Coney Island Aquarium

The New York Aquarium, which is found on Coney Island, is the only aquarium in all of New York City. It’s also the oldest continually operating aquarium in the country, having opened in 1896. As is true of the several other facilities within the Big Apple realms, it is managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society. These other facilities include the Bronx Zoo, the Queens Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, and the Prospect Park Zoo. The New York Aquarium covers fourteen acres and is situated just off the famed Coney Island boardwalk. Next door is the also famous Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster.

You will find all kinds of animals inside the aquarium, more than 300 different marine species are on display. These species include fish, mammal, bird, and reptile representatives. Various exhibits are used to showcase certain creatures, as is true of the Touch Pool, which is home to starfish. Other exhibits include Alien Stingers, which revolves around jellyfish, and there is a large tank that is filled with sharks of various kinds. Keeping the sharks company in the water are sea turtles and stingrays.

There are many fascinating sea creatures to admire on a trip to the New York Aquarium. Among them are the sea lions that take center stage during the Sea Lion Celebration in the Aquatheater shows. Daily feeding demonstrations that highlight sea otters, penguins, and walruses can also be enjoyed during a visit to this celebrated Coney Island aquarium, and there are special programs and tours that cater to anyone who is interested. As for when you can visit, the New York Aquarium is open every day of the year. The summer hours are the longest, and special tickets that include a viewing of a nature film in the 4-D Theater PLUS are available.

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