New York AquariumWebsite


Surf Avenue & West 8th Street
New York

Number of animals

The New York Aquarium houses 8,000 underwater creatures which represent 350 species.



Meet the zoo’s California sea lions as they demonstrate the relationship which they have with their keepers that helps to keep them stimulated.

4-D theatre

In this experience you no longer just watch a 3-D movie you experience it due to built in sensory effects.

*Remember to check the zoo’s website for terms, conditions, charges and opening times.*

The Size of the zoo

New York Aquarium is situated on 5.7ha (14 acres) of land.


Originally the New York Aquarium was situated at Castle Garden in Battery Park opening on December 10, 1896. This means that it is the United States longest continually operating aquarium.

6 years later its care was taken over by the New York Zoological Society. At the time it housed 150 species but under director Charles Haskins Townsend its collection was greatly expanded. He went on to lead the aquarium for 30 years.

October 1941 saw the aquarium closed due to a tunnel being constructed which may undermine its foundations. Most of the animals moved to the Bronx Zoo while a new aquarium was worked on.

World War II halted progress though so it was not until June 6, 1957 that construction at the current site on Coney Island was complete and the animals could make the move. This new aquarium was built at a cost of $9 million.

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York from October to November 2012 it caused major damage to the aquarium. Numerous buildings were damaged and the aquarium closed for a brief period of time. When it reopened two buildings remained closed. These are being reconstructed and will re-open in the next few years.

Main Exhibits

Conservation Hall Ocean Lovers can get a snorkeler’s eye view of marine life in this recreation of a reef. Featured here is the cownose ray.

Sea Cliffs Meet the animals who can move from the ocean to the sea with ease at this sea side exhibit. Here you will meet California sea lions, sea otters, black-footed penguins, harbour seals and pacific walrus.

Sharks, rays and turtles Meet the zoo’s sharks such as the sand tiger shark alongside rays and turtles in this habitat.