A Family Visit to The Maritime Aquarium by Robin Gorman Newman

We have always been an aquarium-loving family, so this summer we decided to pay a first time visit to The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.  It is the only aquarium focused on Long Island Sound, and it explores related animals and conservation issues from around the world.

A constantly evolving facility, The Maritime Aquarium offers visitors personal interactions with animals and interpretation by knowledgeable staff and volunteers.  It supports an active collaborative research program on species and natural systems related to its collections, and it serves as a regional forum for dissemination of information related to Long Island Sound and the oceans.


The aquarium’s ultimate goal is to help people recognize that Long Island Sound enriches the quality of their lives, and must be protected.  From sea turtles to jellyfish to playful seals, there was plenty of underwater eye candy to observe and in some cases touch.

We spent about two hours, including taking in one of their IMAX® movies included in the price of admission. All standard movies are about 40 minutes long.  The film we chose was Superpower Dogs and totally loved it.  Very entertaining and enlightening film that sheds light on the training and all that these special dogs do to help people.

Here’s what is playing this fall…..

Movies Playing (as of September 13)

Superpower Dogs

Join an immersive IMAX adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story narrated by Chris Evans, our best friends are also real-life superheroes.

Show Times
Daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. starting Sept. 13


Experience how dolphins live and play, and unravel the mysteries of dolphin communication in this Academy Award-nominated IMAX film which takes you into the complex lives of these fascinating animals.

Show Times
Daily at 12 & 3 p.m. starting Sept. 13

Journey to the South Pacific

Take a journey to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea.

Show Times
Daily 1 & 4 p.m. starting Sept. 13

The museum offers workshops for educators, a camp program, pre-K, birthday parties, sleepovers, story time, cruises and more.  It truly is a lovely, engaging destination with plenty to experience for all ages without feeling overwhelmed.

Visit www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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