Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New York Aquarium

The New York Aquarium can be found at the end of the boardwalk at Coney Island, so if you want to take a break from all the craziness you should call in to learn a thing or two about marine conservation.

Currently under renovation after significant damage was caused during hurricane Sandy in 2012, the aquarium is still open for business. A large section is closed off while the construction work takes place. But it’s still worth a visit if you are at Coney Island.

The conservation hall where you can see lots of species indoors is still open. You can also still see the walrus, sharks, penguins and several others that are outdoors.

Throughout the grounds they have varied hands on educational experiences for children to enjoy. When we visited there was a ‘build a nest’ activity, which encouraged children to build a nest for turtle eggs (well ping pong balls).

The stars of the aquarium are definitely the sea lions! With three shows in the magnificent Aquatheater daily make sure you catch one.

The trainers are great and are really passionate about the sea lions and reinforce some other messages such as the importance of recycling.

Be warned that the Aquatheater is outdoors so you are exposed to all the elements. We visited mid August and it was so hot we couldn’t last the whole show we had to leave half way through.

The aquarium doesn’t shy away from the fact that large portion of the grounds are closed off due to the construction. They are clearly excited about the new area opening, and so are we! When complete there will be fully immersive and interactive exhibits featuring sharks, rays, sea turtles and thousands of schooling fish.

You can find out more about the New York Aquarium and which areas will be open when you visit on their website.

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