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The New York Aquarium reopens to the public on Saturday, May 25

Coney Island's beloved New York Aquarium, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy back in October, is poised to partially reopen on May 25.

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    New York Aquarium

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    New York Aquarium

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    New York Aquarium

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    New York Aquarium

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    New York Aquarium

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    New York Aquarium

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    New York Aquarium

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    New York Aquarium

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    New York Aquarium

Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

New York Aquarium

In a nearly heroic recovery by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the New York Aquarium, one of Coney Island’s only year-round attractions, is set to partially reopen Saturday, May 25. Alongside most of its Coney Island neighbors, the aquarium suffered millions of dollars in damage due to last October’s Hurricane Sandy. But this spring, families can once again visit exhibitions like Glover’s Reef, a showcase of sea life from Belize, and a fully remodeled Aquatheater, which includes a brand-new sea lion demonstration. The Conservation Hall will also be up and running, featuring marine life from the Coral Triangle of Fiji, the great lakes of East Africa and the flooded forests of the Amazon. Plus, kid favorites like walruses, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and penguins will once again be on display in the outdoor Sea Cliffs. In addition to the grand reopening, the aquarium will be reinstituting their education services, such as summer camps for children and the teen docent program. Although the WCS is still in the process of planning for a full restoration, the multimillion-dollar “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” exhibition is still a go. Phew!


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