|Address:||3400 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260, USA|
|Working:||10AM–10PM 10AM–10PM 10AM–10PM 10AM–10PM 10AM–10PM 10AM–10PM 10AM–10PM|
Im giving this place 5 stars based on many factors. My friend and I visited this establishment over Memorial Day weekend and were a bit skeptical at first. I felt this mainly because we are both college grads, of which my friend is now a full fledged Biologist. The display of animals is really quite something! I was surprised to see their assortment of sharks, and well as other non-aquatic creatures. After walking through the entire aquarium, I came to one conclusion, especially after talking to a helpful staff member: the owner and caretakers do care about these creatures, they just lack funding because its not a huge and well-known place. Most of the creatures are generally happy, and mostly healthy. I agree that some of the areas for the creatures are way too small to live comfortably in, and My friend and I brought this to the staffs attention. The helpful staff member informed us that they do take the upmost care with the creatures, and hope that under their new management and with more funds, theyd love to expand the living quarters (the alligators, Boas, rounded pool for sharks, etc.). I put five stars here because I came out of here really loving see these creatures, and knowing that my ticket at least helped them closer to their goal.
I do not oppose animals in captivity on all fronts but the seaport aquarium is an abusive side show and an atrocious display of cruelty not to be shared with your children or family. Sad alligators on AstroTurf, no sunshine, and eating kibble in a dime museum aquarium on the Wildwood Boardwalk. Supposedly these were once in someones basement but sometimes the Rescue is not the best rescuer. The proprietor claims alligators do not "require" UV light and therefore these never see the sun. I think full spectrum light and the simple enrichment of feeling the Sun is more the point. Physically stable storage and meeting state inspection requirements by no means constitute humane conditions. There are other animals in highly questionable conditions as well. A moray eel with just enough room to simply exist was especially disheartening, it has been kept like this for 18 years. Coatimundi are also kept in small indoor enclosures with little enrichment. Turtles begging for food. Conditions throughout are bare minimum. The Seaport Aquarium left me feeling a bit dead inside. Wildwood has much to offer but skip this one.
I wish I could rate Seaport Aquarium 0 stars. I was almost in tears by the time we left. The living conditions of these animals was atrocious. When the alligator didnt want to eat the food pellets, the keeper went in and started poking a bigger gator with a broom until he went in the pool (which, btw, was barely big enough for the 1 gator, and now there were 2 in there). Just so that people could feel like they didnt waste $5 on gator pellets. There was also an iguana with a sign that said to keep 2 feet back, because he doesnt like interaction. The poor thing must be aggitated and stressed all day every day. And the sharks that you can pet are also kept in tiny shallow pools, with no stimulation except the people reaching into the water all day. This place should honestly be shut down. If you want to see wildlife, go on a whale watch or something so you can see them in their own habitat. PLEASE dont support places like this, that obviously care more for the money theyre making than they do for the animals.
Thought it wasnt really worth the $9.00 admission. The aquarium is pretty small. You could actually walk through in about 15 minutes. Not too much to see really. Staff was pretty pleasant and friendly. You could touch the starfish and stingrays. The rest of the exhibits are enclosed. Wish it was bigger and more to see. Even though when you pay your admission they stamp your hand so you have access to the aquarium throughout the day, once you been there once not really much of a desire to go back.
Great place to take the kids through. Staff was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. We got there at feeding time and had a wonderfully patient member of the staff allow my daughters to watch while taking the time to answer all of their questions. Highly recommend if you have little ones!
It was really fun even though its small.And it was worth it to feed the aligators,and the turtled. All the pens were nice and the animals looked like they were taken care of well. BTW if you want to know about the iguana or any animal just ask a worker there
This was a very small aquarium that cares more for entertainment than conservation. I found most of the exhibits livable, but I didnt like the alligator exhibit. Everything else was fine.
Very nice however not many exhibits, there are a few more added attractions that they didnt have last year, it seems they add on every year.Otherwise very nice for young children
My kids love it! Its small but very interesting. Sharks are great and eel is impressive! Totally worth to visit for families with children.
Ahmed El Chiwy
Amazing experience, you can pet sharks and stingrays at their little touchpool. They also got some of the cutest monkeys on the planet!
My children loved walking through and seeing everything but I think it is too expensive for a small walk through.
It lets you in for the whole day , you get to pet starfish and manta rays , and plenty of unique animals
This place is horrendous! The animals are not housed properly and are kept in poor living conditions.
Nice small aquarium, nice shark and Ray touch tank. Not really worth 9 bucks to get in though.
This place is great! I got to hold a snake with a friend! Nice staff, great setup, good times
Tons of fun! Get ready to feed all types of animals like turtles, goldfish, and alligators!
Small but worth the price and as long as you have a stamp you can keep going in for that day
A little on the small side, but still great! My small cousin got a kick out of the monkeys
My 4 year loved the place. She was fascinated with the close up views of the animals.
Place is very small and you can literally walk through it in 2 minutes.
It was okay. Small but a reprieve from the sun when needed.
Fun place for kids, no that big but worth 8 bucks
It was ok. Not very big but it was fun.
Small but great for little kids
Worth the time to walk through
Dont do it not worth anything