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Photograph: Courtesy Julie Larsen Maher

Here's how to snag free admission to the New York Aquarium

Complimentary timed tickets are up for grabs!

By
Danielle Valente
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The next time you're Coney Island-bound, make sure to pay a visit to your favorite maritime creatures.  

As of last week, the New York Aquarium has started welcoming back visitors, joining the ranks of the Wildlife Conservation's other family attractions like the Bronx Zoo and Prospect Park Zoo. The sharks are lurking, the sea otters are relaxing and the "Spineless" newbies are waiting to say hello. 

These animal encounters alone are enough to pique your interest, but free admission is also another enticing factor. On Wednesdays after 3pm, the aquarium admits visitors at no cost. However, there are a few things to note now that city is grappling with a new norm: Advanced timed tickets are required, and those who attempt to enter without reservations will not be permitted inside. Every Monday at 5pm, the Wednesday Afternoon Ticket Store will open for that week's reservations according to the aquarium's website, so act fast! 

If after-school plans are up in the air or you're just looking for a reason to visit one of your favorite NYC spots, why not take a mid-week trip? We have a feeling the sea lions will be pleased! (Psst: The Bronx Zoo also offers free timed admission on Wednesdays.) 

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