4 of 14 Types of New York Recreational Facilities--Aquariums
New York Aquariums
Aquarium of Niagara - Niagara Falls
The Aquarium of Niagara is a not-for-profit aquarium in Niagara Falls, New York. Originally privately owned and founded by a group of chemists and other scientists, it opened on June 12, 1965. Ownership was transferred to a non-profit foundation, the Sea Research Foundation, in 1977, and then to the Niagara Aquarium Foundation in 1994. The aquarium's stated mission is "to broaden the public's awareness of aquatic ecosystems through innovative and stimulating exhibits, displays, and educational and recreational programs that promote conservation and support research."
Animals on display at the aquarium include Humboldt penguins, California sea lions, harbor seals, sharks, freshwater turtles, sturgeon, sea horses, and other freshwater and saltwater fish. There is also a tidal pool exhibit. The building houses over 1,500 aquatic animals. The aquarium is located in a circular building approximately 200 meters from the Niagara River. A mural on the exterior by Wyland, the "Whaling Wall", depicts marine life.
The Aquarium of Niagara hosts sleepovers for scout and school groups, as well as birthday parties. For an extra fee, visitors can book encounters with harbor seals or penguins. There are also internship and volunteer programs.
Atlantis Marine World - Riverhead
Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center (formerly Atlantis Marine World) is an aquarium which opened in 2000 on Long Island in Riverhead, New York, United States.
One of its biggest attractions is a 20,000-US-gallon (76,000 l) coral reef display tank, which is one of the largest all-living coral displays in the Western Hemisphere.
Indoor exhibits include Amazon Aviary (parrots), Amazon Rainforest, Best Buddies (clownfish & anemone), Coral Reef, Cuttlefish, Electric Eel, Flounder Find, Form & Function, Giant Pacific Octopus, Jellyfish, Lake Malawi Cichlids, Local Rocky Shores, Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit, Megalodon Display, Moray Eels, Ocean Creatures of the World/Crab Villa, Piranha, Poseidon's Treasure Room, Puffer Fish, Ray Bay, Sand Shark Lagoon, Schooling Fish, Seahorses, Shipwreck/Artificial Reef, Tidal Marsh, and a touch tank.
Outdoor exhibits include Ancient Reptile Ruins, Koi Pond, Interactive Salt Marsh, Lost Temple of Atlantis, Otter Falls (North American river otters), Penguin Pavilion, Ray Bay, Sea Lion Coliseum, Seals, and Shark Reef Lagoon.
Interactive displays include Discovery Tower, Interactive Salt Marsh, Nemo's Family Fun Center, Poseidon's Peak & Playground, Ray Bay, Sea Lion Kiss, Submarine Simulator, Unearthing Atlantis, and the touch tank.
New York Aquarium - Brooklyn
The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States, having opened in Castle Garden in Battery Park, Manhattan in 1896. Since 1957, it has been located on the boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The aquarium is operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as part of its integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium, most notably the Bronx Zoo. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
As part of WCS, the Aquarium's mission is to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.
The facility occupies 14 acres and boasts 266 species of aquatic wildlife. Its mission is to raise public awareness about issues facing the ocean and its inhabitants with special exhibits, public events and research. The New York Seascape program, based out of the aquarium, is WCS's local conservation program designed to restore healthy populations of marine species and protect NY waters which are vital to the area's economic and cultural vitality.
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