Aquariums in the New York Area
Here are the aquariums in the New York area—as well as Connecticut and New Jersey—complete with their reopening dates, adjusted hours, and safety precautions.
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Mystic Aquarium is home to thousands of species of marine mammals, fish, invertebrates, and reptiles. Exhibits include beluga whales, sea lions, seals, sharks, penguins, octopi, clownfish, seahorses, sting rays, and jellyfish.
SeaQuest Trumbull - Open
5065 Main St., Ste 1106, Trumbull, CT
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm; Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Adult (12+), $14.88; Senior/military/student, $11.88; Child, $7.95
What you need to know: Reduced occupancy, floor stickers for social distancing. Interactions limited to the same family group. Interactions that are open: snorkel with stingrays, sloth, kinkajou, bengal cats, kookaburra, otters. Toucan interaction temporarily unavailable. Birthday parties limited to 10 people or fewer. Masks required. Contactless payment encouraged.
Seaquest Trumbull aquarium introduces you to thousands of animals from the rainforest, desert, and depths of the sea. You’ll learn about animals and their ecosystems, hand-feed sharks, get swarmed by birds, hold a snake, and come face-to-face with iguanas. Snorkeling experiences are available as well.
Jenkinson’s Aquarium - Open
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Hours: Daily, 10am-10pm; High risk/ elderly hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 9am-10am
What you need to know: Limited occupancy, tickets available at the door. Masks required for everyone over the age of 2. Masks are available for sale in the gift shop. One-way traffic. Social distancing required. Touch experiences unavailable at this time. All published animal feeding times, keeper chats, animal encounters, on-site education programs, and behind-the-scenes tours suspended.
Exhibits like Atlantic sharks, Pacific sharks, coral reefs, penguins, and seals give you the opportunity to get up close to animals from all over the world.
Atlantic City Aquarium - Open
800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City, New Jersey
Hours: Daily, 10am-5pm (last admission 4:30pm Sept.-June, 5pm July and Aug.) Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Admission: Adults (13-61) $10; Seniors (62 and older) $7; Children (4-12) $6; Ages 3 and younger free
Exhibits include fish of the mid-Atlantic ocean, Moray eels, stony coral tank, soft coral tank, tropical shark touch tank, moon jellies, clownfish and anemone tank, mid-atlantic coastal zone touch tank, diamondback terrapin territory, stingray touch tank, tropical rainforest, mullica river, piranha tank, and Australian exhibit.
Adventure Aquarium - Open
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ
Hours: Daily, 9am-6pm; Members only, Monday-Friday, 9-10am through Sept. 4
Admission: Adults (13+) $31.99; Kids (2-12) $21.99
What you need to know: Capacity limited. Reservations required.
Attractions include Caribbean Currents, Creature Feature, Hippo Haven, the KidZone, Little Blue Beach, Ocean Realm, Penguin Park, Piranha Falls, Sea Turtle Cove, Shark Realm, Stingray Beach Club, Gill’s Grotto, and Touch A Shark. You can even walk just inches above the 21-foot deep Shark Realm exhibit on a V-shaped rope suspension bridge.
Exhibits will include jellies, the urban jungle, the seahorse mangroves, stingray bay, sharks fish avenue, reef at night, ocean tunnel, ocean view hub, rush hour of the ocean, freshwater, and the tiny giants touch pool.