Adventure Aquarium
Adventure Aquarium
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Adventure Aquarium is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 15,000 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water. The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks in the Northeast, 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • 8146kp
    Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect for all ages
    Went with my teenage and young adult children and they loved it. Hippos were fun to watch and walking across the shark tank was only slightly scary. Something for everyone and educational in a fun and engaging way. Didn't try any of their food options, but looked to be a variety to choose from and an outdoor area to enjoy your meal. The waterfront was beautiful and would be nice to sit on one of the benches to relax and enjoy the view of Philly.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Maureen D
    Las Vegas, Nevada11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect rainy day activity!
    Worth the drive from Ocean City, NJ! We were on vacation for a week at the beach and had some rainy days. We decided to check out the aquarium (about an hour from OCNJ). We had 2 five year olds and an 8 year old—all enjoyed it and had a great time. Many hands-on activities and play areas for them to run around.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Eileen19
    53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Time
    I had a really nice time during my visit. I had a AAA discount and got adult admission for about $30. I spent 4.5 hours here. The exhibits are all very varied and clean, with interesting signage. There are a few touching pools, two 3D movies, and feedings and talks happening throughout the day. Don't miss the hippo feeding. The shark stuff is really cool, and even the kids zone had exhibits that are interesting for adults. There are also various spots to get food, snacks, and drinks. There is indoor seating at the market cafeteria and outdoor seating by the beer garden and the penguins. You can bring your own lunch, which I did. Getting there is also easy, I used the River Link ferry. The walk from the ferry to the aquarium is short, clean, scenic, and felt safe. I recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • LadyAng
    Brooklyn, New York36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Aquarium
    We went on Christmas Day with 10 and 14 yo boys. The aquarium was not too busy and there were holiday decorations everywhere. Even it’s not a very big one but we can easily spent couple of hours there. Watching the penguin and hippo feedings were fun and we saw two 3D films which were very well made. Overall it’s a nice aquarium and I would recommend a visit if you travel to Philly.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2023
  • Ray R
    Grand Rapids, Michigan85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun aquarium!
    We were pleasantly surprised by this aquarium! While it is geared to younger children...which, by the way, is VERY cool, we loved it! Plenty of exhibits, even hippos! Lots of interactive stuff to do to keep the younger ones engaged. We had a good time here!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 April 2024
  • srscmh
    Warminster, Pennsylvania54 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expensive with poor signage
    It is almost $100 for a senior couple plus $22 for one fish sandwich and fries and $10 for parking. I know prices are high now but it seems a bit much for a visit that lasts for 2 hours. The signage is terrible, we had our tickets but there was no sign telling us we didn’t have to wait in line if we had them. The signs outside are very small and to not easily point to the entrance.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2024
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srscmh
Warminster, PA54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It is almost $100 for a senior couple plus $22 for one fish sandwich and fries and $10 for parking. I know prices are high now but it seems a bit much for a visit that lasts for 2 hours. The signage is terrible, we had our tickets but there was no sign telling us we didn’t have to wait in line if we had them. The signs outside are very small and to not easily point to the entrance.
Written 30 April 2024
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Ray R
Grand Rapids, MI85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We were pleasantly surprised by this aquarium! While it is geared to younger children...which, by the way, is VERY cool, we loved it! Plenty of exhibits, even hippos! Lots of interactive stuff to do to keep the younger ones engaged. We had a good time here!
Written 9 April 2024
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Jill W
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
3 visits to this aquarium, it was clean, and the enclosures are well kept. I booked swimming with the sharks and stingrays and the Hippo encounter. Both were a great experience.
Written 18 March 2024
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Journey18235790304
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The aquarium had a lot to see - the problem was that it was so crowded that we felt like we were on an airport moving walkway with no way to pause and enjoy the amazing displays. All you could do was quick nod like Clark Griswold at the Grand Canyon. Many of the smaller displays were so crowded with people you could barely see inside the aquarium. We saw a lot of exhausted, tense parents hovering around kids so they didn't get trampled. My group of 8 got pushed through the entire place in a little over an hour. Really a shame because if the admission size were more limited it would be fantastic. Loved the shark tunnel, where we could have a moment to enjoy a closer look.
Written 4 March 2024
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LadyAng
Brooklyn, NY36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We went on Christmas Day with 10 and 14 yo boys. The aquarium was not too busy and there were holiday decorations everywhere. Even it’s not a very big one but we can easily spent couple of hours there. Watching the penguin and hippo feedings were fun and we saw two 3D films which were very well made. Overall it’s a nice aquarium and I would recommend a visit if you travel to Philly.
Written 28 December 2023
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Spavacay
Bristol, PA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Loved the time spent with me and the family!! Would love to have another one soon! Im willing to do it all throughout the aquarium again !
