|Address:||800 N New Hampshire Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, USA|
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Probably the single saddest aquarium I have ever been in. The main tank looks to be overfilled, cloudy, and the fish not well taken care of. The kicker was the sea turtle swimming into the corners of the tank constantly while we were there. Every tank with multiple animals in it seemed either too small or had too many creatures. Every animal looked bored and near death with skin conditions as opposed to thriving. There was little to no information about animals outside of their names on the exhibits. Only 1 touch tank was even watched over despite many employees standing around the front. Upstairs featured a lot of missing exhibits and the 3rd floor served as an observatory that was empty. There was no station to wash your hands before touching the rays they allowed you to hand feed which makes me think that my feelings of inadequate care are not too misplaced. I am a big fan of aquariums and I have never entered an aquarium and been burdened by an overwhelming sense of gloom and sadness like I did with the Atlantic City Aquarium. Save the trip this place is cruel.
The Outside Is Not Misleading! When I Saw The Outside I Knew I Should Have Turned Around But We Walked An Hour To Get There So I Waited. We Went In Right When They Opened At 10 AM. It Was 8 Dollars To Get In...RIPOFF! The Lady Said To Start On The 3rd Floor. We Went Up There And It Was Just A Deck So That You Could Get A Better View Of The Water. There Were Also A Few Anitques In Glass Cases. Waste Of A Floor And 5 Mins. Onto The 2nd Floor....There Was A Cool Tank Where You Could Pet Cow Rays And There Were 2 Other Rays, A Turtle And A Few Iguanas..Oh Yeah And A Small Snake..Thats The Entire 2nd Floor..That Was Another 5 To 10 Mins.. Onto The 1st Floor.... There Is A Pretty Big Tank With A Big Turtle, Stingrays And Some Other Fish..Theres A Cool Eel And Some Maybe 5 or 6 Small Tanks With Fish, Turtles & Coral. Thats It...Thats The Entire Place... Believe Me I Love Zoos & Aquariums..Ive Been To Probably 50. This Was The Worst One Ever... Its Not Dirty In There...Theres Just Nothing In There DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS PET STORE!
At first glance, the blg gives an impression that it doesnt hold any adventure. But is wildlife occupants bring a surprising tone to the venue. The aquariums entrance is a house with a porch seating area lined with flowers that freshen the air. Inside is a quant two-level experience. Private parties are held in an upstairs area away from other visitors which is great! This is a get your hands wet aquarium experience. You can touch and feel just about everything that lives in the water. Friendly staff. Theres a cool sundail outside operated by using your body. Just steps away is a boardwalk lined with cute small house used by various vendors. Views of the bay lined with boats is very soothing. Didnt get a chance to visit the resturaunts down the road but the smell of seafood was inviting. Price for visit is $8. Have a visit, it is wonderfully surprising!
When we got there the line of people to get in ran all the way out to the sidewalk. We assumed this place was going to be worth it. We waited in line for 30 minutes and they charged us 27 dollars for two adults and one child. This is a small place with three floors. The elevators were not working and there were annoyed people shoulder to shoulder in this place. They had quite a few open tanks for kids to touch rays and sharks and tanks along the walls. The top floor has some bland activities for kids and a roof top view. I was dissapointed with how small the place was. I had to get outside after awhile because of the pushy crowd. When I finally fought to get out, it poured rain for hours. The shuttle forgot about us so like drenched rats, we found our way to a crazy Jitney and then back to the resort. It wasnt worth the wait.
Very small, the website makes it more than what it is. We were in and out within 20 minutes. They also need to put more information up on whats in each tank. There wasnt a lot of signs or info on what we were looking at. The tanks were kind of dirty and there was no supervision on the touch tanks. There were kids picking up the star fish and squeezing them. There were about 3-4 people working there but they were all at the same place up front behind the counter. Was really kind of concerned about a fish that I saw laying on its side for a really long time at the bottom of the tank. I thought it was dead but its eyes were still moving. The sea turtle needed more space as well. Alot of the tanks were empty too :(
This is a great place but it is a place for KIDS. My daughter loves it. Weve been bringing her there yearly for the past 3 years (shes 4). They should really re-brand the name towards children and they would do great ("Atlantic City Childrens Aquarium"). Small and often not crowed (we go first thing when it opens) with great tanks for touching the sharks and rays. If youre a childless adult with expectations towards the larger aquariums, you may be disappointed. If you bring your kids or grand kids, theyll have a blast. An easy 3 floor circuit, takes about 1-1.5 hours to complete. Perfect.
Im glad the tickets were cheap. A 3 story building with nothing to offer. More iguanas, spiders, frogs and turtles than actual aquatic life. I was so excited to go to an aquarium for the first time and I wish I wouldnt have wasted it on this one. the third story has literally no animals. the second has a small tank with way to many sting rays packed in it and surprise surprise another iguana! Took me 20 mins to get through TWICE! What a joke and I think all the employees felt the same.
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Visited mid-September, 2011. To say that we were disappointed in our experience is an understatement. The Atlantic City Aquarium was more like a bad pet store than it was a professional aquarium. Small displays (many of which were empty), unorganized, dirty. Dont be fooled by their "Tourism Commission"-designed website... this is FAR CRY from other places like the Adventure Aquarium in Camden and the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Visit was a waste of our time, and our money.
Waste of time & money. Three floors of absolutely nothing. Literally the top third floor has nothing but a view of the Borgata. No sinks to wash your hands before touching the rays, which leads me to believe they are not properly cared for at this aquarium. Looks like they went fishing in the ocean right outside and brought in whatever they found and put them into small, cramped tanks.Great place for little kids who just want to see three fish swim around in dirty water.
This was my first trip to Atlantic city. Although it was only 3 floors, I had a great time with my friend. Nice mini aquarium. I was surprised with the amount of touch tanks, there was a good amount of them, with a wide variety of interesting animals too. The entrance fee is worth it considering the fact that the money goes back into taking care of these animals. The staff is very friendly as well which made the experience more pleasant.