Day Trip: Adventure Aquarium

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If you’re planning a visit to Philadelphia or simply looking for a fun day out with the kids, head to the Camden, NJ waterfront and check out the Adventure Aquarium.  Three full stories of exhibits await you at this hands-on, well laid-out aquatic wonderland.

Come face to face with sharks, sea turtles, sting rays and more in their enormous salt water tank, visit the African hippos and check out 2 very different species of penguins. There’s even a 4D movie if you enjoy getting sprayed in the face & having air blown at the back of your head… lol.

Check out the daily feeding schedules to hear more about the different animals and be sure to bring the kids to all of the “touch tanks” where they can pet sharks, stingrays, starfish and more.

There’s a reasonably priced food court offering the usual chicken fingers, pizza, pretzels, etc, or you can bring in your own lunch & snacks.  We enjoyed eating outside on the patio overlooking the river & the Philadelphia skyline or head out towards “Penguin Island” for another relaxing spot.

Discount tickets are available at your local AAA office ($22 for adults, $17 for kids) or keep an eye out for a Groupon.  The Aquarium is open daily from 10am to 5pm with parking right across the street for $10/day.  Check out their web site for all the details:  www.adventureaquarium.com

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September Summer :)

For those of us who are lucky enough to live at the Jersey Shore year round, we know that September is one of the best months of the year here.  The weather is still warm enough to enjoy the beach during the day and cool enough to sleep with the windows open at night.  We fall back into our routines without having to deal with crowds, traffic or tourists.

IMG_20150905_160925This time of year you can visit the beach for free,
and without the fear of being impaled by hundreds
of poorly planted umbrellas. There aren’t any crazy tents or people painted white with sunscreen.  No one will be walking across your towel, feeding the seagulls right next to you or setting up shop so close that you can actually hold hands.  When you live here, beach etiquette is an unwritten rule that everyone knows how to follow.

Walking on the boardwalk or strolling around town is also more pleasurable now… you’re not sweating, or dodging in and out of crowds. No one is stopping suddenly, trying to figure out where they’re going or blocking the middle of the sidewalk while they wait for their party to catch up.  There aren’t any crazy lines for ice cream or for dinner.  You can eat anywhere, with little or no waiting, and park wherever you’d like.

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Tourism certainly helps fuel our economy so we really can’t knock this crazy influx of people during the summer months. However, once Labor Day has passed, it’s hard not to celebrate the return of our peaceful little paradise!

Sadly, the forecast looks rainy for the next few days but there will still be plenty of time to get out there and enjoy this magical month at the Jersey Shore!