I was a bit apprehensive about visiting this aquarium...especially after reading the previous scathing reviews here. As my 12-year-old child and I were winding up our recent trip to NYC, we thought we'd take the time to venture out to Coney Island...a nice break from the hectic pace of Manhattan. We were not disappointed. It was not filthy as reviews have said....it showcased nicely themed areas of interest....sea mammals....fish....everything you'd expect to see at an aquarium. It was about as modern a place as you could expect...though, as I said....not the largest aquariums. So, if you come out here expecting to see huge tanks with killer whales...or acres and acres of animals...this isn't the place to visit. But, if you want just a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, this is the place to go. You can walk across the street and dip your toes in the Atlantic Ocean, and linger on the sand awhile. Remember, it's not Disneyland....but, it's not half bad either.