New York Aquarium

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Muchmor on October 25, 2004

The New York Aquarium is located at Coney Island, and we spent an hour or so there in September. We had visited Coney Island, but although very warm, it had started to rain, so we went to the aquarium to pass the time.

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.

New York Aquarium
Surf Avenue at West 8th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11224

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