18 – New York for Piccolas and Piccolos : NY Aquarium

The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States, having opened in Castle Garden in Battery Park, Manhattan in 1896. Since 1957, it has been located on the boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The aquarium is operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as part of its integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium, most notably the Bronx Zoo. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).


Sharks swim at Hudson Canyon's edge at the New York Aquarium. Photo Julie Larsen Maher


As part of Wildlife Conservation Society, the aquarium's mission is to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.


Aerial view of the Aquarium, the boardwalk, and Luna Park – Brighton Beach, Coney Island


Crawl through a glass tunnel to feel like you're in the depths of the ocean, surrounded by marine life. Image credit: Mommy Poppins


The newest and major exhibit, “Ocean Wonder: Sharks!,” is a must-see. A swanky 57,500-square-foot pavilion, situated right on the boardwalk, houses marine animals, including some of the exhibit’s titular saw-toothed predators.


How to get here

By subway you get to the New York City Aquarium taking the F or Q train to New York Aquarium/West 8 Street). Always check out the MTA New York City's subway schedule or download their app to your mobile device.


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