Humboldt penguins are featured at the Aquarium of Niagara

Aquarium of Niagara

There's an ocean of discovery to experience at Niagara's other "wet wonder," the Aquarium of Niagara. An excellent addition to any Niagara Falls trip, the aquarium has over 30 exhibits including the new Penguin Coast exhibit, 200 aquatic animal species, and daily penguin, shark and tidal pool feedings for people of all ages to enjoy.

Accessible by our in-park trolley or a leisurely stroll long our trails, the Aquarium of Niagara has educational exhibits that encourage animal conservation and the highest quality of animal care.

More than 1,500 aquatic animals live at the Niagara Falls aquarium, representing ecosystems ranging from the Great Lakes to coral reefs. Highlights of the Niagara aquarium include over 40 exhibits starring California sea lions, Peruvian penguins, seahorses, sturgeon and more.

Outside, visitors can enjoy the vibrant life-sized painting of a whale, known as the Whaling Wall, created by famed environmental marine life artist Wyland. The Whaling Wall offers a glimpse of the underwater world waiting inside the Niagara Falls aquarium.

Aquarium tickets are available for individual purchase
or as part of the value-added Niagara Falls USA Discovery Pass, which is available seasonally.

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Even though summer is over, you can embrace the beauty of Niagara Falls State Park and see the Falls 365 days a year. It's open year-round!


Penguin Coast Exhibit

Penguin Coast is an exciting Humboldt penguin exhibit at the Aquarium of Niagara that was added in 2018. It adds interactive features and programming to the highly-popular attraction, while providing a state-of-the-art habitat for the colony to grow to more than 20 Humboldt penguins. It is quadruple the size of the Aquarium’s previous penguin exhibit.

Did you know? The Aquarium of Niagara is one of only 20 facilities in the United States and Canada to house Humboldt penguins, which is a threatened species.

Highlights of the 3,500-square-foot exhibit and gallery include:

  • 1,600-square-feet of living space featuring a rock beach modeled after their native Peruvian coast
  • Nesting areas 
  • New 15,000-gallon pool 
  • Spectacular viewing area for visitors to enjoy above and below water viewing of the penguins in their pool 
  • New interactive classroom adjacent to the exhibit for educational marine programs 
  • Space for one-on-one penguin encounter experiences 
  • Treatment areas for use by Aquarium veterinarians

Visitors will enjoy a variety of intriguing penguin programming:

  • Scheduled feedings and presentations
  • Hatching and rearing of Humboldt penguin chicks
  • Observation of natural behavior
  • Routine health assessments by veterinarians
  • Increased opportunities for student outreach, education, and research
  • Animal encounter programs

Learn more about Penguin Coast and the Aquarium of Niagara.


Daily Schedule

The following schedule takes effect May 25, 2019:

  • 10:00 AM: Penguin Feeding
  • 11:00 AM: Sea Lion Show
  • 12:00 PM: Rescue Harbor Seal Presentation
  • 12:30 PM: Meet the Expert at the Discovery Cart
  • 1:00 PM: Sea Lion Show
  • 2:00 PM: Rescue Harbor Seal Presentation
  • 2:30 PM: Penguin Feeding
  • 3:30 PM: Sea Lion Show
  • 4:30 PM: Rescue Harbor Seal Presentation
  • 5:00 PM: Meet the Expert at the Discovery Cart
  • 6:00 PM: Sea Lion Show

Admission

  • Adult: $14.95
  • Senior (Ages 60 and over): $12.95
  • Child (Ages 3-12): $10.95
  • Infant (Ages 2 and under): Free
Aquarium of Niagara honors Children 5 and under FREE with Discovery Pass.


Hours of Operation

June 1 - September 2, 2019

  • Sun - Thurs: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Fri - Sat: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

July 4-7, 2019

  • 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Thursday)
  • 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Friday-Saturday)
  • 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Sunday)

Note: Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing.

Humboldt Penguin Photo Gallery

View photos of the Aquarium of Niagara's Humboldt penguins!