Join us for New Years Eve Around the World


Ring in the New Year without waiting until midnight!

This New Year’s Eve, Adventure Aquarium will leave its doors open an extra hour – until 6:00 p.m.! So be sure to come by and celebrate the start of 2018 with your fishy friends at the aquarium, while still having time to get home before bed.

This year we’re excited to bring new programming to our New Year’s Eve Splash event, with New Year’s Eve Around the World!

Every hour, during our regularly scheduled animal feedings, we’ll select a country from all corners of the globe to talk about the special ways and traditions each region has for ringing in the new year. Check out the schedule, below!

  • 10:00 a.m. – AUSTRALIA (Little Blue Feed)
  • 11:00 a.m. – INDONESIA (Meet the Divers)
  • 12:00 p.m. – ZIMBABWE (Hippo Feed with Watermelon Drop)
  • 1:00 p.m. – BRAZIL (Piranha Falls Feed)
  • 2:00 p.m. – EAST COAST (Shark Realm Talk)
  • 3:00 p.m. – SOUTH AFRICA (African Penguin Feed)
  • 4:00 p.m. – PHILIPPINES (Ocean Realm Broadcast Feed)
  • 5:00 p.m. – BAHAMAS (Caribbean Currents Feed)


Throughout the day we’ll also have a DJ set up in the rotunda for an all-day dance party, with a special “Shell-ebration” dance party with Gill at 1:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., where we’ll celebrate the new year with lots of confetti!

We’ll also have a craft table open all day long, where you’ll be able to color your very own aquarium-themed new year’s sign, and take pictures at our photo station.

Busy during the day? Make sure you come visit us right before close for a breathtaking fireworks display over the Delaware River – from the best viewing spot on the Camden Waterfront! Fireworks will begin just before twilight, at approximately at 6:00 p.m.

We can’t wait to ring in the new year with you!

The Ronald McDonald House Visits Scuba Santa!

Children and families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey had a blast visiting Scuba Santa on Monday!

The children—many of whom might not be able to go home for Christmas this year while they seek treatment at local area hospitals for serious illnesses and other health disabilities—arrived before the aquarium opened for an exclusive meet and greet with Scuba Santa, before watching him dive into the aquarium’s 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm.


After the meet and greet, the children and their families had the opportunity to explore Adventure Aquarium’s eight new underwater holiday light exhibits and visit both the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree and the World’s Smallest Underwater Christmas Tree. They also had the opportunity to dance and play in the wonder of the aquarium’s indoor snow flurries!


We were thrilled to be able to offer a unique Christmas Underwater experience for these special families—who’ve spent the year battling the challenges, emotions and disruptions that come with childhood diseases—and are so glad they could join us to celebrate and enjoy the magic of Christmas.

We can’t wait to have more families join us again for Christmas Underwater next year!


Come Celebrate the Magic of Christmas!

How is Christmas celebrated in the underwater world?

Every holiday season, Scuba Santa brings the gift of Christmas joy to all the animals and guests of Adventure Aquarium by decorating its exhibits with colorful shells, thousands of twinkling lights, enchanting bubbles and, of course, a bit of magic – and this year, he’s decorated EIGHT more!


See Santa swim among sharks, sting rays, and schools of fish in the Ocean Realm, home of the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree; partake in our indoor snow shower dance parties; sit with one of Santa’s el-fish helpers as they read a Christmas story; or share your Christmas wishes with him by dropping letters in his special mailbox! You can even enjoy cold milk and warm cookies with Santa during our ‘dry-side’ events (free for members, special ticket required for non-members) on December 8, 9 and 15th!

If you haven’t yet joined us deep beneath the ocean’s surface for a glimpse into the magic of Christmas Underwater, be sure to plan your visit before December 30! Scroll down for a full list activities going on at Adventure Aquarium this month:



Join one of Scuba Santa’s El-fish helpers as we finish getting ready for Christmas Underwater.

Now – December 23
Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM and 2:15 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 AM, 12:15 PM and 2:15 PM

December 24 – December 25
Daily: 12:15 PM



Sit with one of Scuba Santa’s El-fish helpers as they read the story of the world’s tallest underwater Christmas tree.

Now – December 23
Monday – Friday: 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM

December 24 – December 25
Daily: 1:30 PM

December 26 – December 30
Daily: 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM

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Watch Scuba Santa as he swims alongside magnificent sharks, incredible sea turtles and graceful stingrays in the Aquarium’s 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit!

Now – December 23
Daily: 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM

December 24 – December 25
Daily: 2:15 PM

December 26 – December 30
Daily: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM



Enjoy magical indoor snow flurries.

Now – December 23
Monday – Friday, every hour, on the hour between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday, every hour, on the hour between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM

December 24 – December 25
Daily: 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM

December 26 – December 30
Every hour, on the hour between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM

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Pose for photos with Santa and enjoy ice cold milk and warm cookies while they exploring the magic that is Christmas Underwater! This event is the ONLY time guests will have the opportunity to meet Santa on land!

December 8, 9 and 15
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

The event is free for members (RSVP required); non-members can purchase tickets ahead of time at or at the door (Adult $33.99, Child: $26.99).

We can’t wait to see you at the aquarium!

Scuba Santa is Back at Adventure Aquarium!

Christmas is just around the corner, which means the team here at Adventure Aquarium is gearing up for our annual Christmas Underwater extravaganza, kicking off in just 3 days! Scuba Santa and his helpers have been hard at work to bring you and your family the most immersive, magical Christmas experience.


