Made A New Year’s Resolution? Fulfill It With Us.

We’re 2 weeks into 2018 – time flies!  A new year brings new beginnings with a full calendar and so much time to fulfill all of the resolutions and goals you set for yourself.  We know making resolutions to be a better YOU this year can be a bit overwhelming.

Where do you start?  Well, we’re here to help!

Get Healthy.

A super popular resolution for many is the goal to be healthier in the new year. That could mean getting fit, losing weight, eating healthier or working toward a fitness goal – like running your first marathon.  We’re here to help you stay on track with AAQ Yoga Days!

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Our first Yoga Day of 2018 is scheduled for this Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 10AM.  Keep up with your fitness goals in a truly unique setting as you go through each pose in front of our Shark Realm exhibit during an hour and fifteen minute long yoga class taught by one of our very own animal biologists. The class is open to all skill levels and participants must be at least 18 years old.

Spend More Quality Time with Family.

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We live in a fast-paced world filled to the brim with busy schedules, tons of activities and, of course, social media.  When we’re rushing to get it all done we tend to put things off, like spending quality time with the people who mean the most to us: our family.

Discover Membership with us and you’ll have an entire year of family time at your fingertips. Imagine all the fun you and your family will have learning something new about your favorite animal, crossing Shark Bridge, checking out new exhibits and seeing a free 3D movie – and that’s just during one visit!

Now, for a limited time, we’re offering the best price of the year for Membership – making it even easier to fulfill this New Year’s goal.

Travel More.

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Travelling to far off, exotic locations = 2018 goals. But what if you could journey from continent to continent, no passport required?

Virtually travel all over the world when you visit the animals at Adventure Aquarium!  See species like little blue penguins from Australia, Nile hippos from Africa and red-bellied piranha from the Amazon River.  Head to the Pacific Northwest to discover the treasures found in the native cool waters there, like gorgeous sea stars and anemones (that you can touch!) in our Creature Feature touch pool in KidZone.  You can do it all in just one day – without any layovers or lost luggage!

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Make a Difference.

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When you help support a great cause, it definitely brightens your spirits.  It’s also a goal that impacts more than just the person who sets it.

If you made a resolution to support charitable efforts in 2018, you can attend our conservation awareness weekends to fulfill it. You and your family can learn more about the animals here at AAQ as well as their wild, endangered counterparts, including Nile hippos, sharks, African penguins and sea turtles. During these special weekends held throughout the year, you can also purchase unique items, like hippo kiss paintings, limited edition t-shirts and mugs.  These are not only excellent souvenirs but 100% of the proceeds from sales are donated to help animals in the wild.

Our first conservation weekend event will be Hippo Awareness Weekend, held during Presidents’ Day holiday weekend (February 17-19).  Genny and Button will host the party all weekend-long as guests see them during feeds and special enrichment sessions.  (Enrichment is an activity that the animals enjoy doing which helps stimulate their minds and bodies – kind of like an interactive puzzle!).

Donations made during the weekend will benefit the Turgwe Hippo Trust in Zimbabwe, Africa.  Since the weekend began, Adventure Aquarium guests have helped raise thousands of dollars to help the Turgwe hippos thrive in the wild.

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Be sure to stop by for the fun that weekend and feel good about helping support a great cause.

Whatever your 2018 goals or resolution, remember to stick with it!

Presenting our Hardshell Baby New Year!

Say hello to our 2018 rehab and release loggerhead hatchling

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OMG, we can’t even.

Our newest addition to the Adventure Aquarium family is officially on exhibit and, like proud parents watching their baby’s first steps, we are simply gushing over how well he’s* doing so far and crushing some major milestones.

