The Jersey Shore is an ideal destination for a memorable family vacation. Each year, millions of people flock to the coast to relax, de-stress, and spend time with loved ones. You can even explore unique attractions like Jenkinson’s Aquarium! This popular Point Pleasant landmark has been around since 1991 and promotes the conservation of animals. Read on to find out what makes the aquarium so special.
In addition to visiting Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, be sure to check out other attractions in the area! Our free Jersey Shore Vacation Guide is full of local recommendations for dining, shopping, and family fun. It’s all you need to make the most of your getaway!
What You’ll Discover at Jenkinson’s Aquarium
1. Animals & Exhibits
Jenkinson’s Aquarium is the perfect place to learn about New Jersey’s marine life. In the Local Fish exhibit, you’ll see fish, sharks, and other creatures that call this region home. (Keep your eyes peeled for Ace the sea turtle!) Next, check out the Pine Barrens exhibit. This display focuses on the ecosystems of Pinelands National Preserve, an area that encompasses over one million acres of farms, forest, and wetlands.
Did you know that Jenkinson’s also offers a close-up look at animals from around the globe? Browse exhibits with Atlantic and Pacific sharks, coral reefs, African penguins, and more! You can even bring the kids to the touch tank and admire everything from sea stars to stingrays.
2. Events & Tours
The Aquarium hosts a wide range of events throughout the year. Whether you visit for World Oceans Day in June or Shark Awareness Day in July, there’s always something to celebrate! Check the online calendar and plan your trip accordingly. Some of our favorite events include:
- Tea by the Sea: Enjoy afternoon tea and snacks with a visit from ambassador animals! This event is held frequently and pre-registration is required.
- Behind the Scenes Tours: Discover what goes on behind the scenes at the aquarium as you tour the building. Pre-registration and sneakers are required.
3. Educational Programs
If you’re traveling with young children, consider taking advantage of the Aquarium’s educational programs. Summer camps, animal encounters, and feeding experiences are sure to leave your family with lasting memories! Reservations can be made by calling (732) 899-1659 and must be booked two weeks in advance.
Admission to Jenkinson’s Aquarium is $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 3-12, and $9 for seniors age 65 and up. It’s open year-round, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Purchase your tickets today!
Stay Just Minutes Away in Ocean Grove
After a wonderful day at the aquarium, take an easy, 25-minute drive back to Ocean Grove! Our historic beach town is much quieter than Point Pleasant and is a great place to unwind with family and friends. Plus, you can stay in some of the best accommodations at the Jersey Shore.
If you’re visiting during the off-season, reserve a room at the Ocean Plaza Hotel. In the summer, choose either the Ocean Plaza Hotel or the Ocean View Inn for your vacation. Both properties offer luxurious amenities and are an excellent alternative to generic beach hotels. You’ll love staying with us in Ocean Grove!
Check our availability and book your room today.
We look forward to hosting you!