"Adventure Aquarium: New Jersey's State Aquarium" New Jersey Things to Do Tip by Icemaiden02

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  Jellyfish in the aquarium, taken 2005
by Icemaiden02

The New Jersey state Aquarium in Camden has been going downhill in the past years. In 2004, they closed for renovations, and this year, in May 2005, they reopened under new private management, and are now known as Adventure Aquarium in Camden. Signs leading to the aquarium were clear. Ample designed parking available in open lot for $6.00.

The aquarium's main attraction is a massive 760,000 gallon tank filled with nurse sharks, bull sharks, sting rays, cownose rays and more. Main attractions include the 350-pound Loggerhead Sea Turtle and a school of over 2,000 blueback herring. They also claim to be one of the only aquariums in the United States to also have bluefin tuna!

They also have a new 40-foot "underwater tunnel" feature in another tank, where you can get up close and personal with them swimming over your head. This brand new 550,000 gallon shark realm features sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks, cownose rays and nurse sharks. They also offer a "diving session with the sharks" for $120 per person, which allows you to jump into the aquarium tank and actually swim with them.

Interactive educational exhibits are located in one wing where they talk about different sensory systems as well as defense mechanisms (camouflage, schooling, poison, etc). It also features more unusual fishes, such as mudskippers (fish who live on land), camouflaged fish, electric eels, clownfish, and seahorses.

Touch tanks were very popular with younger kids-- in fact, so popular we could barely even see what was going on. They had one touch tank that featured seastars (also known as starfish), hermit crabs and horseshoe crabs; but the more popular touch tank featured dogfish sharks and stingrays (sting cut off so they are safe). Kids were loving it!

The aquarium is unfortunately very small, but currently looking very clean and new. They make good use of the space they have.

Address: 1 Aquarium Drive, Camden, NJ
Phone: 800-616-JAWS
Website: http://www.adventureaquarium.com

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 10, 2006
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