It’s not always easy to find a year-round attraction that will keep kids and adults alike entertained for hours, but Camden’s Adventure Aquarium can do just that. Whether you’re looking for shelter from the summer sun, an escape from cold-weather cabin fever, or somewhere in between, this waterfront aquarium will offer a deep dive into fun.
Located just along the Delaware River and minutes away from downtown Philadelphia, the Adventure Aquarium is a popular spot for visitors of all ages. That’s largely due to the over 15,000 aquatic species, including that call the aquarium home as well as the many unique exhibits and events that the aquarium hosts each year.
It’s easy to roam the two-building property for hours, and the aquarium is home to many of the creatures you’d expect – from ocean and freshwater fish, octopus, sea turtles, and more. But if you want to catch all the highlights, here are a few of the most popular attractions that Adventure Aquarium has to offer.
Penguin Island, Little Blue Beach & Penguin Park
Penguins are known to steal (and chase) the spotlight, and the penguins that Call Camden’s aquarium home are no different. Adventure Aquarium is one of only six U.S. aquariums to have a permanent Little Blue Penguin exhibit, which is in the Little Blue Beach exhibit. But that’s not all. Head to Penguin Island to check out the iconic African Penguins as they waddle, swim, and play throughout the day.
The penguins are such a visitor favorite that the aquarium also created an outdoor penguin area known as Penguin Park. Here, families can spend some time outdoors learning, playing, and of course connecting with even more of the resident penguins.
Shark Bridge & Shark Realm
Want to catch a glimpse of some the ocean’s fiercest inhabitants? The Adventure Aquarium’s Shark Realm is one of the best spots to get up close and personal sharks of all kinds. You can even swim with them if you dare. There, you’ll be able to view over 20 types of sharks, including the only hammerhead shark on exhibit in the U.S. as well as Tiger Sharks and the Blacktip Sharks.
Looking for a different view? Check out the Shark Bridge, an 81-foot V-shaped rope suspension bridge that allows visitors to stroll inches above the many of the sharks that call the 550,000-gallon Shark Realm home.
Fish? Check. Penguins? Check. Hippos? Double-check. If you think you must head to your nearest zoo to see some hippos, think again. Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world to host hippos, making it a unique and exciting addition to their already unique exhibits. In the aptly dubbed Hippo Haven, you can meet Button and Genny, two Nile hippos who like to lounge, play, and greet visitors.
Adventure Aquarium KidZone
Adventure Aquarium was designed to appeal to visitors of all ages, but if you have kids who are six and under, you’ll want to stop by the KidZone. There, they can take advantage of exhibits designed with them in mind. That includes plenty of things to climb and play on, like a mini ship and a giant jellyfish. They can also get a feel for aquatic life as they explore the touch tank, which is home to an array of creatures, including starfish and stingrays.
Live Shows & Feedings
Aquariums and zoos often offer live encounters with many of their animals, and the Adventure Aquarium is no different. Throughout the week, visitors can attend live feedings and shows, providing them with unique and educational experiences that aren’t always available from behind the glass. Among the animals included in the aquarium’s live shows and feedings are the African Penguins, Little Blue Penguins, and the Nile Hippos. The aquarium also offers regular up-close animal experiences with many of their resident birds, reptiles, and rodents.
Taking a Bus to the Camden Aquarium
The Adventure Aquarium is only minutes way from downtown Philadelphia, and that makes getting to it relatively easy. However, if you want to skip the tolls and city traffic, then consider taking a bus to the Camden Aquarium. When you take a Martz bus to the Camden Aquarium, you can exit the bus at either the 30th St. Station or the 10th St. Station, both of which are conveniently located near many of Philadelphia’s best attractions. There’s no need to worry about finding and paying for parking. Just hop on a Martz bus in PA, NY, or NY, and you’ll be well on your way.
Getting to the Camden Aquarium from the 10th Street Bus Terminal
By Car: The best way to get to the Camden Aquarium from the 10th Street Bus Terminal is to use one of the many car services available. This includes Lyft, Uber, or one of the many Philadelphia Taxis that are available. Simply tell the driver to take you to Adventure Aquarium, located at 1 Riverside Dr. Camden, NJ. Traffic can vary, but you should arrive in about 10 to 15 minutes.
By Bus/Train: There are several public transportation routes available, but if you want to take one of the faster options, head east on Filbert St. towards N 10th St, and turn right onto N 10th St. Then take another right onto Market Street. Once at the 8th & Market St. Station, take the PATCO Line to Lindenwold. From there, you’ll be on a direct run to City Hall. Exit and head north on N 5th St for about 13 mins, and then turn a turn left on to Market St. After a slight left, the aquarium will be on your left
Getting to the Camden Aquarium from the 30th Street Station
By Car: As is the case with the 10th Street Bus Terminal, the easiest way to get to the Camden Aquarium from the 30th Street station is to use a local car service to get to 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ. The 30th Street Station is slightly closer to the aquarium, but due to traffic, the trip takes about the same amount of time – 10 to 15 minutes.
By Bus/Train: If you’d prefer to take public transportation, many routes can take you from 30th Street Station to the Aquarium. To take one of the faststr routes, exit the station and head south, turning right on to N 30th Street. Then take a sharp left directly on to N 30th St., cross the street, and enter the Septa 30th Street station through the 30th St & Market St. stairs.
Once there you can take the Market-Frankford Line (MFL) to the 8th Street Station. From the 8th St. station, hop on the PATCO Train to Lindenwold. From there, you’ll be on a direct run to City Hall. Exit and head north on N 5th St for about .7 miles, and then turn a turn left on to Market St. After a slight left, the aquarium will be on your left.
Keep in mind that if you’re taking public transportation to the Camden aquarium, it’s best to check the SEPTA schedule, as departure, arrival times, and available stops can change daily.If you’re planning a trip in the n the spring and summer months, you may also want to consider the River Link Ferry, which runs from Penn’s Landing directly to the aquarium. You can check the Delaware River Waterfront website for schedule updates.
Chartering a bus to the Camden Aquarium
With so many exhibits, Camden’s Adventure Aquarium is a great place for group trips, and what better way to get there than to charter a bus to the Camden Aquarium. When you charter a bus to the Camden Aquarium, you can select your departure location and get dropped off right on the aquarium grounds. There’s no need to synch travel schedules or deal with any of the stressful logistics. Just gather your group and get on the bus where you can enjoy the company of friends and as you make your way to and from the aquarium.