January 17, 2016 |
It didn't take Adventure Aquarium's eight little blue penguins long to adjust to life in Camden. On their first day in front of the public, the birds played to the crowd, swimming close to their adoring fans outside their 9,230-gallon pool. "Hi, penguin!" Maddy Billetdoux, 2, squealed as one of the penguins, barely a foot tall, darted through the water near her stroller. The aquarium officially opened its new indoor exhibit, called the Little Blue Beach, on Friday. The 415-square-foot permanent exhibit houses two females and six males, with plans for two more penguins to arrive later.
December 17, 2015 |
Camden's Adventure Aquarium has given up on long-delayed plans to build a 300-foot-high tower offering panoramic views of Philadelphia and the Delaware River. Representatives of the aquarium, who announced the $5 million project in 2013, said the company that was given the task of designing the tower - United Kingdom-based Tower Systems - could not make the plan work. The tower would have been the first of its kind for that company to build. "The proposal for the Skyview Tower prototype was promising; however, the concept did not successfully translate into an attainable project," Vince Nicoletti, executive director and vice president of Adventure Aquarium, said in a statement Tuesday.
November 21, 2015 |
Everybody knows a princess. (Sometimes one is born to you, sometimes you marry one - sometimes both.) Based more on the 1939 Shirley Temple classic film than the great 1905 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Alfonso Cuarón's film A Little Princess is no fairy tale, but it is gorgeous. The 1995 gem is unfortunately little known, but well worth a look for the Emmanuel Lubezki cinematography as well as the affecting story of a young aristocratic girl whose fortunes take a turn for the worse when her father is lost in World War I. Those of a certain age may be surprised to see Eleanor Bron (the ingenue of the Beatles' Help!
November 7, 2015 |
Where do mermaids come from? Florida - and they can prove it, too. Just ask one of the Weeki Wachee Mermaids , as they finish up a visit to New Jersey with shows this weekend at the Adventure Aquarium. The graceful aquatic troupe will be performing in the 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit, swimming with the sharks (and the sea turtles and stingrays). This is the second trip to Camden for the finned ladies, who usually dwell in the natural springs of Weeki Wachee, Fla., as they have since 1947.
October 30, 2015 |
Camden City officials will hold a job fair Thursday at the Adventure Aquarium. The event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in Lot 7 of the aquarium's parking area. The event will include vendors from colleges and universities, trade organizations, contractors, and health-care institutions. Representatives from some of the companies with plans to move to Camden will be in attendance, city officials said. Companies including Lockheed Martin, Holtec, and Subaru of America have recently announced plans to build new facilities in Camden - projects that city officials have said will lead to thousands of construction jobs.
September 29, 2015 |
There's a charter school in New Jersey's poorest city called Camden's Promise, which is a good name for a place where children are educated. A newly announced waterfront development project may hold tremendous promise for the city as well. If it succeeds, it could fulfill long-held dreams of an urban renaissance along the Delaware River, with the strength to lift Camden's neighborhoods beyond the water's edge. The $1 billion project, announced last week by Liberty Property Trust, is expected to encompass 16 acres near Adventure Aquarium, including offices, apartments, retail, and a hotel.
September 26, 2015 |
City leaders, South Jersey power players, and Gov. Christie on Thursday unveiled plans for a billion-dollar project that, if brought to life, would transform the Camden waterfront with glittering high-rises, offices, and restaurants. Liberty Property Trust, the developer that spearheaded some of Philadelphia's most high-profile building projects, including the Comcast Center and the Navy Yard, has signed a deal to create a complex of offices, shops, more than 300 homes, and a 120-plus-room hotel on 16 acres just north of the Adventure Aquarium.
August 20, 2015 |
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno dropped by the Adventure Aquarium in Camden on Tuesday, observing African penguins, sand tiger sharks, and a swarm of jellyfish as she promoted the waterfront attraction during her weekly state tourism tour. Such appearances are part of the workday for Guadagno, who has maintained a steady schedule of speaking engagements, ribbon-cuttings, and tourism promotion while Gov. Christie is on the presidential campaign trail. "People need you to show up at parades.
July 8, 2015 |
The long : Mary Lee and her fellow lamniformes are having a moment. Shark-packed Adventure Aquarium's turning that moment into a fin-friendly season, with chances to learn the truth behind the jawing. The short : Outdoes the Discovery Channel. The demo : Ages 2 and up. The deal : The aquarium's big, stinky hippos are hilarious; the graceful baby rays irresistibly touchable. But let's face it: coolest of all is the 550,000-gallon Shark Realm's blue-lit glass tube that surrounds you with the country's largest collection of sand tiger, sandbar and nurse sharks.
February 8, 2015 |
When the temperature dips below 30 in Camden, as it did Friday, some of the residents at the Adventure Aquarium get restless. They shiver and pull their wings close to their bodies. Like anyone who does not like cold weather, they may get a little lethargic. That's how scientists at the aquarium know it's time to bring the penguins indoors, said Ann-Marie Bisagno, supervisor of birds and mammals. Unlike the emperor penguins, which people associate with arctic climates, the aquarium's residents are African black-footed penguins, from the southernmost tip of South Africa.