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“Plan to visit twice in a year, get a family membership. Ticket lines can be horrible shortly after opening time.”
Review of Adventure Aquarium

Adventure Aquarium
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Camden
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Adventure Aquarium is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 8,500 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water. The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only Great Hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States, the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos, one of only six facilities in the US to have Little Blue penguins as permanent residents and exhibits the longest Shark Bridge in the world, a unique V-shaped rope suspension bridge just inches over Shark Realm. Adventure Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is held to the absolute highest standards in animal care and exhibition.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking
Hackensack, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Plan to visit twice in a year, get a family membership. Ticket lines can be horrible shortly after opening time.”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Very nicely decorated recently for the holidays, including an under water (real) Scuba Santa Show and other costumed characters around the aquarium. Almost entirely indoors, weather is not an obstacle to a visit. Compared to the Philadelphia and Bronx Zoos, admission is a bit expensive for this relatively small attraction (comparisons to the New York Aquarium are difficult, due to extensive recent storm damage there). The entire site is very clean, modern, and well maintained. If you plan to visit more than once in a 12 month period, a family membership annual pass is a good value and becomes a better value if you visit several times in a year. It will include discounted parking in the convenient lot across the street (currently $10 without discount), several free tickets to the 4D show, and a small discount on food and souvenirs. You will be willing to visit often if you live nearby, or if you are traveling from a distance and willing to combine the visit with other attractions a few minutes away in Philadelphia and the Battleship New Jersey a few steps away. Better to visit near opening hours or near closing. Ticket lines can become horribly long (avoided if you come early, have a membership, or purchase/print tickets at home) and the shark tunnel has a limited capacity which can lead to intolerably long lines and crowds, occasionally, at busiest times (nice, but not worth it if you have to wait). Parking may also become difficult mid-day during peak periods. Four tanks where you can touch sea creatures are a nice touch. You could probably experience the entire attraction in about an hour or so if you move through at a good pace. Maybe three hours or more if you really take your time and stop to eat. Food prices and quality are comparable with other attractions of this type, but seating can be limited or unavailable during busiest times.

Visited December 2013
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Willingboro, New Jersey
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101 reviews
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“Nice way to spend an afternoon”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

After hearing some scary crime statistics regarding Camden, I was a bit nervous about visiting the aquarium. As it turns out, the aquarium is located on the waterfront and feels very safe and is easily accessible.

We were a bit surprised at the steep prices ($24.95 per person, + $10 parking, + $5 for a movie). Although the aquarium was very nice, we've been to others that were just as nice (if not better) that cost significantly less. But that's only a personal opinion, and I'm not sure what other aquarium options there are in the area.

Price aside, we had a very nice time. The aquarium seemed mostly geared towards children with lots of hands on activities and "please touch" tanks to interact with the animals. The penguins were adorable (although their habitat is quite small), and the hippo show was great. There is also a tunnel through part of the shark exhibit that's fun to walk through, and plenty of vantage points to view the sea life from.

Visited December 2013
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Largest shark collection”
Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

Although they have the largest shark collection and the shark tunnel is awesome, the variety of sharks is limited. You won't find hammer head or tiger shark and most of them are great whites.

Overall fish collection is wonderful and overall trip with kids take between 3 to 4 hours. Open touching areas are wonderful for getting a fishy feeling and they portray star fishes and stingrays. Penguin collection is disappointing.

Tickets should be little less for general admission (around 15) to promote multiple visits from same family as at current prices you only think to go there once. For multiple visits with guests the Family explorer plus annual pass is the best.

Visited September 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

We are stationed in New Jersey and bought a annual family pass after going the first time we loved it so much. Everytime we go the children have a wonderful time, we pack a lunch and sit out on the balcony and watch the river and the beautiful view of downtown Philly. Also, the way they decorate for Christmas is fantastic, we are being stationed on the West Coast and will miss this Aquarium very much!

Visited December 2013
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Sacramento, California, United States
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Nice Acquarium, TERRIBLE FOOD”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

The aquarium itself is very nice. The staff was helpful and well informed. Really did enjoy it until we stopped for lunch. Despite the fact that we were there on a weekday with no lines anywhere, the food had all been made well ahead of lunch and sat under the heating lamps for who knows how long. It was almost unedible. The staff in the lunch area was not even pleasant. To top it off, the prices were outrageous. I would recommend that anyone who visits take their own food and drink.

Visited October 2013
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