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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Field Trip Review: Adventure Aquarium

Name: Adventure Aquarium
Address: 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103, 856.365.3300
Preferred Ages: all ages
Cost: $18.95 (2-12), $25.95 (13+), plus parking $10
Membership Cost: $75-$235 (1 person up to 4 adult/4 children), plus parking $5

Open 365 days a year from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Adventure Aquarium continues to offer new opportunities for families to explore, discover and play. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning guest, you can count on new hands-on activities, new animals and exhibits and new moments of magic.

Check out KidZone, an enchanting playground “under the sea,” and experience seven different touch exhibits to get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays and more. Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world where you can see hippos nose-to-nose, and the only aquarium in the country to feature a Great Hammerhead Shark – among the largest and rarest of sharks!

Add two million gallons of fun, a 40-foot suspended Shark Tunnel, a 4D Theater, and free live shows and up-close animal experiences daily, and it’s clear to see why a trip to Adventure Aquarium promises to deliver family memories that will last a lifetime.

This is a favorite place to visit among kids, especially since they can touch sharks, sting rays, sea anemones, and starfish, while also seeing large sharks up close.  While it can get extremely busy with school trips and during the summer months, the space is large enough to accommodate lots of people and you will still be able to see the exhibits.  The staff are very friendly, the restrooms are clean, and the food (although extremely overpriced) is decent for what it is.  This is, however, a very pricey field trip, even with a membership, if you plan to eat (easily $35 for 4 people) or hit the gift shop for a small souvenir (where it is hard to find anything a child will want for under $10).  There are a lot of opportunities for photographs and the staff are special needs friendly. 

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