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September 14, 2004 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 30, 2012 | Matt Huston FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2006 | By Dana Reddington INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News
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.
NEWS
November 2, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 21, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
  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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2006 | By Dana Reddington INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
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.
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NEWS
January 17, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 17, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
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!
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 29, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
NEWS
September 26, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News
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.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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