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Shark and sting ray touch pool now open at Aquarium of Niagara

Posted at 3:40 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 07:19:40-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — After months of construction, the shark and ray bay is now open at the Aquarium of Niagara.

The interactive touch pool exhibit, which is handicap accessible, is prominently featured on the first floor of the aquarium and is included with general admission. Guests are greeted by a shallow tropical pool where they can experience the unique textures and movements of sharks, stingrays, and other marine invertebrates. The exhibit also includes art and graphics highlighting each species’ role in a healthy ocean ecosystem and the importance of conserving essential coastal habitats such as mangroves and lagoons.

The sharks, sting rays, and marine invertebrates living in “M&T Bank Shark & Ray Bay” join the aquarium’s diverse range of more than 120 species, which includes penguins, marine mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The aquarium annually welcomes more than 305,000 visitors, which is anticipated to increase with the addition of the new exhibit.

Due to the anticipated heightened interest surrounding any new exhibit, visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase general admission tickets online. For more about the Aquarium of Niagara, visit:

Below are the COVID-19 guidelines and suggestions for the Aquarium of Niagara:

  • Buy your tickets online. Walk-ups not guaranteed.
  • You MUST enter the Aquarium within the half-hour block indicated by your ticket.
  • Once inside, you can stay as long as you’d like. Re-entry is not permitted.
  • You will not have access to interactive exhibits, shows, presentations, or animal encounters during your visit.
  • You must wear a mask for your entire visit, including while you are outside at Rescue Harbor.
  • While you are in the Aquarium, stay with your group and maintain social distancing from other groups.
  • Follow the one-way flow of traffic indicated by the stickers on the floor.

*A limited number of walkup passes will be available for Aquarium members as well as those seeking to purchase reduced admission passes ONLY. This includes visitors using reciprocal benefits from other institutions (ex. Buffalo Zoo members), the military discount, coupons, and the Arts Access Pass.