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7. Experience the Sound at the Maritime Aquarium

Note: for this part of your tour, it is best to Park and walk to the Maritime Aquarium, IMAX Theater, Dock for Sheffield Lighthouse, SONO Switch Tower and Norwalk Museum while exploring scenic SONO, Norwalk's version of NYC's SOHO.

 

Parking & Directions: To reach the Maritime Aquarium, take a left on West Ave., at the split in the road of West Ave. and North Main St., bear left on to North Main Street, take your first left on Ann St., at the junction of Ann St. and North Water St., take a right onto North Water St. The Maritime Aquarium is on the left and a parking garage is on the right. For alternative parking at the IMAX Theater and for the Sheffield Island Lighthouse Dock continue on North Water St. for .8 mi to the parking area on your left.

A visit to the Nationally recognized Maritime Aquarium in 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, with the Aquarium's scientists on their research vessel to learn about the rich aquatic life that makes its home in this officially designated Estuary of National Significance.