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The New York Aquarium is reopening and featuring a new exhibit

Here's when to mark your calendars.

Written by
Danielle Valente

Second time's a charm. 

After postponing its initial reopening earlier this summer, the New York Aquarium will welcome back visitors next week: members from Aug 24–26 and non-members beginning Aug 27. Now that Governor Andrew Cuomo has given indoor museums the green light to reopen, the Coney Island spot will join the ranks of the Wildlife Conservation Society's other family attractions—like the Bronx Zoo and Central Park Zoo—that are adapting to a new normal. 

There are a few things to note before making a visit: Online reservations are now required, guests must wear a face mask and new safety procedures will be in place, including additional hand sanitizing stations and contactless check-in. There will be limited seating at the Aquatheater and the 4-D Theater still remains closed.

However, visitors can still expect the same great exhibits. Stop by and say hello to sea otters and harbor seals at "Sea Cliff," extend Shark Week with a pitstop to the "Ocean Wonders: Sharks" exhibit and take in a "snorkeler's-eye view" at Conservation Hall. Plus, the new "Spineless" exhibit—which was only accessible through live cams—will be ready to rock 'n roll. Park-goers can learn all about lagoon jellies, Pacific octopi and other backbone-lacking invertebrates that call the ocean home.

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Photograph: Courtesy Julie Larsen Maher

After getting reacquainted with the marine life, we suggest a visit to Nathan's for lunch—one of the coolest Coney Island activities for kids and families.

See you by the sharks (and hot dogs)! 

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