As we walked into Adventure Aquarium on President’s Day, my husband and I both wondered out loud how it was we had never been there before. Originally the New Jersey State Aquarium, Adventure Aquarium was renamed in 2005. Neither one of us had the opportunity to visit when we were kids and we absolutely love aquariums almost as much as our own children do, so we were excited to be given the chance to check it out.
Right now, there is a new frog exhibit that will be open for a limited time until April 27th. It’s the perfect excuse to get out of the house (I know we all need a break after all this snow) and burn off some energy. But if frogs aren’t your thing, there are so many different animals it’s hard to remember them all. Yes, there are fish and jellyfish, but there are also hippos(!), penguins (although that was closed when we went, they brought out a little penguin in the rotunda to meet all the visitors), and sharks! My sons didn’t know where to look first.
We’ve been to a few different aquariums and couldn’t help but compare. Adventure Aquarium is huge and had some things we hadn’t seen in an aquarium before. Specifically, both the KidZone (which is fantastic) and the Shark Tunnel really impressed us. The KidZone allowed our kids to play and interact with themed indoor playgrounds as well as actual animals. There was a dome within a fish tank which gave my oldest the chance to pop his head up and feel like he was swimming with the fishes. He even yelled “I’m in the ocean!” And they had a touch exhibit where he got to pet a starfish.
As for the Shark Tunnel, that was a fun experience! It might have been my favorite part of the trip! My oldest really interacted with the exhibit and the feeling of watching a shark swim right over you is amazing.
But we were there for the frogs. There were over 20 different species of frogs. All different colors and sizes, the frogs are a wonderful addition to the aquarium. My son raced from window to window to let me know what they all looked like. There were even ones that looked like tree bark, you almost missed that they were frogs until they moved! My personal favorite were the poison dart frogs. Pretty!
If you’re looking for a family friendly activity to get you out of the house, or maybe you’re interested in a yearly membership, head over to the Adventure Aquarium site before March 1st for $15 single tickets OR 20% off their memberships!
We were provided tickets to Adventure Aquarium to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.