From November 23 until December 30, the aquarium will transform into an underwater winter wonderland featuring larger-than-life decorations, glowing trees and hundreds of twinkling lights throughout 8 of your favorite exhibits. There’s even magical indoor snow expected to fall every hour, on the hour, for you to dance and play in!


Scuba Santa will be making the most underwater appearances in aquarium history this year, so be sure to come visit him in Ocean Realm this season as he swims alongside sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and more spreading holiday cheer – and don’t forget to stop to take an underwater selfie with him!

Don’t forget! See the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree – which stands 18 feet tall! The tree is decorated with over 100 lights, as well as 400 artificial and custom-sculpted corals, thanks to the help of Scuba Santa’s trusty underwater elves.

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Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Scuba Santa during his weekend “dry side” meet-and-greets, where he’ll hand up his scuba gear and take photos with guests. To spend more time with Scuba Santa, members and VIP ticket holders can join us for Milk and Cookies with Santa on Friday, November 30 from 5:00-8:30 p.m. and December 8, 9 and 15 from 8:00-9:30 a.m!


You can also mail a letter to Scuba Santa during your visit by dropping your personalized wishes into a special mailbox in the Ocean Realm. Scuba Santa will even reply with a message just for you – just be sure to include an email address in your letter and place it in the mailbox by Saturday, December 22!

All activities, with the exception of Milk and Cookies with Santa, are included with a general admission ticket.

We can’t wait to share the magic of Christmas Underwater with you – and hope to see you soon!


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Now until November 11th, you can experience the magical world of mermaids at Adventure Aquarium! Watch real-life mermaids as they swim among the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, as well as stingrays and hundreds of fish.

Until November 11, you’ll find mermaids Amira, Kai, Nixie, Lelu and more mermaid friends swimming in our 550,000 Shark Realm, which houses nearly 30 sharks (including blacktip sharks, sandbar sharks, sand tiger sharks and nurse sharks!) as well as 200 other animals.

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When the mermaids aren’t busy swimming with their underwater friends, you can find them on dry land during daily meet and greets at the Blue Mile. Come say hi and take a picture with the mermaid of your choice! The mermaids will also share tips for how you can help protect their home – the ocean – and improve the lives of all the creatures that live there.

That’s not all – this year, we invite you to become a mermaid with our Mermaids VIP Encounter! Join us in the Skyline Room and enjoy a deluxe face painting, including one-of-a-kind gems and glitter with your choice of either an LED hair tinsel or crown! You can also try on a magical mermaid tail and complete your look with an enchanting mermaid wand, and show off your creativity by creating a special mermaid-themed craft during your visit. Not only that – we’ll have cake and mermaid punch or lemonade for all of our guests, which comes in a take-home souvenir cup.


For a full list of events, click here. Our mermaids can’t wait to see you at the aquarium!


Do you believe in mermaids?

With most of our planet covered by water, it’s no wonder that the oceans have been believed to hide mysterious creatures like mermaids. Centuries ago, sailors and residents of coastal towns around the world first told stories of encountering mermaids – in fact, there are a few dozen significant historical claims of mermaid sightings. These legendary sea creatures have long fascinated humans – mermaids have even appeared in cave paintings from the late Stone Age period, some 30,000 years ago!

While modern mermaid reports are very rare, they do occur. For example, as recently as 2009, news reports claimed that a mermaid had been sighted off the coast of Israel, in the town of Kiryat Yam.

Luckily, next week, you won’t have to go far to look for mermaids.


From Saturday, November 3 through Sunday, November 11, Adventure Aquarium guests will have the unique opportunity to be mesmerized by mermaids from the windows of Currents Ballroom, as they dive in our 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit (the largest shark exhibit on the East Coast!) and glide past sharks, stingrays and glittering schools of menhaden.


Visitors will even have the opportunity to meet the mermaids (outside of the water) and pose for photos. Not only that – our mermaids are just as committed as we are to ocean conservation and improving the health of the world’s oceans for the animals that live there, and they can’t wait to share ways that our guests can help protect the oceans, long after their visit.

New this year, you can do more than just meet our mermaids – you can become one! Experience the magical world of Mermaids like never before with our immersive and exclusive Mermaids VIP Encounter, which includes a deluxe face painting, including one-of-a-kind gems and glitter with your choice of an LED hair tinsel or crown. You can also try on a magical mermaid tail and complete your look with an enchanting mermaid wand! For a full list of events, click here.


While stories of them may be ancient, mermaids can still be seen today in many forms outside of the aquarium, whether it be in paintings, films or books — and maybe even in the ocean waves, if we look close enough!


Ring in 2018 with our Kid-friendly Festivities – and Be Home Before Bedtime!

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We won’t make you wait until the stroke of midnight to celebrate the start of 2018 – especially when your kids have bedtimes waaaaaay before then.

Family, friends and fish will come together to welcome the New Year at a kid-friendly hour during our annual New Year’s Eve Splash event.  Not to mention we have some of the best views in town for the 6:00 p.m. fireworks display on the Delaware River Waterfront! 

What’s in store for this evening of fun?

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Visit your favorite animals – and discover some new friends too – during twilight hours as we’ll be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  And don’t forget to cross Shark Bridge too!


What’s a party without music, right? 

Our entertaining DJ dance party will have you movin’ and groovin’ to family-friendly songs.  The tunes start at 2:00 p.m.

Fireworks on the Delaware

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Experience a beautiful New Year’s Eve fireworks display over the Delaware River with Philadelphia as the backdrop.  The show begins at 6:00 p.m. with spots to watch from inside and outside of the Aquarium.

Festive New Year’s Eve giveaways

While supplies last, we’ll have super fun New Year’s party hats, noise makers and more!

Wishing you a safe and Happy New Year!