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Where to Get Up Close and Personal With Sharks in NJ

Hop on the wave and enjoy these Shark Week activities!


July 22rd kicks off the start of another anticipated Shark Week and there are some amazing places you can tackle your fear of the “Ruler of the Seas.” From touch tank experiences at aquariums to decorating shark cookies, prepare for a wild time with the kids!

Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Dr., Camden. 856-365-3300 . Adults $25, children $18.

The aquarium’s touch-a-shark exhibit allows for hands on interaction with some friendly sharks such as the White-Spotted Bamboo Shark. Brave kids can enjoy the Shark Realm exhibit, where they’ll be face-to-face with a shark. The highlight of this area is a 10-foot-long enclosed glass tunnel that goes through a giant tank that is home to more than  20 sharks.

This year, the aquarium’s planning to reward its millionth visitor with a chance to walk along the Shark Bridge. This exhibit, unveiled in April, is the longest V-shaped rope suspension bridge in the world, according to Adventure Aquarium. This rope will be suspended 21-feet above the Shark Realm exhibit. Grab your best shark-themed apparel and brave the waters.

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Aquarium

Point Pleasant Beach. 732-892-0600. $11 for adults, $7 for kids.

Every day offers jaw-dropping Shark Week fun. Head down to the beach to enjoy boardwalk games and events. At the aquarium, you can enjoy scavenger hunts, games and face painting. Don’t forget to stop by the boardwalk sweet shop for discounted shark gummies.

Turtle Back Zoo Touch Tank

560 Northfield Ave., West Orange. 973-731-5800 . $11 for adults, $8 for kids.

If you want to skip the drive down to South Jersey, stop by the Turtle Back Zoo and check out its interactive shark and stingray exhibit. Once kids wash their hands, they're welcome to pet the creatures as they swim! For an additional two dollars, you can even feed the stingrays.

Splurge Bakery

150 Main Street, Millburn. 973-379-074

If you’re afraid of the creatures and want to avoid them altogether, you and your crew can opt for dealing with them in the form of tasty treats instead. From July 23-25, the kids can make shark-themed pastries from cake pops to cupcakes (grown-ups can tackle a 3-D shark cake!) Now that’s something you’ll want to take a bite out of! Want to stay far away from the fierce creatures? Log onto ocearch.org to see a full world map with tagged sharks’ most recent movements around the globe.

Click here to learn more about the origins of shark week and its NJ roots.


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