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(800) 433-4149 with any registration difficulties.
NYA Summer Camp
Add an underwater adventure to your summer vacation! New York Aquarium campers will gain an understanding of ocean life through play and exploration. We bring all the fun of Aquarium Camp with health and safety as a top priority.

Participants in this program will spend plenty of time outdoors during a range of weather conditions, including heat, humidity, and precipitation, as well as travel over uneven, natural surfaces. Accommodations may be available. Please contact us for more information.

Summer Camp operates from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. We offer an Extended Care add-on that runs from 3:00PM - 5:00PM. Extended Care includes fun activities, exhibit visits, and nature play exploration. Add on items such as Extended Care and additional camp t-shirts are available for purchase once you add a camp to your cart.

Cuttlefish (entering Pre-K4 or K)
Regular Price: $575.00
Member Price: $515.00
Artistic Animals
Discover the ocean and its Fin-tastic creatures while also developing your creative abilities! Your little one will explore the aquarium through art, play, exhibit visits and animal encounters. Each day will feature an artist and their aquatic alias to learn about life under the sea. 

*This drop off camp is designed for Pre-schoolers and those entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2023. Campers must be 4 years old on or before their first day of camp. One week per camper.

Cuttlefish 3 Day (entering Pre-K4 or K)
Regular Price: $345.00
Member Price: $275.00
Artistic Animals
Discover the ocean and its Fin-tastic creatures while also developing your creative abilities! Your little one will explore the aquarium through art, play, exhibit visits and animal encounters. Each day will feature an artist and their aquatic alias to learn about life under the sea. 

*This drop off camp is designed for Pre-schoolers and those entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2023. Campers must be 4 years old on or before their first day of camp. One week per camper.
Session Artistic Animals 7/5-7/7: Wed, Jul 5, 2023 - Fri, Jul 7, 2023 9:00AM - 3:00PM Available

Penguins (entering 1st-2nd grade)
Regular Price: $575.00
Member Price: $515.00
Spineless Wonders
Did you know most animals don’t have backbones? Journey to Spineless and see jellies swim with no brain, an octopus squeeze into a tiny cave, and cuttlefish camouflage into their background. We will meet aquarium animals, go behind the scenes, and the explore Coney Island beach to find spineless neighbors.

Session Dates:
June 26 - June 30, 2023
July 10 - 14, 2023
July 24 - 28, 2023
August 7 - 11, 2023
August 21 - 25, 2023

Aqua Science
Dive into the ocean through a scientific lens! Join our team of marine scientists as we investigate different questions each day such as "What makes sea lions good swimmers?" and "Why don't all penguins live in cold habitats?" Through hands-on experiments, exhibit visits and animal encounters your camper will develop the skills to become a mini-marine biologist. 

Session Dates:
July 31 - August 4, 2023
August 14 - 18, 2023
August 28 - September 1, 2023

Camper must be entering 1st or 2nd grade in the fall of 2023.

Penguins 3 Day (entering 1st-2nd grade)
Regular Price: $345.00
Member Price: $275.00
Aqua Science
Dive into the ocean through a scientific lens! Join our team of marine scientists as we investigate different questions each day such as - "What makes sea lions good swimmers?" and "Why don't all penguins live in cold habitats?" Through hands-on experiements, exhibit visits, and animal encounters, your camper will develop the skills to become a mini-marine biologist. 

One week per camper, but you can also sign up for a 5-day Spineless Wonder camp. Camper must be entering 1st or 2nd grade in the fall of 2023.
Session Aqua Science 7/5-7/7: Wed, Jul 5, 2023 - Fri, Jul 7, 2023 9:00AM - 3:00PM Available

Otters (entering 3rd-5th grade)
Regular Price: $575.00
Member Price: $515.00
Whale Tales
Go on an exciting adventure that will take you deep into the ocean to meet the incredible creatures that live there! You'll learn all about their amazing adaptations and discover the truth behind some of the most famous sea stories. Along the way, you'll meet otters, sea lions, and other marine animals that call the ocean home. Get ready to dive into the world of Whale Tales and have an adventure you'll never forget.

