New York Aquarium Reopening Celebration

Friday, July 1st, 2022 11am – 8pm

This summer, for the first time in a decade, the New York Aquarium will be fully open, fully restored, and fully amazing.

We have rebuilt from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. We have reopened areas that were closed due to COVID-19. And we welcome you to new interactive exhibits that bring you closer than ever to the aquatic animals who share our world.

Join us to celebrate a historic day for New York City’s only aquarium.

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Shark Training Session

Join us in the Ocean Wonders: Sharks! coral reef tunnel to learn more about these misunderstood but iconic animals, and the behavioral training that helps our keepers care for them.

Time 1:30pm

Sea Lion Celebrations

Join us in the Aquatheater for a demonstration of sea lion training and behavior, and meet our newest sea lion pups!

Time 11:15am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5pm

Penguin Chat

Waddle over to Sea Cliffs to hear from our expert keepers about caring for penguins.

Time 2:30pm

Diving Chat

Join us at Ocean Wonders: Sharks! as a team of divers enter the habitat to be surrounded by animals, and learn what it’s like to dive with sharks.

Time 1:30pm

Sea Life Puppet Parade

Join the fun and celebrate with your favorite aquatic animals.

Time 12:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:15pm

Sand Sculpture

Join us for the unveiling of a 25-ton sand sculpture celebrating aquatic animals and the reopening celebration.

Sand sculpture on display throughout the day.

Z1OO DJ Skeery Jones

Join Z100 DJ Skeery Jones for games, music, prizes, and more!

Time 11:00am - 1:00pm

More To Sea...

Throughout the day, enjoy music, trivia, crafts, Wildlife Theater, guided experiences at PlayQuarium’s touch pool, and much more:

New Exhibit!

Sea Change

In a NEW exhibit, enjoy underwater views of our sea lions, harbor seals, penguins, and otters - and learn about the impacts of climate change on wildlife and the habitats we share with them.

Giant Octopus Photo Op

Prove you were there when it all happened! Take an iconic Coney Island photo in front of our giant octopus mural and tentacles.

Quest Station & Discovery Guides

Join a scavenger hunt to learn about marine life at the aquarium and in the wild.

Plan your visit today. We hope to see you there!

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