Shark Summer

Summer is here and that can only mean one thing: SHARKS. No one does sharks better than Adventure Aquarium, especially during #SharkSummer! The largest collection of sharks on the East Coast resides right here and now you can discover the world’s most misunderstood predator in so many ways. This July and August, before you hit the beach, we invite you to #ExploreBeforeTheShore and get to know the sharks swimming right in our own backyard of the Atlantic Ocean!

Jersey Native sharks, including Shark Realm residents sand tiger, nurse and sandbar sharks, are vital to the ocean’s ecosystems as apex predators. Did you know many species of sharks migrate to the Delaware Bay for their pupping (aka baby sharks!) grounds? Explore just how important these animals are to the health of our ocean and ways we as humans can help protect them.

Walk through our Shark Tunnel, a 180 degree view of Shark Realm, our second largest exhibit at Adventure Aquarium and home sand tiger, sandbar and nurse sharks – species all found in the Jersey Shore coastal waters.

Visit Ocean Realm and meet Anchor, our great hammerhead, who is also the only great hammerhead on exhibit in the United States. 

Did you know stingrays are close relatives of sharks? You can interact with a variety of stingray species, including opportunities to touch and feed them, in Stingray Beach Club. Their skin feels super smooth and their the friendliest “shark cousins” you’ll ever meet! 

FREE Shark Fin Hats! Be one of the first 500 guests on Tuesday, July 24 or Thursday, July 26 and get an exclusive Shark Week Shark Fin hat (until supplies last).

Show off your inner shark this #SharkSummer by visiting Stacey’s Face Painting in the Rotunda for a shark transformation. On select days, stop by the Sport Clips table in the Blue Mile for a complimentary Shark Fin Mohawk or Mermaid Tail hair do. You’ll also receive an exclusive Sports Clips discount offer when you visit their table (Cherry Hill and Mt. Laurel, New Jersey locations only).
Sports Clips Dates:
7/27, 7/28, 7/29, 8/1

No matter how you do #SharkSummer, Adventure Aquarium is the place for you! Remember, #ExploreBeforeTheShore.

How to Experience Sharks at Adventure Aquarium:

Shark Bridge

Shark Bridge, presented by Horizon, brings you even closer to these incredible creatures than ever before! Walk just inches above magnificent sand tiger, sandbar and nurse sharks along with other animals in this unique V-shaped rope suspension bridge - the longest bridge of its kind in the world.

Location: Zone D

Touch A Shark

You and your family and friends will be thrilled to actually TOUCH and FEEL some of the most exotic sharks in the world in the TOUCH A SHARK exhibit.

Location: Zone A

Shark Realm

Over 20 sharks and 200 animals live in our 550,000-gallon shark realm. So you can find yourself completely surrounded by some of the fiercest creatures in the ocean. Like sandbar sharks, sand tiger sharks and more.

Location: Zone D

Ocean Realm

In Adventure Aquarium's Ocean Realm Exhibit, guests come face-to-face with 760,000 gallons of seawater and over 400 animals, including southern stingrays, silky sharks, zebra shark, hammerhead shark and more!

Location: Zone A

Shark Realm Talk

Meet a shark expert and learn about the residents of shark realm.

Showtimes daily

Location: Shark Realm

3D Theater now included with General Admission

The excitement continues in Adventure Aquarium’s 3D Theater, presented by PSE&G. The 3D theater is a one-of-a-kind movie 3D projection experience, providing an immersive, trilling experience that’s fun for the whole family!

Now included with General Admission

Location: Zone C

Bamboo Shark

Get up close with white spotted bamboo and brown banded bamboo sharks in our Touch A Shark Exhibit, presented by Humana.

Location: Touch A Shark

Blacktip Shark

The blacktip shark gets its name from its distinctive black markings on the tips of its fins. Although it is found worldwide, it is one of the most common sharks found inshore off the coast of Florida.

Location: Shark Realm

Bonnethead Shark

The bonnethead shark is one of the most abundant sharks in south Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. It can typically be found in shallow bays and mangrove communities.

Location: Ocean Realm

Great Hammerhead Shark

Adventure Aquarium has the distinction of being the only aquarium in the United States with a great hammerhead shark on exhibit. Although there are nine different species of hammerhead shark in the world, the great hammerhead is the biggest.

Location: Ocean Realm

Mexican Horn Shark

The Mexican horn shark is a species of bullhead shark that can typically be found along the eastern Pacific coast from Mexico to Colombia.

Location: Touch A Shark

Nurse Shark

The nurse shark is a common inshore bottom-dwelling shark, found in tropical and subtropical waters, and its typical habitats are reefs, channels between mangrove islands and sand flats.

Location: Shark Realm

Sandbar Shark

The sandbar shark, also known as the brown shark, is one of the biggest coastal sharks in the world. It is the most common shark species swimming along the mid-Atlantic coast. Its most distinguishing characteristic is a taller than average first dorsal fin.

Location: Shark Realm

Sand Tiger Shark

The sand tiger shark is a large, slow-moving shark notable for its jagged teeth and menacing appearance. This shark looks fierce as it slowly swims with its mouth open and needle-like teeth exposed.

Location: Shark Realm

Silky Shark

The silky shark is named for the smooth texture of its skin, which is made up of densely packed scales called dermal denticles. It is one of the most abundant sharks and can be found in tropical waters around the world.

Location: Ocean Realm

Zebra Shark

The zebra shark is a large, bottom-oriented shark living in Pacific coral reefs. Like most other large bottom sharks, the zebra shark will rest during the day and hunt at night.

Location: Ocean Realm