Session Dates:
June 26 - 30, 2023
July 10 - 14, 2023
July 24 - 28, 2023
August 7 - 11, 2023
August 21 - 25, 2023

Sea Specialties
Have you ever seen a shark walk on land? Or an octopus disappear? Join us as we investigate our ocean’s unique animals and their habitats. Through hands-on projects, animal encounters, and exhibit exploration, we’ll learn how marine animals use their extreme adaptations to survive in the ocean, past & present!

Session Dates:
July 31 - August 4, 2023
August 14 - 18, 2023
August 28 - September 1, 2023

Camper must be entering 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade in the fall of 2023.

Otters 3 Day (entering 3rd-5th grade)
Regular Price: $345.00
Member Price: $275.00
Sea Specialties
Have you ever seen a shark walk on land? Or an octopus disappear? Join us as we investigate our ocean’s unique animals and their habitats. Through hands-on projects, animal encounters, and exhibit exploration, we’ll learn how marine animals use their extreme adaptations to survive in the ocean, past & present!

One week per camper, but you can sign up for a 5-day Whale Tales camp as well. Camper must be entering 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade in the fall of 2023.
Session Sea Specialties 7/5-7/7: Wed, Jul 5, 2023 - Fri, Jul 7, 2023 9:00AM - 3:00PM Available

Sharks (entering 6th-8th grade)
Regular Price: $575.00
Member Price: $515.00
Oceanographer Observations
What does a horseshoe crab and a shark have in common? From plankton to whales, each day we will investigate the way the world changes and supports life. Go behind the scenes, meet new animals, and explore the Coney Island beach as we learn what makes the world go ‘round.

Session Dates:
July 10 - 14, 2023
July 24 - 28, 2023
August 7 - 11, 2023

Saving Sea Life
Want to know what it takes to protect our ocean? Join us this summer to investigate the successful conservation efforts that are saving marine life in our ocean. Through hands-on investigations, debates, research activities, and animal encounters, we will discuss new ways to save endangered ocean species.

Session Dates:
July 31 - August 4, 2023
August 14 - 18, 2023

Camper must be entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the fall of 2023.

 
NYA Birthday Parties
Make your wildlife lover's birthday an unforgettable experience with a party at the New York Aquarium!

A non-refundable deposit is required to book. If you have questions, please contact the Birthday Coordinator prior to booking at nyabirthdayparties@wcs.org.

Party includes:
  • Party coordinator to help you plan your child's party.
  • One parking pass for the birthday family.
  • VIP seating to the Sea Lion Show
Extra party time and extra participants are available for an additional fee.

NYAB Sea Lion Party (ages 3-11 years)
Regular Price: $750.00
Member Price: $675.00
The Sea Lion party includes VIP seating to the Sea Lion Show, animal encounter, ocean activities and a party host to lead you through the fun! This party is for children turning 3-11 years old.

A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a birthday party at the New York Aquarium. If you have questions, contact the Birthday Party Specialist prior to booking online at nyabirthdayparties@wcs.org.

Submitting this form reserves your birthday party date & time & requires a non-refundable deposit. The Birthday Party Specialist will reach out to you within 3 business days, at which time you will have the option to add on additional participants or party time for an additional cost. The price listed above is for up to 25 people, including the birthday family.

Shark Party (ages 6-12 years)
Regular Price: $750.00
Member Price: $675.00
A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a birthday party at the New York Aquarium. If you have questions, contact the Birthday Party Specialist prior to booking online at nyabirthdayparties@wcs.org.

The Shark Party includes VIP shark touch pool experience, shark activities and a party host to lead you through the fun! 

Available starting 1.14.2023


Submitting this form reserves your birthday party date & time & requires a non-refundable deposit. The Birthday Party Specialist will reach out to you within 3 business days, at which time you will have the option to add on additional participants or party time for an additional cost. The price listed above is for up to 25 people, including the birthday family.

