Accessibility

The New York Aquarium offers a diverse collection and superb viewing experiences for all our guests. Whether you're getting a snorkeler's-eye-view of a coral reef, or cheering on California sea lions at the Aquatheater, you'll find plenty to see and do during your visit.

This webpage provides information and identifies the accommodations we are broadly able to provide to support guests with disabilities during their visit. Please consult the current park map, available on your mobile device or posted in the Lobby, for daily information and schedules.

For additional questions, or assistance with visit planning, please contact Guest Relations at guestrelations@wcs.org or 718-220-5103. Due to high volume of correspondence, we recommend reaching out at least 7 days prior to a planned visit.


ACCOMMODATIONS UPDATE 3/7/22

Proof of vaccination is not required for a visit. Masks are recommended, but not required, and can be used based on personal preference. Guests and staff may continue to wear masks for a variety of reasons, so please be kind and considerate of others.

Policies are subject to change, and all guests must abide by the park rules in effect on the date of visit. When changes happen, we make every effort to align our website and park signage with updates in a timely manner. Always check the Know Before You Go page before you arrive for the most up-to-date information.


All Aquarium buildings and exhibits are wheelchair-accessible.

Exhibit Stairs Rough Terrain Assistive Listening Touch Exhibit Low Light
Conservation Hall X X
Glover's Reef X X
Sea Cliffs X
Aquatheater X
Ramp Accessible
X
4-D Theater X X

Restrooms

Accessible restrooms are located just past the Aquatheater.


SENSORY SENSITIVITIES

The NY Aquarium partnered with KultureCity to improve the park’s ability to assist and accommodate guests with sensory processing needs. The objective is to provide an inclusive and seamless experience for every guest, regardless of age and ability, including those with sensory processing disorders (SPDs). The Aquarium has installed signage identifying quiet zones and headphone zones to help visitors as they explore the grounds.

PREPARING FOR MY TRIP TO THE AQUARIUM

SENSORY BAGS

Sensory bags containing fidget tools, noise-canceling headphones and other resources, are available for checkout (at no cost by leaving an ID) from the Admissions staff at the entrance lobby.

QUIET ZONES

Due to the compact layout of the park, we encourage guests to use the variety of benches spread out around the main Plaza as a good area for a break.

PLEASE NOTE – due to current construction planned for the area between Aquatheater and the Plaza, some benches may be relocated. Thank you for your understanding.

HEADPHONE ZONES

We have identified areas that are noisy and where guests tend to linger as “Headphone Zones.” These areas include: area along Sea Cliffs outdoor exhibits (animal sounds from sea lions and penguins); at Aquatheater show (outdoor amphitheater with music playing during sea lion show); 4D Theater (located outside the park in front of the main entrance.)

FAMILY RESTROOM

A family restroom is located inside Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit – close to the exit of the building.

STAFF TRAINING

Another aspect of the KultureCity partnership involved training Zoo staff members to increase understanding of SPDs, informing them about the efforts the aquarium is making to better serve the community and to discuss strategies each department can implement to support this initiative.

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