If you’re fishing for the perfect event space, look no further than The Maritime Aquarium. Set in a refurbished 1860s factory, the venue offers views of the Norwalk River and Long Island Sound. An ideal location for pictures inside and out, the Aquarium has 34 exhibits and over 1200 marine animals. Whether you are celebrating your wedding, birthday or hosting a corporate conference, The Maritime Aquarium has spaces for every event. Meander through the aquarium, taking in the glorious views of the marine life. Splash and feel stingrays while sipping on cocktails and noshing on creative and fun hors d’oeuvres. The Maritime Aquarium is a one-of-a-kind venue for a one-of-a-kind event.
Stroll through the aquarium's expanded open floor plan and nautical exhibits as you and your guests sip cocktails and sample savory fare. Flowing spaces and passageways are dedicated to a myriad of marine life and showcase everything from stingrays and seahorses to sand sharks and salty marshes, and also serve as spaces for cocktail receptions. Rivers to the Sound provides bar/ bat mitzvah children with their very own river-woodlands habitat where they can enjoy a smoothie bar and witness snapping and box turtles and North American river otters Belle and Lou frolicking playfully. The brand new Hokin Family Sound Voyage, complete with oyster beds, diamondback terrapin turtles, and marsh displays, provides a lofty view overlooking Newman's Own Hall and the happy harbor seals below. A cozy balcony spot can seat up to 50 guests. Up to 75 guests can also mingle in and around Jellyfish Encounter and Sea Turtles, or smaller groups (20 guests maximum) can dine in front of sand tiger sharks, lemon sharks, sea bass and other larger schooling fish in the 110,000-gallon tank at Ocean Beyond the Sound. Outdoor cocktail receptions amongst the seals and sea lions can also be accommodated. All spaces combined can host up to 250 guests for cocktails.
By day, Cascade Café hosts aquarium visitors for lunch and snacks. After-hours, the space transforms into an airy modern, industrial loft space with an urban feel. Comfortably accommodating ceremonies up to 150, or seated dinners up to 125, Cascade Café is ideal for weddings, business dinners, important presentations, and other unique celebrations. Or, host an unforgettable opening cocktail reception in Cascade Café before moving your celebration into the aquarium or Newman's Own Hall.See More
Newman's Own Hall
Recently renamed and colorfully redesigned, The Maritime Aquarium's Newman's Own Hall is a festive, fun event space for parties up to 225, seated. With a re-energized focus on Long Island Sound, guests celebrate alongside playful harbor seals in their unique indoor/outdoor exhibit. Vibrant blues and greens, exposed wooden beams, and hanging, gliding gulls add to the nautical appeal. This dynamic one-of-a-kind space is one of very few in Connecticut that can host a cocktail party of up to 1,000.See More
Sound and Beyond
Toast and mingle in the new Sharks and Rays Gallery or allow children to have their own celebratory dining space (seats 150) during bar/bat mitzvahs, sweet sixteens, or birthday celebrations. Centerpiece of the gallery is a 40-foot long, 6,000-gallon supervised shark and ray touch pool, where guests can gently stroke the backs of nurse sharks and a variety of rays.
This new action packed cinematic experience is complete with thrill-enhancing sensory special effects like scents, bubbles, wind, mists and more! The state-of-the-art theater shows two films that will play 30 minutes apart throughout the day: BBC Earth's Shark: A 4D Experience® and Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4D. The theater is also available as a supplement to social or corporate celebrations or may be booked independently. It provides a memorable backdrop for multi-media product introductions, offers a relaxing viewing space for bar/bat mitzvah montages, and serves as an ideal setting for corporate and not-for-profit presentations, board meetings, lectures, forums, press announcements, and kick-off parties.
Escape the traditional and discover an oasis for a corporate retreat at The Maritime Aquarium. The Aquarium offers flexible meeting spaces suitable for groups of varying sizes. Host your next important meeting, conference, or seminar in one or more of The Aquarium's state-of-the-art facilities, available with various seating configurations. From intimate boardrooms to larger conference rooms, your guests can enjoy the tranquility of water views and take a break from the day's conference activities to tour the Aquarium and exhibits.