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THE MARITIME AQUARIUM IN NORWALK

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It's time for those fall weekend trips and one place that will provide a fascinating outing is the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut. The Maritime Aquarium opened in 1988 with the promise of preserving the ...

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It's time for those fall weekend trips and one place that will provide a fascinating outing is the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut.

The Maritime Aquarium opened in 1988 with the promise of preserving the area's maritime heritage and providing an entertaining and educational experience the whole family can enjoy.

That promise has been fulfilled with a wide range of exhibits and programs that make teaching about the natural ecology of Long Island Sound an unforgettable experience.

The Aquarium itself boasts a 110,000 gallon open ocean tank with sharks, stingrays and other creatures that ply Long Island Sound. The entrance area also features harbor seals "up close and personal," and there is also a "hands on" touch tank with crabs, sea stars, and rays. Perhaps the most popular feature is an exhibit of two playful otters splashing in their woodland home.

The Maritime Aquarium is also one of the few aquariums to have an IMAX theatre, offering films about science an nature in an exciting six-story high format. There are also plenty of interactive exhibits on boating and sailing on the Sound, and traveling exhibitions as well. In season, there are also special programs such as sailing excursions on the Sound and nature walks.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is about an hour from Nassau County via the Throggs Neck Bridge and I-95. For further information call (203) 852-0700, or log on to their website, www.maritimeaquarium.org. Enjoy!