*Side Note: You’ll notice that we’re referring to the loggerhead hatchling as a “he” in this post.  The thing is, we don’t actually know the gender of this wee baby sea turtle. You can’t tell the gender of a sea turtle until they reach sexual maturity, which happens when the turtle is about 20-years-old.  Because this little guy will be released as a yearling, we’ll never actually know its gender. And we really don’t want to call him/her an “it” for the time being SO we’ll just say “he”…OK? OK. *

Some Back Story

We participate annually in the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores’ Sea Turtle Program with this new hatchling being the fifth cared for by AAQ biologists.  The hatchling will receive guidance and training from biologists over the course of the year.  Activities mimicking what it would naturally do in the ocean will serve as a “sea turtle survival school” and help prepare for its life in the wild. The oceanic turtle will eventually be released this coming fall into the Gulf Stream off the coast of North Carolina, along with other yearlings from aquariums all over the country.

A Growing Baby Sea Turtle

The young turtle, which hatched last August, will call Adventure Aquarium home for much of the year.

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After caring for him for about three months, our biologists have observed that this hatchling is very similar to our 2017 hatchling, Darwin.  He arrived weighing just 81 grams and was the size of the palm of your hand. In just a short time, he’s grown to over 249 grams or around the size of a tea cup saucer.  At that growth rate, he’s on track to be our biggest hatchling yet!

Not surprising due to his growth rate, this baby sea turtle has a voracious appetite and never misses a meal (no hangry turtle here).  He is also very active and curious – already enjoying ice block enrichment, one of his “survival school” lessons.  Now on exhibit, the turtle will be able to test his swimming skills as well as receive additional enrichment lessons all while guests have the opportunity to watch him grow.

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Name Me Maybe?

During the month of January, we are asking you to help select the name of the young turtle at a voting station located in the Main Lobby.

Without further ado, here are the name options *drum roll*…

  • D’Artagnan: Dart for short – of Stranger Things 2 fame
  • Davey: Cute name, right?
  • Tyrion: After the fan-favorite Game of Thrones character
  • Maverick: As a homage to Top Gun

Using spare change, you can vote for your favorite name choice.  All donations collected from the name voting will benefit sea turtles in the wild and the Sea Turtle Conservancy. Stay tuned as the winning name will be announced this coming February!

So, please stop by Sea Turtle Cove during your next visit to give a warm welcome to our lil’ hatchling…and then help name him!

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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?

Extended hours

 

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!

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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!

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Keep Winter Break Boredom at Bay!

Top 5 Reasons to Visit AAQ this Week

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone! We hope you are enjoying the most wonderful time of the year with family and friends.

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But once the presents are unwrapped, the Christmas feast is eaten and your extended family heads back home, the kids are still off from school for an entire week! WOO HOO, it’s Winter Break, y’all!!

But…are your kids already experiencing symptoms of the dreaded WINTER BREAK BOREDOM?? *sigh*

Who wants to be a super mom or dad this year?

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Look no further!  Here are the top 5 reasons you should take the kiddos to AAQ this Winter Break…

#1. Scuba Santa is here until Saturday! 

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His big night is obviously December 25th, but did you know Scuba Santa doesn’t head right back to the North Pole? He sticks around Adventure Aquarium for a little longer!  He officially depart on the morning of New Year’s Eve (to ring in the New Year with Mrs. Claus, of course) so catch him now through the 30th in Ocean Realm!

#2. Weather report looking a little “chin-chilly?” No worries!

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Freezing temps outside may be in the 7-day outlook (hello high’s of 31 degrees!) this week but you can still get out of the house! A visit to AAQ keeps you inside where it’s cozy with lots of unique and interesting animals to see – including some d’awwww-worthy up-close animals like the chinchillas pictured above!

#3. Speaking of weather…no snow outside giving you the winter blues? It snows inside here!

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I know I always wish for a picturesque white Christmas…but not this year!  If you’re a fan of snow get ready because, no matter what the forecast says, we guarantee snow flurries all.day.long in the Rotunda during the Snow Shower Dance Party. And the best part? No shoveling required! So put on your dancing shoes and check your show guide when you arrive for when you can rock out to festive tunes with an elf!

#4. The World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree

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It’s super tall and colorful and…YES, it’s still here for the holidays! We won’t take the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree down just yet which gives you more time to see it. Pose for photos with your family and then watch as curious sharks and fish swim around this truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Tree.

