Do you enjoy finding activities that will get your heart racing? If so, try stepping across Shark Bridge to put those nerves to the ultimate test. You may talk a tough game now, but we’ll see when you’re walking just inches above a 21-foot deep shark-infested aquarium full of deadly sharks anxious for their next snack. Are you still up for the challenge?
Today, we’re looking at one of the most unique and thrilling aquarium exhibits we’ve ever seen. Let’s dive in (or not) and check it out!
What Is the Shark Bridge?
Shark Bridge is an 81-foot V-shaped rope bridge that suspends over a 550,000-gallon aquarium. This unique attraction opened on April 8, 2016. While it’s the longest bridge of its kind in the world, the first Shark Bridge opened in April 2015 at Newport Aquarium in Newport, Ky.
The bridge is made from roughly four tons of steel, uses approximately 18,900 feet of rope, and is held together by 148 bolts. As you walk across the bridge, your brain will surely convince you that you’re about to fall into the 21-feet deep pool of saltwater.
You’ll gain a new appreciation for the massive creatures as you stare at approximately 30 sand tiger, sandbar, and nurse sharks. In addition, there are over 20 different species of fish swimming with the shark. Keep an eye out for the massive rays that glide their way through the aquarium.
Where Is the Shark Bridge in NJ?
Shark Bridge is inside the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J. The aquarium is home to more than 15,000 aquatic animals and has the most extensive collection of sharks in the entire Northeast. You can get up close and personal with the more than 400 animals that live in the more than 760,000 gallons of seawater throughout the aquarium.
What Is the Dare to Cross Shark Bridge?
The Dare to Cross Shark Bridge is the challenge the museum provides guests to step across the 81-foot V-shaped rope bridge. It’s not a challenge that you can take lightly. The fear of walking inches above the shark-infested waters can play tricks on your mind. However, safety is paramount at the Adventure Aquarium, but your mind can play some funny tricks on you.
How Much Does Shark Bridge Cost?
Shark Bridge is included in general admission to the Adventure Aquarium. Ticket prices range from $26.99 to $44.99 for adults and $18.99 to 34.99 for kids. Seniors (65+) receive a discounted rate of $24.99 to $42.99.
However, if you’re planning to make multiple trips to the aquarium, it’s worth considering purchasing an annual membership for $59.99 for adults and $39.99 for children.
Traveler’s Tip: After exploring the Adventure Aquarium Beat the NJ Heat at Atsion Lake.
What Else Can You Do at the Aquarium?
While Shark Bridge sounds like an exciting adventure, it’s not all that the Adventure Aquarium offers. There are several other attractions that you won’t want to miss.
See the Animals
The Adventure Aquarium is home to over 400 animals. You’ll be able to see just about every type of aquatic animal you could imagine. They have exhibits for invertebrates, penguins, sharks, and turtles. Some of their exhibits are even hands-on, where you can get up close and personal with the animals.
Go to the 3D Theater
Also included with general admission is the aquarium’s Adventure Aquarium’s 3D Theater. It’s a 3D projection that is fun for everyone in the family. You’ll feel like you’re swimming in the deep blue sea with some of the most incredible aquatic life. The aquarium currently features the films Hidden Pacific and Sammy & Ray.
Visit the Exhibits
Depending on how long you have to explore, the aquarium provides some suggested exhibits that you’ll want to experience. They have trip plans for one-hour, two, and four-hour visits. The aquarium states the average visit takes two to three hours.
However, you won’t want to miss the world’s smallest penguins at Little Blue Peach, the massive Ocean Realm, and, if you have kids, the Kidzone. They’re all fantastic attractions you’ll want to ensure you experience during your visit.
Shop for a Souvenir
If you want to take a little something home to remember how much fun you had at Adventure Aquarium, the Gift Shop is one stop you won’t want to miss. You’ll find a variety of goodies to remember your trip. You can even participate in the “Adopt-an-Animal” program or purchase artwork created by some of the aquarium’s penguins.
Is the Shark Bridge Worth It?
Shark Bridge is an exciting experience that any thrill seeker will thoroughly enjoy. The Adventure Aquarium takes safety seriously, and those crossing the bridge are as safe as can be.
However, the thought of falling into the tank can be enough to get your knees knocking. If you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do while exploring New Jersey, the Shark Bridge at the Adventure Aquarium is one stop you won’t want to miss!
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