MAGIC AND MERMAIDS RETURN TO ADVENTURE AQUARIUM

New in 2017, mythical mermaids dive in Shark Realm amidst sharks and other sea creatures!

Are Mermaids real? Adventure Aquarium invites guests to believe in the possibility this November.

Back by popular demand, the magical world of Mermaids returns from Sunday, November 5 through Sunday, November 12 for a limited-time engagement at Adventure Aquarium. New in 2017, Aquarium guests will have the unique opportunity to see mesmerizing Wands and Wishes Mermaids dive in the 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit and appear in one of Currents Ballroom’s movie screen-sized windows as sharks, graceful stingrays and glittering schools of menhaden glide past. The family-friendly program will also feature up close, dry-land opportunities to meet and greet with a Mermaid, pose for photos, receive a Mermaid keepsake autograph, make kid-friendly crafts and even interact with a pirate. Kids can also collect sticker coins at each Mermaid experience throughout the Aquarium to complete a special Mermaid treasure map.

“We are thrilled to bring a new Mermaid Experience to our guests in 2017 with these mythical creatures now swimming in Shark Realm,” said Kim Perno, Guest Experience Manager at Adventure Aquarium. “Our Mermaid Experience has only grown since we began four years ago and we are excited to bring guests even more Mermaid fun this year. From start to finish, kids of all ages will be mesmerized watching a real-life mermaid swim in water in our Currents Ballroom windows. But the experience doesn’t stop there – our guests will really be immersed in the Mermaid Experience with our ‘dry-side’ mermaids throughout the aquarium as they have chances to interact with them in multiple settings.”

The Mermaid Experience is included with Aquarium admission or Membership. Exclusive Members-only events will also be held on Saturday, November 4 and Friday, November 10, including special access to the Mermaid Experience. Members will also have special early open access to Mermaids on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 beginning at 9:00 a.m. To learn more, begin the Mermaid Experience or purchase tickets online, visit www.AdventureAquarium.com.

MERMAID EXPERIENCE PROGRAMMING

NEW! Swimming Mermaid in Shark Realm – Currents Ballroom is the new home for Mermaids in 2017. Watch a Mermaid swim underwater among rare shark species, graceful stingrays, glittering menhaden and more (Zone D).

Mermaid Autographs – Have the opportunity to meet a Mermaid up close and on dry land in Ocean Realm Panoramic Window (Zone A). Mermaid autographs are available daily during Mermaids.

Meet a Mermaid! – Come up close on dry-land for daily Mermaid meet and greets in the Blue Mile (Zone B). Have your picture taken with a Mermaid and take home a lasting memory of the magic you and your family experience.

Pirate Captain Appearance – Pirate greetings for all who dare to enter the aquarium. Meet, greet and snap a photo with a real-life Pirate during Mermaids.

Mermaid and Pirate Face Painting and Glitter Tattoos – Guests can channel their inner mermaid or pirate during their visit as Stacey’s Face Painting will offer themed designs daily during Mermaids.

Krafty Kelpers – Kid-friendly crafts will be available for guests daily during Mermaids.

Mermaid Shop – Mermaid merchandise will be available all week. From Mermaid apparel to Mermaid blankets to Pirate themed toys, there sure is something for all to enjoy. (While supplies last)

NOTE TO THE EDITOR
Downloadable images of the AAQ Mermaids are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7xgzki49mlv5a6u/AACjP7ZdQNJcwbDxRPwI4boZa?dl=0. Photo Credit: Adventure Aquarium.

ABOUT ADVENTURE AQUARIUM
Adventure Aquarium is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 8,500 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water.  The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only great hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States as well as two rare scalloped hammerhead sharks, the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos, one of only six facilities in the US to have Little Blue penguins as permanent residents and exhibits the longest Shark Bridge in the world, a unique V-shaped rope suspension bridge just inches over Shark Realm. Adventure Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is held to the absolute highest standards in animal care and exhibition. Open 365 days a year, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, visit AdventureAquarium.com.