THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK and MTA

10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-852-0700.
Availability: Seven days a week(except Thanksgiving and Christmas Days) Yearround
Cost: Package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street: adults, $39; seniors, persons with disabilities and individuals receiving Medicare, $33.50; youths 12-17, $37.50; children 5-11, $16.50; children 3-4, $14.50; children under 3, free.

Affordable family adventure close to home. A quick walk from the train station and you can get close to animals of Long Island Sound and beyond. Touch a shark, watch a seal show, see otters, jellyfish, frogs, giant halibut and tiny seahorses. Your ticket includes a classic IMAX movie on a screen six stories tall. See humpback whales, monarch butterflies and baby orangutans. Stroll the surrounding SoNo neighborhood with waterfront dining, eclectic restaurants, clubs, shops, art galleries and more. For more information including schedules of special exhibits, IMAX movie shows and times, educational programs and more, call 203-852-0700

Sheffield Island Lighthouse BBQ

4 North Water St., Norwalk, CT Phone: 1-800-838-3006.
Availability: July 16 and Aug. 13
Cost: $55 pp

Two Dates Only: July 16 and August 13. Boat leaves dock at 5 pm and returns at 9:30 pm. New this year, visitors can board the Norwalk Seaport Association's 45-foot C.J. Toth catamaran for a cruise to Sheffield Island Lighthouse for a BBQ! Menu Pulled Pork, Sliced BBQ Steak, BBQ Chicken, Corn On The Cob, Tomato Salad, Orzo Salad, 3 Bean Salad, Watermelon, soft drinks.