This post was made possible by Adventure Aquarium who provided us with admission to Adventure Aquarium at no charge. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families information about experiences with sharks at Adventure Aquarium we think families will enjoy.
At Jersey Family Fun, we’ve been telling you about the Adventure Aquarium since 2011, but we’ve been visiting this New Jersey Aquarium even longer. I can remember taking Girl Scouts to visit long before I had my own kids. There was no special Kids Zone, no Shark Bridge; even then it was still fun to walk among the exhibits. Now not only does Adventure Aquarium have several touch tanks for kids to get up close with animals, but there also numerous ways to experience sharks at Adventure Aquarium. If yours and the kids’ excitement for sharks go beyond Shark Week, check out all these ways you can experience sharks at Adventure Aquarium.
4 Ways to Experience Sharks at Adventure Aquarium
- WATCH the Sharks! There are several different areas to watch the sharks at Adventure Aquarium. The Shark Realm and Ocean Ream are two such areas. In the Ocean Realm, children and adults alike can walk up to wall size windows to watch swimming silky sharks and blacknose sharks at the Adventure Aquarium. A nearby wall mural helps kids learn about the different types of sharks in our marine habitats. In the Shark Realm’s Shark Tunnel, over 20 sharks live in 550,000 gallons of water with another 200 animals. Walk through and feel surrounded by sharks at Adventure Aquarium while still feeling safe.
- TOUCH a shark! One of our favorite areas to have experiences with sharks at Adventure Aquarium is the Touch A Shark exhibit. There is time every hour where children and adults can touch white spotted bamboo and brown banded bamboo sharks. The two finger touch rule does apply and nearby staff are always happy to help children learn more about sharks.
- WALK over the sharks! The newest way to experience sharks at Adventure Aquarium is with a walk over the sharks on the Shark Bridge. Did you know Shark Bridge is the longest, V-shaped rope suspension bridge in the world? As you walk across the 81 foot Shark Bridge with your kids you’ll be just inches above the 21-foot deep Shark Realm exhibit. Through the nets below you can see nearly 30 magnificent sand tiger, sandbar and nurse sharks and other animals.
- DIVE in with the sharks! Want to take your experience with sharks at Adventure Aquarium to the extreme level? Beyond watching the sharks in the Shark Realm or walking across it on the Shark Bridge, you can get in and swim with sharks at Adventure Aquarium. During your Swim with the Sharks experience, Adventure Aquarium staff will brief you on what to expect, teach you about the animals you will encounter and give you a quick snorkeling lesson. Once INSIDE the Shark Realm water you’ll be close up with Sandbar sharks, Nurse sharks and more! The experience will be nearly 2 hours with 45 minutes in the water and includes time with sharks and stingrays. You can learn more about this experience with sharks at Adventure Aquarium at their website.
Whether you’re just a shark fan during shark week or want to learn more about sharks yearround, Adventure Aquarium is an ideal location to take your family.
Are you ready to experience sharks at Adventure Aquarium?
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Visit Adventure Aquarium’s site to learn more about sharks at Adventure Aquarium and to plan your visit.
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