 
NYA Early Childhood Programs

Mini Marine Explorers 1 Day (0-5 w/caregiver)
Regular Price: $30.00
Member Price: $24.00
Bring your small fry for a big adventure at the NY Aquarium! Explore, play, and move through the new PlayQuarium and our other exhibits with your young aquarist before the Aquarium opens. Each week we will explore and learn about life under the sea, play together, and meet an ocean animal.

Animal Senses: Sound - January 21, 2023
Animal Senses: Smell - January 28, 2023

Outrageous Otters - ​March 4, 2023
Super Sea Stars - March 11, 2023
Playful Penguins - March 18, 2023
Sensational Sea Lions - March 25, 2023


One ticket covers one child age 0-5 years and a caregiver. If you would like to add on one additional participant, you may do so during check out. (Add-on tickets are limited.)
 

 
NYA Family Programs

Edge of the Sea (ages 3+)
Regular Price: $30.00
Member Price: $24.00
Meet us at the beach as we explore our sandy shores and learn about our aquatic neighbors found right here in Coney Island!

Seaside Explorations - Sunday May 7, 2023
Join us for this one-of-a-kind family experience as we head down to the edge of the water to explore the sandy shore ecosystem. We will collect plant and animal evidence and use field guides to identify and sort what we find. We’ll meet a live local animal and walk away with an appreciation for the amazing aquatic organisms that call Coney Island home.


This program is for families with children ages 3 and up. Tickets are per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Session Seaside Explorations - Sun 5/7: Sunday, May 7, 2023 2:00PM - 4:00PM Available

Keeper for a Day (ages 3+)
Regular Price: $30.00
Member Price: $24.00
Calling all future animal keepers! Join us as we explore what it's like to be a keeper, go behind the scenes, and meet a small ocean animal up close.

Coral Reef Connections - Saturday February 4, 2023
Dive below water as we explore incredible coral reef habitats! Find out why corals and the reefs they form are important homes for fish and many other aquatic animals. Discover the diversity of life on the reef as we meet a live reef animal, and learn about how animals live and grow in this underwater habitat.

Sea Otter Observations - Saturday March 4, 2023
Dive below water as we explore like sea otters. This family program lets you join your child as we explore the relationship between sea otters and the kelp forest and learn how we can be habitat protectors! We will chat with a sea otter keeper, go behind the scenes, and meet a small ocean animal up close.

Ecosystem Explorations - Saturday April 1, 2023
Dive below water as we explore the world's ocean! You will become an ocean explorer to investigate marine habitats in our bilingual PlayQuarium exhibit. Our educators will guide your family through an interactive sensory experience, with their own New York Aquarium passports. Families will meet an animal guest and learn how marine animals interact with their environments.


This program is for families with children ages 3 and up. Tickets are per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

 
NYA Children's Programs

Junior Keepers (ages 6-11)
Regular Price: $40.00
Member Price: $32.00
Calling all future animal keepers! Join us as we explore what it's like to be a keeper, go behind the scenes, and meet a small ocean animal up close.


Sea Otters in the Kelp Forest ​ - March 12, 2023
Calling all future animal keepers! Dive underwater to explore sea otter habitats! You will learn about the important role of sea otters in the kelp forests, and even catch a glimpse of our new sea otter. You will go behind the scenes and meet a small ocean animal that lives in the kelp forest. 

Sea Turtles in the Coral Reef ​- April 23, 2023
Calling all future animal keepers! Explore the important relationship between sea turtles and the coral reef and learn how we can be habitat protectors! We will meet our sea turtle, go behind the scenes to see what she eats, and meet a small ocean animal up close.

River Monsters in the Rainforest​ - May 21, 2023
Calling all future animal keepers! Discover the mysteries of the flooded Amazonian rainforest and the giant river fish that call it home, and learn how we can be habitat protectors! We will go behind the scenes and meet a small ocean animal up close.


This program includes walking in areas that may be dimly lit. All pathways are wheelchair accessible.

This drop-off program is for children ages 6-11 years.

