Nearby Norwalk, CT, offers an amazing attraction that delights visitors of all ages. The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a great place to spend the day exploring all of the wonders within the sea. You can see all of your favorite sea creatures up close and even get the chance to interact with some of them. So, next time you come to stay at the Stanton House Inn, head to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk to see your favorite animals, observe special exhibits, and just have an all-around great time! Like the Mystic Aquarium on the other side of the state, the Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk is one of the best family activities in Connecticut!
About the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is located in South Norwalk, Connecticut. It is home to many different species of fish as well as mammals. The aquarium features touch tanks and hands-on opportunities for guests to get to up close and personal with their favorite animals. Educational programs are also a big part of the aquarium’s mission and they have a 40-foot research vessel. As one of the state’s biggest attractions, the aquarium sees an average of 500,000 visitors yearly. Another major Connecticut attraction focused on sealife in the state is the Mystic Aquarium on the other side of the state in, you guessed it, Mystic.
Animals at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
When you visit the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, you’ll be able to see a wide array of fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. Favorite animals at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk include giant Pacific octopuses that enjoy enrichment activities like playing with puzzles and toys. There is a shark tank with some of the largest residents of the Long Island Sound, sand tiger sharks. You can see the sharks be fed on Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 12:15 & 2:15. Another popular spot in the aquarium is the turtle tank. There are two green sea turtles and one loggerhead turtle. There are also mammals like harbor seals and river otters. Guests love to see the otters playing and enjoy watching the seals feed. Other popular attractions are the Jellyfish Encounter, and the Shark & Ray Touch Pool.
Another fantastic nearby Connecticut attraction to see animals is the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Special Exhibits at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Along with the regular animal exhibits, there are special exhibits to explore. The current special exhibits at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk include the “Flutter Zone”, which is an immersive experience where you walk through an environment of tropical butterflies on the aquarium’s riverfront courtyard. Another special exhibit is “Dragons! Real or Myth?” where guests can get to know real world animals with “dragon” in their name. Other exhibits include “Jiggle A Jelly” where you can touch a jellyfish, and the adorable Meerkats. There is also an IMAX Theater with a screen that is six stories high.
Staying Near the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
When you visit the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, be sure to make your accommodations at the Stanton House Inn. Our Greenwich bed and breakfast is the ideal place to rest and relax in between all of your adventures in the area. Our rooms and suites combine timeless style with modern amenities that will keep you in the utmost comfort during your stay. Our location is convenient to all of the downtown Greenwich attractions, shops, and restaurants that you’ll want to visit. When you stay at Stanton House Inn, you’ll have a truly memorable time in the Greenwich area. We can’t wait to see you soon! And for more recommendations on things to do in Greenwich, Stamford, and Norwalk, be sure to download a copy of our free Connecticut Travel Guide!