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Destination NJ: Adventure Aquarium in Camden

Last updated on May 16th, 2017 at 02:40 pm

No matter the season, it’s always good to have a few indoor activities up your sleeve. On a recent hot, but rainy, August weekend, I visited the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ to check out the marine life and learn a thing or two.

The aquarium has sharks (Sand Tiger, Sandbar, Nurse and Bonnetheads), hippos, penguins, stingrays and numerous kinds of smaller fish. There are interactive exhibits where children (and adults) can touch stingrays and sharks, and special exhibits that are open for an additional fee.

The aquarium has a child-focused vibe, but adults are sure to be excited by the sites and learn a thing or two. (Did you know that Bonnethead sharks are frequently confused with baby Hammerhead sharks? Or that all clownfish are born as males?)

There were lots of people inside during my visit, but getting around was still manageable (some patience is required to get the best views). Strollers can be used in most areas of the aquarium and if you didn’t bring your own, they can be rented.

Taking photos at the aquarium can be a challenge as the conditions are dark and most of the marine life move quickly. If you’re bringing a camera with changeable lenses, make sure to bring your best low-light one — zoom or prime. You’ll be much happier with the results. Cellphone photos will come out OK.

I highly recommend buying tickets from the aquarium’s website before you go — you’ll be able to breeze past the line of people outside and head right in. I pegged the ticket line at about 30 minutes when I went. Adult tickets are $25.95 (ages 13+) and $18.95 for children (2-12). The aquarium is open 365 days a year and its regular hours are 10 am to 5 pm.

There are generously sized parking lots surrounding the aquarium. I parked in a large lot across the street ($10) and was able to use a credit card, but I heard rumors of cash-only lots, so be sure to check if you’re low on paper dough.

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