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Maximize Your Visit

Thank you for your interest in coming to the Aquarium of Niagara.

We’ve compiled some useful information to help you make the most of your visit.

Hours of Operation:

The Aquarium is open daily from 9am to 5pm except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Our last admission is a half-hour before closing.

Purchase tickets online:

To help ensure social distancing, the Aquarium is using a timed ticketing system. We recommend purchasing your tickets online for a specific time slot ahead of your visit to ensure your spot. We cannot guarantee that we will have the capacity to take walkups.

Skip the line:

Become an Aquarium member before you come. Aquarium members don’t need to make reservations, and they enter via the back entrance. It’s a great way to start your visit sooner than patrons waiting in line.

Peak hours:

Our busiest hours are from 11am to 3:30pm. If you would prefer to visit the Aquarium with fewer people, try visiting outside these hours. We also tend to welcome fewer guests on weekdays than on weekends.


Avoid using a flash to capture better images of our exhibits and animals. If you choose to use a flash, position your camera at an angle to the glass to minimize glare.  NOTE: Flash photography prohibited at the octopus exhibit.

Take two trips:

Consider visiting the exhibits twice during your visit:

  • Round 1: Kids are excited and want to see everything quickly; let them lead the way.
  • Round 2: Go back to the exhibits that caught your group’s attention during round 1. Spend time there watching the animals observing their behaviors, colors, size, etc. Check out the exhibit design and read the interpretive signage.

Add-on an animal interaction experience:

We offer several interactive programs for visitors who want to take their Aquarium experience to the next level. All of the programs include one-on-one time with our trainers, aquarists, or animal keepers and the opportunity to connect with our animals in a unique way.  You can learn more about our animal interaction programs and sign up for one here.

Check out our staff picks:

We asked our staff to share their favorite spots to spend a few minutes with the animals. Check out what they had to say here.

Know Before You Go

Check out some of the policies and visitor amenities you may need during your visit.

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