“Giant Walk-In Whale”
Now-Labor Day (Sept. 5)
The Maritime Aquarium is celebrating the second summer of humpback whales visiting Long Island Sound with special whale-related offerings, most notably our “Giant Walk-In Whale!”
Even during a whale-watch cruise, it’s hard to appreciate the size of mostly submerged whales. So our “Giant Walk-in Whale” lets you pose beside – and go inside – a life-size 43-foot inflatable humpback whale.
Take a selfie with the whale. Then play Jonah and go inside the whale to see its lungs, heart, tongue and stomachs. (Most baleen whales have three stomach compartments.)
Visit the “Giant Walk-In Whale” between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.
Adjacant to the “Giant Walk-In Whale,” between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., stop by a whale activity station to learn how blubber insulates whales from the cold waters of the North Atlantic and to touch real baleen and other whale artifacts. (This station – and an activity station about butterflies tied to our “Flutter Zone” exhibit – will be offered on alternating days. Check “Today’s Events” to see which station is offered on the day of your visit.
Plus, make it a “Whale of a Visit” by including the IMAX movie “Humpback Whales” and checking out the “Animals Without Passports” exhibit (about whale migration).
It’s all free with your Maritime Aquarium admission. (Note: please be sure to wear or bring socks. No bare feet inside the whale.)
Open Now-Sept. 5
Step into a magical environment all aflutter with exotic tropical butterflies in this special walk-through encounter!
“Flutter Zone” features dozens of varieties of beautiful butterflies from Asia and South America, all free-flying among Aquarium visitors. Some may even land on you!
Plus, watch the amazing life cycle of butterflies unfold in our “Chrysalis Hut,” featuring the chrysalises whose metamorphoses keep the exhibit stocked with flittering butterflies throughout the summer.
Displays also emphasize the horticultural and agricultural importance of butterflies and other pollinators.
“Flutter Zone” is free with your Maritime Aquarium admission.