New York Aquarium

Aquarium in Brooklyn: Coney Island & Brighton Beach

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This kid-friendly aquarium lets you peek at an ocean’s worth of creatures. The sea-lion show is the big draw, taking place in an outdoor Aquatheater with stadium seating. The complex is currently undergoing a massive reconstruction (fixing damages from Hurricane Sandy) and expansion project – an ambitious, 500,000-gallon tank entitled 'Ocean's Wonders: Sharks!' is scheduled to open mid-2018 – but unfortunately this means there's a lot less to see than normal. Expect state-of-the-art galleries (and higher prices) when construction's completed in 2019.