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Franklin Square, New York
August 9, 2006
From journal Weekend In Coney Island
June 5, 2005
It seems that the most bizarre and charismatic animals of the sea are over-represented in this exhibit. California sea otters, for instance, don't live anywhere near New York, but they sure are entertaining, so there are several to be seen here. But that was fine with me. I very much enjoyed watching those otters -- they always look like they're having so much fun swimming around in the water.
On the inside of one of the aquarium's buildings, you can see the sea lions swimming around underwater. They seem to enjoy swimming straight at the glass, then stopping right there. It is a bit thrilling to see one of these giant animals coming right at you and then stopping right at your face, eye-to-eye.
A few of the other cool things to see here: seahorses, jellyfish, an octopus, rays, Beluga whales, and assorted fish of many colors, shapes, and sizes. I imagine this would be a great place for kids, and indeed, I tripped over several of them who seemed to be enjoying themselves.
From journal Living in Brooklyn
October 25, 2004
Upon entering you are faced with a corridor of viewing windows looking onto different sea creatures, and of course, fish. You can see marine fish, corals, crabs, shrimps, and many other types of fish. There is also a large pool full of stingrays.
In another section you can see beautiful jellyfish floating around blue-lit aquariums, showing them off to their best. They are fascinating and very peaceful to watch. They have several tanks with several different species on show. There are also lots of tanks with sea horses, which are remarkable. There are many different types and colours and some of the males appeared to be pregnant.
Outside you get to see larger marine life such as sea lions, penguins, walruses, otters, and more. You can view these from the outside in landscaped areas, in which you can see underwater as well as on the surface. However, you can also go inside and see them underwater from much bigger viewing areas. The walruses were a particular favourite whilst we were there, as the huge male was doing his best to mate with a smaller female. Several people including young children were spellbound by his antics. He was chasing her around the pool, cornering her, and trapping her into submission. He was a very excited walrus! There was another walrus in the tank swimming around trying to pretend nothing was happening.
The otters were also in a playful mood, as they were swimming around, chasing each other, and playing with floating balls and rings. They are very mischievous and very cute, and I’m sure they know it!
The penguins were also very amusing, following each other into the pool, and then all jumping back out again, then back in and so on. They go from being graceful and fast in the water to being hilarious on land.
The beluga whales are a particular favourite of mine, and there were a couple here. The main viewing area was closed for refurbishment as was the main show pool, but you could view them through the large window. They seemed to be as interested in us as we were of them. We spent many minutes just staring at each other.
The aquarium has a couple of restaurants and a gift shop and is a nice place to visit if you are in the area. It is not one of the best I have been to, far from it, but neither is it the worst.
From journal A Week in New York
July 19, 2004
The aquarium starts you out with a tour of ocean life in tanks. They have a large stingray tank followed by smaller tanks full of more obscure species. It's a bit tough to see since most people cluster in front of the tanks to get a better look. For this reason, we made a quick tour of the aquarium before heading back to Manhattan.
I enjoyed seeing the odd, bright yellow seahorses. I couldn't resist buying a stuffed yellow seahorse from the gift shop.
Getting to the New York Aquarium is pretty easy and even has its own subway stop. Take either the D train to the Stillwell Avenue station or the F or Q train to the West 8th Street/Aquarium station in Coney Island, Brooklyn.
The hours vary by season so check out the NY Aquarium hours and rates page.
From journal Another New York Minute
Cork City, Ireland
April 4, 2003
The attractions are top-notch; some of the more well-known are the sea lions, who frolic outdoors in a man-made "sea cliff" with views of the boardwalk, and the famously "gay" penguins. (Ask an attendant, they'll know what you're talking about). Plus, unlike some other aquariums, this one is literally yards away from an actual ocean. Once you're done looking at the fishes you can go swim with them.
From journal New York City
November 30, 2000
From journal New York: Living in Brooklyn