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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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A body was found Saturday in the Delaware River behind the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. Camden fire crews responded about 4 p.m. after an aquarium employee discovered the body. The body was identified Monday as that of David Opoku, 27. Coast Guard officials said Opoku was wearing a blue jumpsuit. State police officials said he was often around the Camden area and in Trenton. The state police major-crimes unit is investigating. mboren@phillynews.com 856-779-3829 @borenmc
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NEWS
September 22, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard Pagan ran down an Adventure Aquarium ramp to see the crocodiles. Naequan Rivera played doctor on a large teddy bear. Allysa Lesher chatted with nurses about college. All that seemed impossible for the three South Jersey youths not so long ago. All were trauma victims whose lives were saved by quick-acting doctors and nurses at Cooper University Hospital. Richard, Naequan, and Lesher joined nearly 20 other children and their families Saturday at Cooper Hospital's Celebrate Life event at Adventure Aquarium.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2014 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Small notices were taped to various surfaces at the Susquehanna Bank Center before Saturday night's Oddball Comedy Festival: "Amy Schumer will not be performing tonight. " She wasn't the only headliner from the festival website not in attendance. Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, and Bill Burr weren't scheduled for a number of shows on the 21-date tour, including the Camden stop. The well-oiled crowd didn't seem to mind, though, because Louis C.K., the cynosure of the festival, was there and in fine form.
NEWS
June 13, 2014
Americans love to root for the underdog. So it's hard to get angry at Camden for enticing the Philadelphia 76ers into building a new state-of-the-art practice facility in South Jersey. After all, few U.S. cities fit the underdog description as well as Camden. The epitome of urban malfunction has poverty, literacy, and crime rates that make it less than an afterthought when developers consider potential sites. Mimicking the economic policies of poor Southern states and third-world countries, the destitute town typically sweetens the pot to lure development.
SPORTS
June 11, 2014
THE 76ERS seek an $82 million grant over 10 years from the state of New Jersey to help build their state-of-the-art facility in Camden, according to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority's agenda released ahead of today's meeting. The grant, valued per year at $8,204,050, is part of the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program, according to the agenda. The program provides tax credits to businesses that are creating or retaining jobs in certain areas of the state. The EDA's meeting is set for 10 a.m. today at the Waterfront Technology Center in Camden.
SPORTS
June 8, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
THE 76ERS are moving to New Jersey. But relax, Philadelphia fans, it's only for practice. Practice, man. Practice. After months of speculation of where the team would build its much-anticipated facility, CEO Scott O'Neil released a statement yesterday saying that the organization has "officially filed an application for a site along the New Jersey waterfront in Camden. We understand the New Jersey Economic Development Authority will be voting on an incentive for a possible facility on the waterfront at their upcoming meeting.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Come see Nile hippopotamuses Genny and Button in their new permanent Hippo Haven home opening Sunday at Adventure Aquarium. The lady hippos' new digs have been transformed into a theatrical environment that includes lighting and original music scores. A six-minute animated show will give an education about hippo habits and how they live on the African river. In addition to seeing the hippos above water, guests will also get a clearer view of them swimming in the lower portion of their home, which is a 60,000-gallon pool with a new water filtration system added as part of the renovation.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hippos Button and Genny - the largest residents at Camden's Adventure Aquarium - just got a $1 million upgrade to their shared home. The two females have spent their days grazing and wading since 2005 in "Hippo Haven" - the only hippopotamus exhibit in an aquarium anywhere in the country (the large mammals are often found at zoos). Starting Saturday, the renovated exhibit officially opens with newly installed lighting, decorative flower and plant projections, an African-inspired original musical score (think Lion King )
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Leap over to Camden's Adventure Aquarium for a two-day celebration of Save the Frogs, part of the "Frogs: Nature's Messenger" exhibition. Proceeds will support the Save the Frogs Foundation. You will see more than 20 kinds of frogs, including the huge African bullfrog, the red-eyed tree frog, and the golden poison dart, and meet some of the colorful amphibians as they make an appearance with the aquarium's animal experts and biologists. To make the amphibian experience complete, there will also be a Frogger station, where visitors can play the '80s arcade game.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A body was found Saturday in the Delaware River behind the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. Camden fire crews responded about 4 p.m. after an aquarium employee discovered the body. The body was identified Monday as that of David Opoku, 27. Coast Guard officials said Opoku was wearing a blue jumpsuit. State police officials said he was often around the Camden area and in Trenton. The state police major-crimes unit is investigating. mboren@phillynews.com 856-779-3829 @borenmc
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