New Jersey is an aquatic wonderland with 130 miles of sandy beaches, over 200 silky smooth lakes, and impressive interstate rivers that connect us to the entire region. Visit New Jersey’s wonderful aquariums to see your family’s favorite local and global marine animals, including everything from hammerhead sharks to mellow sea turtles. Learn about the importance of animal and coastal preservation while having a blast at fun exhibits, displays, and presentations with your little ones.
Don’t hold your breath! Here are New Jersey’s best aquariums for families.
Jenkinson’s Adventure Aquarium
Located beachside on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk at Point Pleasant Beach, Jenkinson’s Aquarium is perfect for families to visit on an aquatic day trip, or as an activity during a week-long Jersey Shore vacation. Jenkinson’s utilizes new and exciting marine exhibits to educate its patrons about the importance of wildlife conservation. Visit the Atlantic sharks, Pacific sharks, coral reefs, penguins, and seals before heading over to the touch tank for an interactive experience with sea stars and sting rays. Family Fun Educational Workshops are offered year round for children 5 years and up, that allow your little ones to dive right into hands-on learning experiences with marine professionals. Take part in shark feeding, waddle alongside penguin friends, hit the sand and beachcomb with aquarium staff, or take a behind-the-scenes tour and see the inner workings of the aquarium. The possibilities for fun and learning experiences are so endless at Jenkinson’s Aquarium, that your family will want to keep coming back for more.
300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
For more information, please call (732) 899-1212 or visit http://jenkinsons.com/aquarium
Camden Adventure Aquarium
Children will be thrilled to see the only Great Hammerhead Shark on exhibit on the East Coast. Adventure Aquarium is also the only facility in the world to exhibit hippos! This groundbreaking aquarium on the Camden waterfront is a special destination where your family can see over 8,500 aquatic species in two million gallons of water. It will make your family’s day to see the Little Blue Penguins, the “cutest penguins ever!” before crossing the largest rope suspension shark bridge in the world. Experience what it’s like to be a marine biologist with educational daily shows including Meet the Divers, Sea Turtle Time, Hippo Bedtime, and Penguin Feeding. Parents can easily stop for lunch with the family at Feeding Frenzy Cafe, which features many kid friendly options. So much to do and see at Adventure Aquarium makes it a perfect NJ destination for families.
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103
For more information, please call (856) 365-3300 or visit http://www.adventureaquarium.com
Pick out the cutest bathing suits for your kids and head to the Wildwood Boardwalk for animal fun at Seaport Aquarium. Spend time with incredible creatures that you probably never thought you could see during a day down the shore with your family. See an eel eat his lunch, pet a darling nurse shark, be wowed by the alligators, and watch with fascination during white tip shark feeding time. Seaport offers more than expected at any ordinary aquarium! A whole troop of adorable marmoset monkeys call this beachside aquarium home. So before hitting the sand and surf, spend a little time at Seaport Aquarium and learn from their personable, informative staff.
3400 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260
For more information, please call (609) 522-0373 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Seaport-Aquarium-125583917524067/
Atlantic City Aquarium
Reptiles, amphibians, marine mammals, fish, invertebrates, birds – Atlantic City Aquarium has it all. Keep your little sea dwelling kiddies engaged with the aquarium’s many attention grabbing exhibits: Ocean Oddities, Moray Eels, Reef Predators, Tropical Rainforest, or the Piranha Tank. Take a productive break and stop to watch a Live Diver Feeding Show, and see divers hand-feed residents of the “Fish of the Mid-Atlantic” tank. Patrons even get to ask questions while the diver is underwater, and learn more about the duties of aquatic professionals. Atlantic City Aquarium is located at Historic Gardner’s Basin, at the waterfront of Atlantic City’s bay. Conclude your day at the aquarium with one of the city’s wonderful tourist attractions; dine on the waterfront, visit local shops, enjoy fishing and boating, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterside with your little ones and take in the beautiful views.
800 North New Hampshire Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
For more information, please call (609) 348-2880 or visit https://www.acaquarium.com
Liberty Science Center
We know that NJ moms and kids love Liberty Science Center for their IMAX films, Dino Digs, and Touch Tunnel, but did you know this world-class facility also features a year-round exhibit focused on our own Hudson River habitat? Our Hudson Home overlooks our backyard’s own ecosystem and cultivates interactive, fun information and activities that children of all ages can enjoy. Your little ones can move water and sediments in a real replication of the Hudson River, come face to face with adorable turtles at the child-height tanks, and even don white laboratory coats while conducting their own ecology experiments. Our Hudson Home also centers on human interaction with the river environment through simulation activities including the Virtual Crane that challenges your young ones to transport cargo 100 feet in the air over our waters. This fascinating exhibit is a perfect stop for marine loving families during your LSC experience.
222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ
For more information, please call (201) 200-1000 or visit http://lsc.org
Marine Mammal Stranding Center
New Jersey’s only facility for marine mammal rescue has been saving aquatic lives for over 35 years. Based in Brigantine, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center’s goal is to respond to stranded animals along New Jersey’s 1,800 miles of coastline, and rehabilitate the creatures before releasing them back into the ocean. This safe haven for marine life has housed and treated a wide range of species, from bottle nosed dolphins and sea turtles, to sea lions and porpoises. The small, dedicated team at the Stranding Center implements an array of educational programs designed for younger children to learn animal facts and safety through the Stranding Center’s museum. Families love to visit the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and see the lucky animals being cared for by the facility’s professionals. You will be surprised what marine life is right here in your own back yard.
3625 Brigantine Boulevard, Brigantine, NJ 08203
For more information, please call (609) 266-0528 or visit http://mmsc.org