Shark Awareness Weekend

No one does sharks better than we do! Join us Memorial Day Weekend as we celebrate our second annual Shark Awareness Weekend. On Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, learn all about the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast and help save sharks at this interactive conservation festival. Also, enjoy TONS of shark fun, including exclusive shark encounters, games and more.


What's Planned for Shark Awareness Weekend?


Behind the Scenes Shark Video - Did you know sharks get check-ups from their doctor? Want to learn more about sharks in the wild? Take a look at how we care for our sharks and how OCEARCH keeps track of sharks in our oceans.
Location: Ocean Realm Panoramic Window (Zone A)


Shark Egg and Epaulette Display – Did you know some sharks lay eggs? Wonder what a shark egg looks like? Take a virtual dive into our various shark displays.
Location: Ocean Realm Panoramic Window (Zone A)


We’re Talking Sharks All Weekend – There is so much to learn about sharks – especially the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast. Learn all about their diet, teeth, lifespan and more! Please check your show guide for times.
Location: Shark Den in Shark Realm (Zone D)


Sharks: Fact or Fiction – Visit our Shark Fact or Fiction table where you will receive info and have to guess if it is true or false.
Location: Blue Mile (Zone B)


Shark & Ray In-Water Encounter for just $125 per person! Snorkel in Shark Realm alongside dozens of sharks and help save sharks in the process as 50% of the proceeds benefit our conservation partners. Space is limited, while supplies last.
Location: Shark Shack (Zone D)


Dine with the Sharks - Those feeling ravenous during their visit can enjoy a Hippo-Sized Buffet in Currents Ballroom - with movie-screen sized windows looking into Shark Realm and dozens of swimming sharks - served daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for an additional cost. The lunch buffet will feature a variety of freshly-prepared menu items, including chicken marsala, baked mac ‘n’ cheese, popcorn chicken, fries, pizza and more! 
Location: Currents Ballroom 


Spin and Win! – Donate $5 for 2 spins or $3 for 1 spin (cash only) and spin the wheel to win a custom-designed mug or other shark-themed prizes!
Location: Ocean Realm Panoramic Window (Zone A)


Gill the Shark Dance Party – Have the opportunity to meet and dance with everyone’s favorite walk-around character, Gill the shark. Please check your show guide for times and location.
Location: Rotunda (Zone B)


Adoptable Sharks – Well, sort of…Adopt a shark during your visit! Receive a special adoption certificate, a shark plush and more!
Location: The Gift Shop (Zone D)


Save sharks in the wild
Donations collected during the conservation festival will benefit the AZA SAFE (Association of Zoos and Aquariums: Saving Animals from Extinction) Shark and Ray Conservation Action Plan, a program committed toward saving sharks and rays, both species which are declining at an alarming rate, through collaborative conservation efforts between AZA members and partners. Donations will also benefit OCEARCH, a non-profit organization with a global reach for unprecedented research on great white sharks and other large apex predators.