Skip to main content

The Maritime Aquarium Celebrates World Ocean Week

June 5 through June 11

Guests of all ages can participate in a variety of World Ocean Week activities that raise awareness of the impact of human activities on the ocean, and highlight the importance of sustainability. The Aquarium’s World Ocean Week is its own expanded celebration of World Ocean Day, a United Nations recognized day held annually on June 8 to encourage people to take actions that positively impact the ocean.

  • Starting June 5, visitors can take the 30×30 pledge at the aquarium and online in support of the global commitment to protect 30 percent of the earth’s land and ocean. They can also view three coral reef sculptures made entirely from upcycled materials by Middletown-based artist Rachel DeCavage, who is also the owner and creative director of cinder + salt.
  • A special after-hours beer tasting – Sippin’ for the Mission – for adults 21 and over will be held on June 7 at 6:30 p.m. in partnership with Two Roads Brewery. In addition to Aquarium admission and the tasting, this event will feature up-close animal encounters. Members can purchase tickets for this events for $65. Non-members can purchase tickets for $70.
  • On June 8 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., guests can help hand-sew a life-sized portrait of a humpback whale made of plastic to canvas with Hartford-based artist and National Geographic Explorer Kat Owens. The piece is part of Owens’ “Entangled and Ingested” project, which highlights creatures harmed by plastic pollution.
  • The celebration will culminate with a weekend family-friendly journey through the Aquarium with chances to win awesome prizes. Families will pick up their Aquarium passports upon entry and will then work to collect stamps at five ocean stations located throughout the Aquarium, where educators will be on-hand to facilitate interactions with the ambassador animals and animal artifacts.

To learn more about World Ocean Week events, visit

The Aquarium is located at 10 North Water St. with easy parking in the Maritime Garage.

QR Code