 
NYA School Break Programs

5 Day Camp (1st-8th grade)
Regular Price: $500.00
Member Price: $400.00
No school? Dive into the aquarium instead! Explore our exhibits, see behind the scenes, and meet some of our ocean invertebrates up close!

Habitat Defenders (1st - 5th grade) - February 20-24, 2023
Learn all about ocean habitats, the scientists who protect them, and how we can be habitat defenders too! Explore our exhibits, see behind the scenes, and meet some of our ocean invertebrates up close!

Oceanographer Observations: A World in Motion (6th - 8th grade) - April 10-14, 2023
From plankton to whales, each day we will investigate how we are all connected. Go behind the scenes, meet a new animal every day, and explore the Coney Island beach as we learn what makes the world go ‘round.


This program includes walking in areas that may be dimly lit.. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility or accommodations.

This drop-off program is for children in 1st-8th grades.

 
NYA Adult Programs

Night Under the (Sea) Stars (Ages 18+)
Regular Price: $30.00
Member Price: $24.00
Come make a splash at the Aquarium for happy hour! Enjoy exploring our exhibits during this adults-only event, chat with our animal experts, and enjoy drink specials before heading out on the boardwalk for Coney Island’s fireworks!

Jelly Jamboree - June 23, 2023
Shark Soiree - July 21, 2023
Penguin Party - August 18, 2023


For ages 18 and up. Food & drinks are available (ID will be required to purchase alcohol) for purchase. Parking is  included.

 
NYA Overnights
Sleep with the sharks in our new overnight program! Tour behind the scenes, meet a live animal and discover the wonders of the ocean during this sleepunder event!

Sharks After Dark Family Overnight (ages 5+)
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
Bring your sleeping bag and join us after hours to explore our Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit. Discover the marine life of the Hudson Canyon with behind the scenes tours, fun activities and a live animal encounter at this unforgettable sleep "under" event.

This program involves walking in areas that may be dimly lit. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility or accommodations.

This program is for children ages 5 and up. Tickets are per person and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sharks After Dark Scout Overnight (ages 5+)
Price: $75.00
Bring your sleeping bag and join us after hours to explore our Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit. Discover the marine life of the Hudson Canyon with behind the scenes tours, fun activities and a live animal encounter at this unforgettable sleep "under" event.

This program involves walking in areas that may be dimly lit. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility or accommodations.

This program is for children ages 5 and up. Tickets are per person and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Session Scout Overnight 4/29 - 4/30: Saturday, April 29, 2023 6:00PM - 9:00AM Available

Sharks After Dark Group Overnight (ages 5 & up)
Price: $75.00
Want to host a private overnight for your group? School, Scout & Youth Groups can experience a unforgettable sleepover in the New York Aquarium's Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit. Discover the marine life of the Hudson Canyon with behind the scenes tours, fun activities and a live animal encounter at this unforgettable sleep "under" event. 

Minimum of 40 guests. $75 per person.

2023 Dates (6:00 pm - 9:00 am):
SOLD OUT - Please come back for the Fall.

For more information, please visit our FAQ page and fill out our Sharks After Dark Group Inquiry form. A member of the WCS Education team will be in touch within within 3 - 5 business days.

 

 
NYA Gift Certificates
Gift certificates can be used for any Education program at the New York Aquarium. (Please be advised that gift certificates purchased from the New York Aquarium store can only be redeemed for New York Aquarium Education programs.)
Gift certificates are not valid at any onsite gift shop or food vendor.
Gift certificates are non-refundable, cannot be reissued if lost or stolen, and cannot be redeemed for cash.
Certificates expire 1 year from date of purchase.

Gift Certificate - $50
Price: $50.00
Value of $50

Can only be redeemed for New York Aquarium Education Programs

Gift Certificate - $100
Price: $100.00
Value of $100

Can only be redeemed for New York Aquarium Education Programs

Gift Certificate - One Week of Summer Camp
Price: $575.00
Value of $575

Can only be redeemed for New York Education Summer Camps