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The Top 6 Aquariums Near Rockland County for Families

The Top 6 Aquariums Near Rockland County for Families

Spend a day getting up close to marine life at one of these aquariums—they're all within 2 hours of Rockland County!

Aquariums in the Rockland County area are once again accepting young visitors eager to experience undersea wonders. Watch as your kids first press up close to tanks with undersea inhabitants from clown fish to beluga whales and more. For those with a real sense of adventure, in Camden, NJ, there’s even a suspension bridge over a 21-foot-deep shark tank for those who are courageous enough to attempt the crossing. Check out these top aquariums near Rockland County to find your next under-the-sea adventure!

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Aquariums in New York

New York Aquarium 

602 Surf Ave., Coney Island
Hours: Through July 1: Daily, 10am-6pm (last entry at 5pm). July 2-Sept. 6: Sunday-Thursday, 10am-6pm (last entry at 5pm), Friday-Saturday, 10am-8pm (last entry at 7pm)
Admission: Monday-Thursday: $26.95; $24.95 seniors ages 65 and older; $22.95 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger. Friday-Sunday: $29.95; $26.95 seniors ages 65 and older; $24.95 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Distance from Nyack: Approximately a 1-hour, 30-minute drive

The New York Aquarium, part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, is home to 350 marine species and 18 sharks and ray species on 14 acres on Coney Island.

Aquariums in New Jersey

Jenkinson’s Aquarium

300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach
Hours: Daily, 10am-10pm
Admission: $15; $10 seniors ages 65 and older; $9 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger
Distance from Nyack: Approximately a 1-hour, 45-minute drive

The aquarium’s exhibits give visitors the opportunity to get up close to animals from all over the world, including African penguins, harbor seals, local sea life, turtles, parrots, and sharks. For an extra fee, visitors can also participate in animal encounters to meet penguins and sloths. 

Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Drive, Camden
Hours: Daily, 9am-5pm (last entry at 2:30pm Monday-Friday; last entry at 3:30pm Saturday-Sunday)
Admission: $31.99-$34.99; $29.99-$32.99 seniors ages 65 and older; $21.99 children ages 2-12. Reservations required.
Distance from Nyack: Approximately a 2-hour drive

Attractions include Caribbean Currents, Creature Feature, Hippo Haven, the KidZone, Little Blue Beach, Ocean Realm, Penguin Park, Piranha Falls, Sea Turtle Cove, Shark Realm, Stingray Beach Club, Gill’s Grotto, and Touch A Shark. You can even walk just inches above the 21-foot deep Shark Realm exhibit on a V-shaped rope suspension bridge.

New Jersey Sea Life Aquarium

1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford
Hours: Through July 1: daily, 10am-6:30pm (last entry at 6pm). Starting July 2: Sunday-Thursday, 10am-7pm (last entry at 6pm); Friday-Saturday, 10am-9pm (last entry at 8pm)
Admission: Online prices: $28.99; $23.99 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger.
Distance from Nyack: Approximately a 40-minute drive

This NYC-themed aquarium, dubbed the City Under the Sea, features exhibits with a nod to NYC’s most memorable moments—like Times Square, Fifth Avenue, rush hour, and Studio 54. Visitors will see sharks, sting rays, jellyfish, clownfish, sea horses, starfish, and more. 

Aquariums in Connecticut

Maritime Aquarium

10 N. Water St., Norwalk
Hours: Daily, 10am-5pm; Members-only hours: Monday, 10-11am
Admission: $28.95; $24.95 seniors ages 65 and older; $19.95 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3. Guests are highly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online.
Distance from Nyack: Approximately a 1-hour drive

The Maritime Aquarium is a landmark in Connecticut and home to nearly 75 live exhibits featuring more than 2,700 marine animals of 300 species including jellyfish, sharks, tortoises, quail, porcupines, and sea bass. For an extra fee, you can see a movie in the aquarium’s 4-D theater or board the Marine Life Encounter Cruise.

SeaQuest Trumbull 

5065 Main St., Suite 1106, Trumbull
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11am-7pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 11an-6pm
Admission: $17.95; $14.95 military, students, and ages 55 and older; $11.95 children ages 2-11
Distance from Nyack: Approximately a 1-hour, 20-minute drive

Seaquest Trumbull aquarium introduces you to thousands of animals from the rainforest, desert, and depths of the sea. You’ll learn about animals and their ecosystems, hand-feed sharks, get swarmed by birds, hold a snake, and come face-to-face with iguanas. Snorkeling experiences are available as well.

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