Lonely Planet review
This fun, kid-friendly aquarium offers an opportunity to peek at an ocean’s worth of creatures. The sea lion show is the big draw, which takes place in an outdoor Aquatheater with stadium seating. Admission on Fridays from 3pm to closing (from 4pm in the summer) is by donation.
Sadly, the New York Aquarium was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy, and as of early 2013, some of the exhibits were closed and about half the animals had been relocated elsewhere (hence the reduced admission prices; prior to Sandy ticket prices were $15). Rebuilding and recovery aside, more changes are on the way, as the aquarium will go through a $150-million expansion, adding an ambitious exhibition entitled 'Ocean's Wonders: Sharks!' slated for completion in 2016.