A Day at the New York Aquarium

As members of the Wildlife Conservation Society, my family and I not only get benefits at our neighborhood favorite Bronx Zoo, we also have access to other parts of the WCS, including the Central Park Zoo, the Prospect Park Zoo, and the Queens Zoo.  On Sunday, we spent a lovely day at the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn.  Our "Conservation Supporter" level membership gave us free parking, free admission, and discounts at the Seaside Cafe. 

One of my favorite class trips as a kid was to the Aquarium.  I fondly recall being fascinated by a beluga whale and having a giant turtle shell placed on my back during a demonstration.  Years later, I realized the Aquarium wasn't just for kids and enjoyed going there with my adult friends and dates.  Now, I had a great time bringing my family. 

My wife and I marveled at the Sand Tiger Shark and the Pacific Walrus while my little daughter was delighted by the jellyfish in the Alien Stingers exhibition and was equally thrilled and frightened when the Sea Lions swam right up to her behind the glass in the Sea Cliffs exhibit. 

While we were waiting in line for the Happy Feet 4D Experience, we could see and hear the nearby Cyclone rollercoaster and people-gaze as people came from the Coney Island boardwalk.  We didn't get a chance to see everything -- next time, we'll definitely check out Conservation Hall and the Aquatheater.

If you haven't been there yet, you should check it out.  It's one of the great destinations in New York.