Written 10 November 2023
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jeff f
Ambler, PA902 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
While seeing the exhibits were great, there are just too many negatives. The signage is awful. We went for the mermaids and were given a specific time of arrival. We also had a specific time for the show, What we didn't know is that the time for the show just allows you to get in line at that time. The line was over an hour long just to have the mermaids wave at the crowd for 2 minutes. By the time we got done, the aquarium was closing in 30 minutes so we only got to see a very small portion of the aquarium. For 2 seniors and one grandchild it was $115 for 4-5 hours with almost 1.5 hours of that standing in line.
Written 27 September 2023
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Stephanie W
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Not as much as the Baltimore aquarium but the atmosphere is 💯% better and you can actually get close to see the wonders on display and pet sharks.
Written 26 September 2023
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Chris B
Michigan498 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I hate giving a low review to an aquarium because they are my favorite places to visit but this one falls short. There's no real flow to the layout so its confusing and people are coming from both directions so there's never a really good viewing "pocket" in between the other visitors. Also the "pirate" theme is not very well done and most tanks either look cheesy or bare. The animals, however, were great... they're just swimming around like a sad rock or old anchor and not something more natural looking.
Written 13 September 2023
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W8LT3R
Howell, NJ2,450 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
During a visit of my relatives from Brooklyn to New Jersey we tried to come up with a good place for a Family Day trip to create some happy memories for everyone of the visit. We decided on the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. It is only a one-hour drive away and offers lots of fun, kid friendly and adult friendly activities as well as unique photo ops for memories. This is not our first visit to the Aquarium, but we always find it fun and entertaining each time.
There were eight in our party which included a 12-year-old and two children - a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old. We brought a portable stroller to push the 1-year-old around. We used the Aquarium website to preorder and print tickets in advance of our arrival - which allowed us to skip the box office and walk directly into the Aquarium upon arrival. Online tickets are timed with your entry time, and you are allowed to enter 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after your selected entry time. The Aquarium encourages guests to arrive based on their ticket entry time because they cannot guarantee entry outside of this window - especially during peak visitation times. The Aquarium offers discount tickets for Seniors 65 years and over, children between 2 and 13 years and is free for kids under age 2.
The aquarium provides plenty of parking in front of the building in surface lots. Parking lot entrances can be found along North Delaware Avenue. There is also a circle in front of the Aquarium (the Aquarium Loop Drive) where you can conveniently drop off passengers (such as infants with strollers or those using wheelchairs) before parking your car in the lots. Beware that wagons, wagon style strollers and large strollers are prohibited in the Aquarium due to the narrow walkways. However, you can rent wheelchairs and/or strollers (Lower Level) if needed. An additional fully refundable $10 deposit is required for each stroller and/or wheelchair rented.
As you approach the entrance to the Aquarium, they offer several photo op venues where you can take photos with your own cell phone or camera as well as Aquarium staff who will take photos of your entire family. H2O Photo staff are also available to take photos after you cross the Shark Bridge. At the end of your visit, you can visit the H2O Photo center (Lover Level) to select either digital or physical souvenir photos to take home. We took several photos with cell phones at the photo op sites along the walkway to the entrance as well as a group family shot by H20 staff. Those who crossed the Shark bridge also took H2O photos at the end. We purchased digital photos at the end of our visit to share with everyone.
Adventure Aquarium has an impressive array of activities spread over 3 Levels (Lower Level, Level 1 and Level 2) and five Zones (A to E). It is wise to get an aquarium map to find your way around after you enter, which also tells you when special events like feeding times are done by Aquarium divers and staff as well as when live shows are taking place. It can be a challenge to navigate between the exhibits without a map of the layout. Even with a map we were confused many times as we navigated the maze of corridors between the different Zones.
Probably the most impressive exhibit of the Aquarium is the Shark Tunnel (Level 1) where you walk through a tunnel with sharks visibly swimming above and beside you as you go. There is also a Shark Bridge (Level 1) where you can walk on a bridge made of heavy rope netting above a shark tank. (Personally, I did not find the Shark Bridge that interesting or scary since you cannot see the sharks very well with the heavy netting obscuring your view of the sharks below. But you can get a nice photo op at the end of your trip through the bridge.) We also enjoyed the sting ray tank, the Touch Me Tank and the jelly fish exhibit.
For children there is a play zone (Level 1) with obstacles for the kids to climb on and run amuck near the Penguin Island. Penguin Island is also interesting. Seeing the penguins fly through the water like birds is always impressive to watch.
Should you need a break from touring the aquarium you can sit and rest in the Beer Garden (Level 1) of the Aquarium. This is a pleasant, outdoor terrace with tables, chairs and umbrellas for shade offering impressive views of the Delaware River, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Philadelphia skyline. There are also places to sit, rest and eat at Marketplace/Coffee Shop and a gift shop indoors (at Level 1) as well.
The Aquarium hours are from 9:30 AM to 5 PM seven days a week. We toured the Aquarium for 4 hours including lunch at the Marketplace, playtime for kids in Play Zone, a rest stop at the Beer Garden and the Penguin feeding live show in Penguin Island.
Written 1 September 2023
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