Adventure Aquarium Introduces NEW Fall Festival Featuring Giant Glowing Pumpkins

September 12, 2023

The Fintastic Fall Days Festival will run from September 21 – November 5 

Tickets are available for purchase at 

Kids ages 2-5 are eligible for a FREE Pre-K Membership, NOW - October 29


CAMDEN, N.J. (September 12, 2023) – This fall, guests visiting Adventure Aquarium can explore the glow deep below as they dive into an underwater realm filled with gorgeous glowing gourds of all shapes, sizes, and species during the Aquarium’s brand-new Fintastic Fall Days, running September 21 - November 5.

During this fall festival, guests will get the chance to see countless gourd-geous aquatically-themed displays showcased throughout the Aquarium, both floating on the surface and sunken deep below among sharks, rays, and other aquatic animals.

In addition to the fall-themed sights, guests can also check out the Aquarium’s seasonal sensory tables featuring pumpkin slime and other hands-on sensory experiences – all included with admission. For an extra special experience, guests can pay $5 to paint and take home their own pumpkin masterpiece.

Visitors looking to learn more can dive deeper into their aquatic knowledge by checking out the Aquarium’s “What Goes Bump in the Midnight Zone” show, which demystifies the animals living in the dark depths of the ocean’s Midnight Zone.

The Aquarium will also be serving up some cozy culinary offerings, including:

Savory Snacks

  • Turkey Burger – topped with blue cheese, apple butter aioli, and baby kale
  • Nashville Hot Honey Fried Chicken Sandwich – topped with broccoli slaw and dill pickle aioli
  • Sweet Potato Tots – topped with BBQ maple aioli
  • Smoke Maple Sausage Pizza – alfredo sauce base, topped with mozzarella cheese and baby kale
  • Impossible Bowl – a blend of broccoli, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, kale, quinoa, radicchio, and carrots. Served with pepitas and an impossible burger patty with a choice of dressing. (Vegan)

Sweet Treats

  • Pumpkin Fish Cone | pumpkin-flavored waffle cone served with vanilla or chocolate soft serve

Flying Fish Beer Garden

  • Sausage and Peppers Sandwich – served with chips
  • Flying Fish OktoberFish – German-style lager
  • Brooklyn Brewery Post Road Pumpkin Ale – a crisp pumpkin ale with a touch of spices

Families looking to enjoy Fintastic Fall and more should consider signing their children up for a Pre-K Kid’s Adventure Pass, which gives kids ages 2-5 FREE, unlimited access to the Aquarium for an entire year, and it takes just two easy steps:

  1. REGISTER! Parents and guardians must first register their child for a Pre-K Pass online here.
  1. ACTIVATE! Visit Adventure Aquarium in person by October 29 to show proof of age** and activate your child’s pre-registered Passes at the Box Office. **Original or copy of a birth certificate, passport, adoption/foster paperwork, or green card with birth date are all considered valid proof of age.

Parents should also consider becoming a Member so they can enjoy year-round access to Adventure Aquarium with their pre-k kiddos.


In addition to their usual Fintastic Fall operating hours, on Saturday, September 23, from 6-8 p.m., Adventure Aquarium will host a special F.I.S.H. Night (Family Inclusive Sensory Hours) geared toward guests with autism and other sensory sensitivities. During F.I.S.H. Night, the Aquarium will limit its capacity, turn down the sound, and soften the lights to provide a sensory-friendly experience for guests who may experience sensory overload during a typical trip to Adventure Aquarium. You can learn more about or purchase tickets to F.I.S.H. Night here.


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Adventure Aquarium is home to more than 15,000 aquatic animals exhibited throughout two million gallons of water and offers unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences like up-close animal encounters, the largest collection of sharks in the Northeast, and the longest shark bridge in the world. Some of the Aquarium’s most unique residents include Anchor, the great hammerhead shark, a colony of endangered African penguins, and our Nile beauties Button and Genny – the only hippos in the world to be exhibited at an aquarium. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for more than 30 years, Adventure Aquarium is held to the highest standards in animal care and exhibition. For more information or to plan your visit, go to


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