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“A manageable size and no crowd”

The Maritime Aquarium
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Norwalk
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound and protect it for future generations.
Denver, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A manageable size and no crowd”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

My 3 small grandkids (under 6) spent 3 hours cruising through the aquarium. We watched two seal feedings and they enjoyed the hands-on exhibits. Friday afternoon in March -- no crowd!

Visited March 2014
Thank Richard B
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Norwalk, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Fun, Interesting Aquarium”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

My office held our Holiday Party here and it was a great success. A cocktail hour was held near the otters which were a delight to watch swim around and dinner was held in the main gallery which is where the seals are kept.

When visiting for normal purposes, the shark tank is a great experience. Overall, the aquarium offers a huge variety of sea life and they really offer visitors a great opportunity to learn about the Coastal Connecticut marine life.

Visited December 2013
Thank Matthew K
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Westchester County
Level 6 Contributor
332 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“A little worn but good for young children”
Reviewed 22 February 2014

This NYC suburbs field trip staple plays it part very well in presenting middlebrow information about Long Island sound and displaying some of its fishy inhabitants (flounder, cool!). The main collection of exhibits shows its age with some cramped tanks. Seals spin around a small track and otter look for entertainment in their limited environment. The major, central tank still impresses with menacing 10 foot sharks staring hungrily into the small amphitheater. Attempts to mix it up with visiting exhibits (currently meerkats), and petting tanks (sorry stingrays) represent the headliners of the institution and cuts through the tedium of the displayed fish. While the snack bar area is to be avoided the aquarium offered the most incongruously sumptuous gift shop. In short, put this one on your biyearly calendar and don't plan to stay more than 90 minutes.

Visited February 2014
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walden, NY
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Our 5th visit and we'll keep coming back”
Reviewed 2 February 2014

We have been coming to this aquarium since our daughter was 2. She is almost 7 now, and we still enjoy all of our time here! We visited on a Sunday in January when their new "pet the jellyfish" exhibit opened. Jellyfish feel uniquely different than one would expect. The highlights of the visit for us are the shark/ray touch tank, and the meerkats. I think this is a great outing for a family group mixing all ages. We took advantage of a package deal with the nearby DoubleTree Hilton, which gave 1 night's stay and 4 admission/imax tickets (2 adult, 2 children). Highly recommended to aquarium lovers, families, or just about anyone.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank brianslady17
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Maritime_Aquarium, Manager at The Maritime Aquarium, responded to this review, 6 February 2014
Wow! Thank you so much for taking to review us not once, but twice! So happy to hear that you and your family have shared so many memories with us. Here's to many more!
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Long Island, New York
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Meerkats and more!”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

This was our second visit to the aquarium and it did not disappoint!
Although there is a large variety of sea life, our favorite pastime is watching the six, or so, meerkats frolicking within their natural-looking habitat. These adorable creatures are part of the mongoose family. Don't miss the jellyfish exhibits, as well. They offer a hypnotic experience!
The sharks are amazing to watch, as well as the rays, which are in a touch tank.
They also have a narrated exhibit with seals, which have been trained to perform tasks.
Plan to spend several hours, especially if you view one of the paid IMAX presentations.

Visited January 2014
Thank FiOS-Dave
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