September 14, 2004 |
It took three years to come up with a new name for the New Jersey State Aquarium, but there was one guiding principle: Ditch the "New Jersey. " And so it was decreed yesterday that the place would be called the decidedly less regional Adventure Aquarium when it reopens in May after a nine-month expansion. "We didn't want to pigeonhole ourselves," said David Wechsler, vice president of Steiner & Associates, the aquarium's new operator. "The old name sounded too institutional, and we didn't want to get into the whole New Jersey and Philadelphia thing.
July 6, 2013 |
Mighty Mike, America's largest alligator, is romping and stomping at the Adventure Aquarium through Sept. 2. Discovered in 2000 in Florida, Mike is 14 feet long and weighs over 800 pounds. Guests will learn about Mike's history, eating habits, and more. The alligator's baby hatchling friend will also be in attendance. Also at the aquarium, guests can get up close and personal with other reptiles including the tortoise, terrapins, and cornsnake. Alligator Mighty Mike through Sept.
March 30, 2012 |
CAMDEN - Bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to attractions for Adventure Aquarium's smallest visitors. "KidZone," which opens Saturday, is the aquarium's most child-accessible exhibit space yet. The underwater windows are closer to the ground, the rooms encourage interaction, and the sea creatures are relatively small. But they all have their quirks. Any child who remembers the film Finding Nemo will recognize the display's orange-and-white clown fish, or the outgoing cleaner shrimp - which, given the opportunity, will climb on your hand and inspect your cuticles.
January 27, 2006 |
For cold-weather creatures, winter may seem like no big deal. But just how do they survive in these chilly times? Adventure Aquarium gets at the heart of how animals such as seals and penguins keep warm with "Deep Freeze. " The two-day event gives visitors a look at how animals' built-in defense mechanisms, such as blubber and fur, help them through the winter. "It's educational and it's interactive," says aquarium spokesman Bill Larson. In keeping with the theme, an ice carver will transform blocks of ice into some favorite aquarium creatures, and children can get warmed up on a polar-bear moon bounce.
November 2, 2013 |
Camden's view of Philadelphia is about to reach new heights. In a move to capitalize on the waterfront vantage of the Philadelphia skyline, the Adventure Aquarium announced Thursday that a $5 million observation tower is to open in spring 2015. The tower ride, which will be funded by the aquarium's corporate parent, Herschend Family Entertainment, will hold up to 30 people and rise 300 feet in the air. "We have an amazing view on this side of the river. This is a view you can't get anywhere," Kevin Keppel, executive director of the aquarium, said at a news conference Thursday.
September 21, 2012 |
Outside the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, visitors marveled at penguins waddling over the ground, then quietly slipping into the water. Nearby, seals glided effortlessly through another tank, surfacing to eat fish offered by trainers. The typical routines - regularly seen by crowds at the exhibits - will give way to major changes over the next few years as the Camden waterfront attraction undergoes the most expensive renovation since its privatization in 2005. Preliminary plans call for an expansive new penguin exhibit that will cost millions of dollars and double the size of the current Penguin Island, officials said.
September 25, 2013 |
KAILYN LOWRY, star of MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom 2," and Javi Marroquin tied the knot at Camden's Adventure Aquarium this past weekend. Lowry, 21, Instagrammed a pic of herself and Marroquin after swimming with the sharks before their ceremony. Lowry, who hails from Whitehall Township, and Marroquin got engaged last year and are expecting their first child together. Lowry walked down the aisle with her three-year-old son, Isaac , from a previous relationship with Jo Rivera . The couple had their first dance to Christina Perri 's "A Thousand Years.
March 17, 2006 |
How do you say "Happy Birthday" to a hippo? At Adventure Aquarium, the party for Button, one of two resident hippos, features sing-alongs, face-painting, dancing the "hippo hustle," playing pin-the-tail-on-the-hippo, and even vegetarian "birthday cake" feedings. The 3,000-pound Button, who lives in the aquarium's West African River Experience exhibit, is celebrating her ninth birthday with activities throughout March. "We're the only aquarium in the country to have hippos," said Adventure Aquarium spokesman Bill Larson.
January 18, 2013 |
Come out of your shell this weekend and learn how turtles have been able to adapt and survive since prehistoric times at Adventure Aquarium's newest exhibit "Turtles: Journey of Survival. " On display through March 24, the exhibit features more than 20 species of land and sea turtles from around the globe. Each day activities will educate about their biology, evolution, and living habitats. At "The Journey of Five Turtles," a daily interactive show in the Ocean Realm Dive Theater, visitors can learn about vulnerable species and meet Loggerhead Bob; Ozzy, a 3-month-old hatchling; and green sea turtles Old Green and Stitches.
February 28, 2014 |
In a tent outside the Camden Children's Garden, brightly painted fence posts with portraits of children lie waiting to be assembled and erected around a garden of ripe fruits and vegetables. The scene is a vibrant, 400-square-foot self-portrait of a city often cast in shades of gray, and one that the Children's Garden is eager to showcase at the Philadelphia Flower Show, running from Saturday through March 9. The garden, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will mark its 17th appearance at the Flower Show and first since the state attempted to evict the group from its waterfront home last spring.