July or August. Summer camps are everywhere. Unruly kids who are not supervised ruin it for everyone.

    Longhair Billy · August 4, 2011
  • Brazen L.

    Get a membership that includes free parking. Visit aquarium & then go to the beach or Coney Island.

    Brazen Lingerie · October 10, 2010
  • 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
  • Evgeni R.

    Look at our fishes

    Evgeni Rod · February 22, 2011
  • Lis R.

    Baby Sea Otter Jacob has just arrived... AWE!!

    Lis R · July 19, 2010
  • Greg K.

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

    Greg Kensington · September 17, 2014
  • Karen C.

    GO! the NYA is awesome!

    Karen Cantrell · August 19, 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
  • 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
  • Stephanie B.

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

    Stephanie B · May 25, 2013
  • 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
  • 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

    Head over to the NY Aquarium & catch a training demonstration starring outgoing and talented California sea lions. Read more

    NYC-ARTS · July 11, 2012
  • SoB  NY Chapter Pres

    Go to the Seaside Cafe and buy a Souvenir Cup for unlimited free refills

    SoB NY Chapter Pres · May 14, 2012
  • JoJo D.

    Free admission Fridays after 3pm (donation). Get here early, line forms quickly.

    JoJo Demirel · March 30, 2012
  • imbookin

    This underwater world is the host to endless species of wet wildlife.This venue is perfect for a corporate picnic or a formal event. Events held are @ Oceanic Deck, Sea Cliffs, or Alien Stingers.

    imbookin · October 13, 2011
  • Christine S.

    The fish were exciting to see

    Christine Smith · September 1, 2011
  • Steven

    fridays are free

    Steven · November 7, 2010
  • Stewart J.

    Freaking cool!!! Read more

    Stewart Jimenez · June 21, 2010
  • Patrick

    Visit the otter feeding. The keepers are friendly and will show you otter tricks and answer questions about the otters.

    Patrick · February 2, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ирина Р.

    Прикольное шоу)

    Ирина Романова · October 6, 2014