Business Name: Maritime Aquarium
Business Genre: Northeast, Student Tours, Senior Tours, Aquarium
Long Business Description:
Touch a jellyfish, get close to prowling sharks and laugh at the antics of river otters during a fun adventure in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, this trending attraction is unlike other aquariums because it focuses on one body of water – that is: Long Island Sound. Yet, based on traveler ratings on TripAdvisor.com, The Maritime Aquarium is the number one aquarium in New England, ranking higher than the New England Aquarium in Boston and Mystic (Connecticut) Aquarium.
Norwalk’s location in southwestern Connecticut makes The Maritime Aquarium a great destination for a day trip or a perfect stop while traveling between New York and Boston. The Aquarium is conveniently located minutes off I-95 in the city’s historic waterfront South Norwalk neighborhood. Commonly referred to as “SoNo,” the popular area offers a wide variety of acclaimed restaurants on and near the city harbor, all within easy walking distance from the Aquarium.
A visit to The Maritime Aquarium is a fascinating exploration of Long Island Sound. As an arm of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sound is an environment rich in aquatic life, even within sight of heavily urbanized New York City. The Sound’s marine population – and The Maritime Aquarium’s exhibits – include sharks, seals, sea turtles, jellyfish and varieties of crabs, fish and mollusks, like delicious and historically important oysters and clams.
Exhibits are carefully designed to give people of all ages entertaining, educational and emotional experiences with animals. An Intertidal Touch Tank offers the chance to get a real feel for (literally) crabs, whelks, sea stars and other shoreline animals. Additionally, at the Shark & Ray Touch Pool and the “Jiggle A Jelly” exhibit, guests may safely touch creatures we have been told all our lives to avoid. These “touch” experiences are guided by the Aquarium’s 300-plus trained volunteers.
When visiting, factor in time for a spectacular IMAX movie – one 45-minute film is included with admission. This summer, choose between “Backyard Wilderness” and “Pandas,” showing on the Aquarium’s six-story screen, the largest in Connecticut.
For senior groups, fall is an excellent time to schedule a visit. The summer crowds are gone, and school field trips are yet to ramp up.
Learn more about the aquarium and plan a visit, including nearby “SoNo” restaurants, by going online to maritimeaquarium.org. To schedule a group visit, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.
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