From hair raising encounters with toothy reef sharks to meeting the adorably playful penguins and just about everything in between and underwater – you’ll see sea lions, sea otters, giant walruses that weigh in at over 1200 pounds, and octopuses – the New York Aquarium will make you go ohh!, ahh!, and eek! Tickle a starfish or a horseshoe crab at one of the two Touch Pools. See California sea lions dance, swim, and sing, er- bark at the Aquatheater musical show; if you are lucky you may even get a kiss from one of these sweet west coast creatures. Or for a real jolt, experience a day in the life of our aqueous friends in 4-D – 3-D is so last year – at the Planet Earth: Shallow Seas show. Or better yet, stop by the Alien Stingers exhibit to explore the many types of spine chilling tentacles. Whatever you go to see, and you should probably see and do it all, you won’t have a complete Coney Island experience until you have visited the New York Aquarium. It’s the only aquarium in New York City and it features over 8,000 creatures waiting to befriend (or eat!) you.

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