Adventure Aquarium Camden Reviews
Nice aquarium across the river from Philly Aug 10, 2015
Located across the Delaware River from Philly, in the town of Camden, Adventure Aquarium is a nice aquarium to visit. But is it good enough to make it worth making a detour to Camden?
Getting there by public transportation, you can take PATCO to the Walter Rand Transportation Center. Then switch to the RiverLine light rail, going to the direction of Camden, getting off at the stop named Aquarium. Slightly cheaper option, but you do have to transfer in a depressed neighborhood. You can also take the RiverLink ferry across the river from Philly and back, which is probably your better option, as it drops you off very close to the aquarium. But this is only seasonal. Check schedules to make sure.
This aquarium is divided by 4 zones, which are…
Zone A – collection of wildlife by rivers, with the highlight being Ocean Realm Theater. This is where you can sit down and view sharks, hammerheads, and turtles swimming by, with some nice music playing in the background.
Zone B – the only outdoor part, with African penguins and stingrays. There is a playground as well, but only appealing if you have kids. The enclosure for the penguins is small, but check it out when it is feeding time.
Zone C – on Level 2, basically about frogs, where there are different types of frogs. Plus an interactive exhibit, but again, mainly for the kids. Nothing really special about it for me.
Zone D – the best part of the aquarium, where they have a couple of female hippos on display. And you can view them underwater. Also there is a shark tunnel, where you can view sharks swimming over you. Plus an exhibition on prehistoric marine creatures, with statues of them and descriptions of them. A nice little exhibit.
Not a big place, you can see it all in a few hours. My recommendation, is to come either really early, or sometime after 2pm, to avoid the crowds of school groups. And safe to say, avoid the weekends as well.
Just outside of it, you get nice views of Philly from across the river, and the Ben Franklin Bridge, that connects Philly to New Jersey.
While it is a nice aquarium to visit, I don’t think it is a must-see, being that it is out of the way from everything else in Philly. And while it can be a good option for a rainy or hot day, I can think of a few other places that would be better, and more closer to the touristy areas.
I give this place 3 1/2 stars.
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