The New York Aquarium Reopens for Families

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York, it devastated many of the surrounding areas. Since Coney Island was one area really impacted by the storm, both the boardwalk and the New York Aquarium had to be closed for safety concerns.

New York Aquarium Blogger Family Tour

Note: I was invited as media to Family Fun Day in Coney Island and received free entry to the New York Aquarium. No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

It was really a loss for New York area families but I'm happy to share that both the New York Aquarium and Coney Island are rebuilding to make a come back.

Recently The Alliance for Coney Island and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium invited a group of family bloggers to a special Family Fun Day in Coney Island.

New York Aquarium Blogger Family Tour

To start the tour, we learned a little about the rebuilding plans for the New York Aquarium. While some exhibits remained untouched, other were damaged and in need of repairs. In addition to repairing sections, the New York Aquarium will also build new exhibits with educational programs.

The partial reopening includes:
Glover’s Reef (featuring the sea life found in Glover's Reef, Belize); Exhibits in Conservation Hall (Coral Triangle of Fiji, Great Lakes of East Africa, and the Flooded Forests of the Amazon;) Outdoor exhibits of Sea Cliffs (walrus, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, and penguins); and a fully re-modeled Aquatheater with a new sea lion demonstration.

Education programs have resumed on a limited basis at the aquarium. These include the teen docent program, summer camp for students, and training for educators. In addition, aquarium staff will continue to work closely with the WCS Global Marine Program on the New York Seascape initiative to conduct conservation research from Cape May to Montauk.

New York Aquarium Blogger Family Tour

We also had the chance to learn more about some of the animals the New York Aquarium educate families about. My son was able to see, touch and learn more about sharks and their teeth along with a variety of other animals.

New York Aquarium Blogger Family Tour

Then the families were treated to a special performance in the Aquarium’s Aquatheater, where we enjoyed seeing the sea lions and walrus perform. We learned a lot of their habits, feeding habits and personalities. Then a the end my son and his friends had a special seat to see and hear one! Check out the video to below to see and hear also

My son was so surprised for a few minutes. I don't think he expected to hear him "speak" so close. LOL

New York Aquarium Blogger Family Tour

Next stop on our tour was the inside aquarium, where my son saw a diver taking care of the coral reef section. I had to explain to him why the man was in the water and that he didn't need help. LOL. Then we enjoyed seeing the colorful fishes in the other tanks.

Despite only being partial open, there's still a lot to see and enjoy at the New York Aquarium. Make sure to take your family for a visit this summer. And if you can, please support the New York Aquarium efforts while rebuilding by donating.

Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium is open every day of the year. Summer hours are May 25 – Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $9.95 per person; children under 3 years of age are admitted free. Fridays after 4 p.m. in the summer and after 3 p.m. in the fall, admission is by pay-what-you-wish donation. (Group rates and reservations are not available at this time, due to limited park capacity).

The aquarium is located on Surf Avenue at West 8th Street in Coney Island. For directions, information on public events and programs, and other aquarium information, call 718-265-FISH or visit the web site at

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