#5. Say hello to 8,500 Aquatic Animals

This could be considered 8,500 reasons, huh? Well, let’s just say that no matter what time of year, our animals are always ready for visitors.   You’ll see adorable hippos, playful penguins, majestic sea turtles, touch pool sea stars and many others.  Take your kids to see their favorite animals or discover a brand new species to fall in love with!

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Oh, there’s no place like Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Underwater for the holidays…and you still have so much time to see it with your family and friends!  Until next time, have a safe and happy holiday season! XOXO

Rockin’ Around the Underwater Christmas Tree…

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We are bursting with holiday cheer here at Adventure Aquarium! Not only did Scuba Santa return to dive each and every day in Ocean Realm to the delight of our animals and guests, but he brought a brand new, one-of-a-kind treat this year…

The World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree, with wrapped presents resting on the floor of Shark Realm, can be seen from both the Shark Den window and Shark Tunnel.

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At 18 feet tall and 2,000 pounds, this truly unique tree is illuminated with 1, 540 individual LED lights.  (Don’t worry – the lights are OK for underwater use and were tested to make sure they would not only sparkle for guests but would be safe to use in our exhibit).

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Looking at our tree, you’ll also notice an assortment of brightly colored corals – around 400 – which are our ornaments! When creating the tree, Scuba Santa wanted to make sure we used corals from all over the world’s oceans to make fish and families alike marvel.

And did you notice the star at the top? It’s a sea star, of course! What better way to top an underwater Christmas tree than with an aquatic animal shaped like a star. Perfect, right?

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Scuba Santa made a special dive into Shark Realm to help put the tree topper on and deliver presents for the good sharks and stingrays.

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Scuba Santa carefully placed gifts for the sharks and stingrays before helping his elves place the tree topper onto the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree.

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Scuba Santa and his elves carefully placed the tree topper on to complete the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree.

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Jolly Scuba Santa was so happy when the tree was finished…it makes so many of our animals and guests feel the holiday spirit!

When you visit AAQ this year during #ChristmasUnderwater, make sure you stop by Shark Den to view the tree and check your Show Guide to watch one of our merry elves light the tree!

There’s tons more happening during Christmas Underwater too, including Snow Shower Dance Parties in the Rotunda, Scuba Santa appearances in Ocean Realm, “dry-side” Santa Claus photos in Blue Mile and more!

Wishing you and your family a happy and safe holiday season! Hope to sea you soon.

 

How sweet it is…Happy #NationalCookieDay!

What a sweet day! Today might be a Monday *sigh* but it’s also #NationalCookieDay all across this great land (HOORAH!).

But we ask – why can’t every day be National Cookie Day? Like, oh I don’t know…this Saturday for instance??

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We are hosting a special event called Milk & Cookies with Santa this Saturday, December 9th from 8-10 AM.  You guessed it – we’ll have plenty of COOKIES for the occasion!

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In addition to your sugary sweets and ice cold milk, Santa Claus will take photos with guests (your photo is included with your ticket to the event).  Talk about a great day of aquarium fun AND checking the holiday card photo off your list!

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Spend the morning enjoying all the aquarium has to offer, including Christmas Underwater featuring Scuba Santa appearances in our Ocean Realm Theater…

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…views of the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree…

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…Snow Shower Dance Parties in the Rotunda – with gently falling snow INSIDE…

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…and more!

Psst…we’re also hosting a sweepstakes giveaway for our Saturday event.  There’s still time to enter – so head over to our Facebook page for more info!

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Hope to see you here this Saturday for Milk & Cookies AND SANTA! You don’t want to miss the opportunity to extend National Cookie Day into a week-long event, do you?!

We are Thankful for YOU!

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As we gather around the dinner table this Thanksgiving Day with friends and family, we want you to know that we are so thankful for YOU – our Adventure Aquarium guests.  We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Also, we wanted to share what some of our AAQ animals are thankful for this year and ask what are you thankful for?

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OCEARCH is our conservation partner for Shark Awareness Weekend!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!!!!

XOXO,

The Adventure Aquarium Family