Jenkinson's Aquarium Point Pleasant Beach
Where are we going today?
We LOVE the ocean, and we love it even more when we find a place that lets us explore the ocean without having to actually get IN the ocean!
Jenkinson's Aquarium is located within Jenkinson's Boardwalk in New Jersey, and is filled with great exhibits that let kids not only see the creatures up close, but also learn about their habitats and conversation, and bring an awareness to them of the animal and the environment.
Each of the exhibits at the aquarium showcase something new and fascinating. Kids might come face to face with those Atlantic sharks, or learn the difference between them and the Pacific sharks. They can see bright coral reefs, and all of the creatures that live within them, and they can even say hello to animals such as penguins and seals who live across the globe!
What's also great about Jenkinson's Aquarium, is they have experiences for kids that give them a truly hands-on adventure - like the touch tank! Here, they can actually touch a range of creatures, from the sting ray to that spiky sea star!
In addition to those great exhibits, the aquarium also offers workshops for kids of all ages, so they can really learn in more detail about the wonders of the ocean!
Don't miss the feeding schedule on the day you are there too! You can see some of the creatures actually being fed, including the seals, sharks and penguins.
So let's all explore the ocean with Jenkinson's Aquarium - it's so much fun under the ocean!
How much does it cost?
- Children$7 (Ages 3-12)
- Free Under: 2 years
When can we go?
Off season hours: 9:30am - 5pm weekdays / 10am - 5pm weekends.
All year round, daily.
They have GREAT educational programs! There are animals encounters, Keeper for the day, and great tours for students .
You're located on the boardwalk, and there are so many places to fill those tummies!.
Any Top Tips?
Check the feeding schedule as soon as you arrive so you can mark it in your day and you don't miss out!.
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff about the accessibility of the aquarium if you have any questions!.
Why don't you have a birthday party at the aquarium! You get a guided tour, ice cream cake, 30 minutes in the party room, and lots of underwater exploring!.
What people are saying?
by Naomi Capasso
For being a small operation, the Jenkinsons aquarium is brilliantly done. A wonderful day out with a toddler! We happened to go during the "year of the monkey" so arts and crafts were provided and special presentations by their junior keepers. I was surprised at his much was offered for a small building. Family friendly, interactive, no fuss, easy on the budget. We're thinking about seasons passes.
by Caelan Hetrick
Great for little kids and adults, tanks are nice and big. You can see everything. Touch tanks are pretty cool too. Good prices too and lots of other animals besides fish.
by Craig Walenta
great place to bring kids, in particular enjoyed the exhibit where you can handle certain creatures safely
by Craig Pierson
If you haven't been there in a while, it's probably a bit bigger than you remember. You'll probably need about 2 hours to see it all without rushing. I was there on a hot summer day, and it was a nice way to escape the heat and bright sun for a bit. The gift shop has some nice stuff too. More than the other beach shops in the area. The only downside I noticed was that some of the younger aquarium staff seemed to not like their job very much :/
by Xiomara Lara
Small aquarium but still great place to go visit. Touch tanks, sharks, penguins were all a hit with my daughter.