1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
DescriptionThe Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium is located on Route 25A in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. There is a somewhat uneven, paved parking lot, but no designated handicapped parking spaces.
An open gate with a short incline gets one to the outdoor fishponds. The area around the ponds is paved and brick with wooden ramps surrounding the fishing ponds. Benches border the perimeter of the area. There are no food services, but picnic tables and benches with umbrellas afford one a place to enjoy a snack if you bring it with you.
A concrete ramp gets one to the double door entrance to the one level aquarium. Once inside there is adequate space for maneuvering to view the tanks.
Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms are located in the aquarium.
- Number of handicapped spaces: 0
Surface of lot: paved, but uneven
Distance to venue: close
Transportation to venue offered: no
Terrain: somewhat uneven
Places to rest: benches and picnic tables
Paths and walkways: wooden ramps around fishing ponds
Location of handicapped entrance: open gate to ponds, concrete ramp to aquarium
Doors: double doors at aquarium
Number of floors: 1
Steps and staircases: none
Width of aisles: adequate in aquarium
Places to sit: benches
Location of restrooms: main floor of aquarium
Type of restroom: multi-stall, handicapped accessible
Ease of entry and exit: good
Baby changing station: no
Available food services: none
Friendliness of staff: pleasant
A lovely summer day prompted us to revisit the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. We both had fond memories of bringing our children here when they were young. Feeding the fish, one piece of food at a time, watching the turtles, trying to catch something on their lines, made for a good time.
We pulled into the parking lot, noting that there are no designated handicapped spaces. There was plenty of parking available and all of it quite close to both the entrance to the fish ponds and the aquarium. The lot is paved, but a bit uneven.
We went to the fishponds first. Although not a great distance, we noted an incline from the entrance gate down to the ponds. The area around the ponds is concrete and brick, with wooden ramps surrounding the fishing ponds.
We took a look at the ponds filled with turtles, trout, and catfish. We sat down on one of the many benches and watched some young children having the same good time our kids had had.
We then crossed the parking lot to the aquarium – a short distance. A concrete ramp led us to double entry doors. Once inside we found tanks filled with a variety of sea creatures. Although this is not a big place by any means, it seems rather comfortable and homey for a first live adventure about the creatures who live underwater.
Multi-stall, handicapped access restrooms are located in this one level building.
There are no food services at this location (except for fish food). If you choose to bring lunch or a snack there are picnic tables and benches, with umbrellas.
We both agreed that this was a lovely trip down memory lane and a great place to bring future grandchildren.
As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website, www.cshfha.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”