Our Mighty Adventure to Adventure Aquarium

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 in Family Life | 24 comments

Sporting Mighty Mike tattoos from Adventure Aquarium

Recently, the kids and I were invited to Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ with a group of bloggers for a complimentary early morning visit featuring Mighty Mike. Nope, get your mind out of the gutter, not that Mike… MIGHTY Mike, as in, America’s BIGGEST alligator ambassador. Weighing in at about 800 pounds and measuring almost 14 feet, this guy is a site to behold.
Can you imagine what the person who discovered him thought?!?

Mighty Mike Alligator at Adventure Aquarium

The kids had fun “measuring up” to Mighty Mike.

Kids Measuring Up to Mighty Mike at Adventure Aquarium

And were treated to a  personal photo op with him!

In addition to getting to meet Mike, we were also able to explore the other exhibits offered at the aquarium. There is so much to see at this place and plenty of opportunities for hands-on experiences. We were able to touch sharks, stingrays AND starfish just to name some of the fun.

Touching a Shark at Adventure Aquarium

All this exploring and “doing” leads to my favorite part of the whole place… the spot in front of the giant aquarium where you can just relax and watch the fish swim by.

Adventure Aquarium

I could seriously sit here all day…

That reminds me… another nice thing about Adventure Aquarium is the fact that there is plenty of space to spread out and places to sit.

Critter Courtyard at Adventure Aquarium

There are also some really nice touches like hand washing stations and even a room for nursing mothers.

Adventure Aquarium Nursing Room

To be honest, my family has been to the aquarium in the past but not recently, at least not in the last seven years or so. It’s one of those places I mentally checked off as “done” in my book of things to do. This visit has me convinced that I was so wrong in thinking that way. There is just so much to take in and they seem to be constantly updating and expanding exhibits. It was also really fun to see the kids explore things at a more mature level.

Stingray at Adventure Aquarium

In fact, they were the ones who gave me a mini-lesson on symbiotic relationships when I remarked about this fish we observed swimming right above a stingray. We will definitely not wait seven years to return this time!

If you haven’t been to Adventure Aquarium, I highly recommend you check it out! And even if you have, make sure you don’t wait too long to return. Just to make things a little easier, Adventure Aquarium has a four pack of tickets for one lucky blog reader. Want a chance to win? Here it is…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Oh and just so Dennis didn’t feel totally left out of the adventure we brought home a Mighty Mike tattoo for him and then proceeded to have some fun with it. Yeah, we’re pretty silly…

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for the purposes of this giveaway however thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.


  1. We love the Shark area – Adventure Aquarium is great!

  2. Oh I think we would go for the sharks!

  3. My kids would LOVE the sharks :)

  4. My favorite is to sit and watch the fish swim by.

  5. Such cute pictures! I love the aquarium.

  6. The kids would love to see Mighty Mike the alligator, so cool!

  7. We would definitely see Mighty Mike first! Great pics on your post!

  8. The girls love this aquarium! The would love to meet Mighty Mike too.

  9. Thanks for sharing your fun day with us.

  10. I would visit the penguins because I think they are so cute.

  11. I would love to check out Mighty Mike

  12. This looked like an amazing day!

  13. The Adventure Aquarium is great. Did you know that they are open every day of the year? Christmas Day is a terrific day to go and take advantage of all the aquarium has to offer!

    • I didn’t realize that… thanks for the head’s up!

  14. I would also check out the sharks. SharkNado had peeked my interest. :)

    • Did you actually get to watch SharkNado?!? I missed it but will tune in when they replay :)

  15. We would check out shark realm first!

  16. I’d love to see the sharks again. They are so mysterious and incredible.

  17. I think we’d head straight to see Mighty Mike! My kids love the aquarium, so really, an exhibit will make them squeal with happiness.

  18. We love the Adventure Aquarium. Perfect size! The kiddos would love to check out Mighty Mike.

  19. I love the tattooing! I completely missed the critter yard – hmm, we need to check that out.

  20. We want to pet the stingrays

  21. The Shark Realm is pretty cool! However, I want to meet Mighty Mike.

  22. I love the sharks and rays (especially during feeding time)…Max likes the octopus :)

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