Originally published in Trip Savvy
When you’re visiting Philadelphia, you don’t need to dive into the ocean to learn about the vibrant and exciting life that exists under the waves: There’s an abundance of fascinating marine species just over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Camden, New Jersey. Located on Camden’s Waterfront, across the river from Philly’s Center City, the Adventure Aquarium is a truly wonderful educational destination for adults and children who wish to explore the world down below.
The beautiful and award-winning Adventure Aquarium first opened its doors in 1992, and has hosted millions of visitors over the years. Home to the largest number of sharks on the Eastern Seaboard, as well as more than 15,000 other aquatic species, it’s the only major aquarium in the Philadelphia region. Here you’ll find a variety of intriguing exhibits, 3-D films, and an assortment of unique opportunities for guests to get up close with some of the animals who reside here.
What to See and Do
A visit to the Adventure Aquarium is a fun, full-day experience for the entire family. In addition to the exceptional shark tanks, some of the more popular exhibits include penguins, stingrays, hippos, tropical fish, and the recent addition of two-toed sloths.
Here are a few of the Adventure Aquarium’s current highlights:
This expansive area features a soaring salt water tank with more than 700 gallons of seawater. It’s also site of the aquarium’s famous Shark Bridge and Shark Tunnel, where you can catch a great view of zebra, leopard, and hammerhead sharks, plus many more creatures of the deep.
This area showcases 15 separate exhibits relating to the Caribbean Sea and the interesting creatures who live there. It features an abundance of colorful tropical fish of all kinds, including seahorses, jellyfish, and sea turtles of all sizes.