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Find Nemo, Take A Cruise, Enter Flutter Zone At Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium

A cruise instructor talks about the Horseshoe Crab pulled from the bottom of Long Island Sound. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Sea tortoise. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Bearded Dragon. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Finding Nemo Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Looking for Dory? Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The "Flutter Zone" at Norwalk's Maritime Museum. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Hundreds of exotic tropical butterflies are included in the "Flutter Zone" exhibit. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Moon 'Jellies.' Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Jellyfish. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Moon 'Jellies.' Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Jellyfish. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Moon 'Jellies.' Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Moon 'Jellies.' Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

NORWALK, Conn. — Searching for something to do on a hot summer day? Hoping for an activity that's fun and educational for the kids? Look no farther than the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, the top tourist attraction in Fairfield County.

The Maritime Aquarium always offers something to delight kids and adults of all ages. Check out its collection of fish and sea mammals as well as other exotic animals, including the sea tortoise and a bearded dragon. Or just see if you can "find Nemo" and spot Dory in the tanks. And the jelly fish are a lot more fun to watch spin inside their home at the aquarium than to spot on the beach. Don't forget the IMAX movies! 

This summer, visitors can also enter the "Flutter Zone," an immersive walk-through butterfly exhibit with an accompanying IMAX movie. 

Also, through Labor Day, See a baby black dragon – one of only an estimated 31 in the U.S. at the "Dragons! Real or Myth?" exhibit.

The aquarium also offers two-and-a-half hour study cruises out on Long Island Sound on a new 63-foot all-aluminum catamaran. Visitors can study marine life pulled from the Sound — from the water's surface straight down to the bottom.

Do something you've tried to not do all your life:  touch jellyfish at the Jiggle A Jelly exhibit, which is open daily in August. 

For art lovers, the 19th International Children’s Art Exhibit is presented by Creative Connections in Norwalk and is displayed in the IMAX Theater lobby. The theme is “Picture the Moment," with drawings and paintings created by students in Grades 3 to 12. Kids from Connecticut – including dozens from schools in Fairfield County – are represented.

Admission to the aquarium is $19.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $17.95 for youth up to age 17 and seniors. Cruises cost $29.95 per person. IMAX movies. 

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is located at 10 N. Water St. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

For more information, visit its website or call 203-852-0700. 

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