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4. Maritime Aquarium Norwalk an immersive experience!

A visit to Norwalk's nationally recognized Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will put you nose to nose with sharks, within inches of seals, river otters, loggerhead sea turtles, jellyfish and over 10,000 other marine animals.

Interactive displays such as the stingray touch pool, touch tanks with crabs, sea stars and shells and a marine lab that shows how the Aquarium raises baby jellyfish and sea horses are just some of the displays found here. Many exhibits tell the story of Long Island Sound's eco-system and how the Maritime Aquarium is working to study and preserve it.

A year round highlight is the opportunity to sail the waters of Norwalk Harbor and Long Island Sound, year-round with the Aquarium's scientists on their new research vessel, Spirit of the Sound to learn about the rich aquatic life that makes its home in this officially designated Estuary of National Significance.

The Maritime Aquarium also has an IMAX THEATER that has a six story high screen and a 10,000- watt digital surround audio system that provides a total immersion experience for moviegoers. Educational documentaries are the focus of the films shown here. A recent decision to show Hollywood films at the IMAX is an added bonus for visitors.