The Maritime is Looking Ahead to April with Seal Spotting and Birding Cruises, City Nature Challenge, and More!

April 2023 Happenings at The Maritime

Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises

Grab your binoculars! The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is holding its final Seal-Spotting and Birding Cruises of the season on Saturday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m. Aquarium educators will identify species including harbor seals, gray seals, buffleheads, mergansers, long-tailed ducks, and red-throated loons, for guests on these two-hour cruises and discuss their natural histories.

Seal-Spotting and Birding Cruises will run through April 2 – dates and departure times vary by low tide. Reservations are strongly recommended as space is limited to 40 guests. Tickets are $36 per person, or $32 per person for aquarium members. Passengers must be at least 42 inches tall, and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.   

To reserve tickets, see the full cruise schedule or learn more, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206 or visit

Marine Life Encounter Cruises

The Maritime Aquarium’s Marine Life Encounter Cruise season on RV Spirit of the Sound kicks off on Sunday, April 30 at 1:15 p.m. This experience will allow passengers to study the biodiversity of Long Island Sound by sampling the water to bring up plankton, fish, crabs, mollusks, and more. The research vessel’s video microscope and touch tank will enhance their observations.

Marine Life Encounter Cruises are 2.5 hours long and will run through October. Full schedule and pricing to be announced. Passengers must be at least 42 inches tall, and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

For updates, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206 or visit

City Nature Challenge  

The 2023 City Nature Challenge will take place Friday, April 28 through Monday, May 1. The Maritime

Aquarium will lead the Fairfield and Westchester Counties team in this international effort to document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. Participants are asked to take pictures wildlife anywhere in the counties and to upload their observations to the iNaturalist app.

The Maritime Aquarium’s City Nature Challenge programming to be announced. For more information, visit


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. 


•  Aquarium only:  $29.95 adults; $25.95 seniors (65+); $20.95 children (3-12).  

•  Add a 4D movie: $7 per person ($6 for members). 

Call (203) 852-0700 or go online to 

Submitted by Cos Cob, CT

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