November 20, 2017

Shark Week: 5 Aquariums to Get Up Close with Sharks (But Not Too Close)

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Yes, it’s Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Through Sunday (August 7), various aquariums across the country are celebrating with special shark-themed sessions, activities and shows. Take a look at five of the aquariums nationwide giving families the opportunity to learn more about sharks during Shark Week.

  • Adventure Aquarium (Camden, NJ): Take a tour of the Shark Realm, a 40-foot shark tunnel, to see over 20 sharks and 850 animals in this 550,000 gallon shark tank. Check the daily schedule when you arrive for the “Secrets of the Shark Realm” show to hear an expert reveal its secrets. If you’re a little more adventurous, try the Swim with the Sharks underwater program. As a bonus, wear a shark fin on your head to save $2 on the admission price (through Sunday).
  • Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta): Enjoy multiple shark-themed activities, like arts and crafts and interactive underwater dive shows. Take in live chats during Shark Week at 12:30 p.m. through Friday (August 5) with underwater question and answer sessions. Or, stop by at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for whale shark feedings. Can’t make it to Atlanta? Check out the live streaming Shark Cam.
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium (Newport, OR): Take your kids to the Sleep with the Sharks program and your kids will fall asleep while counting fish overhead. Through Saturday (August 6), you’ll also get a chance to learn about sharks of the Oregon Coast, feel real shark skin and watch divers as they swim with sharks. Plus, look out for a shark video and a shark craft for kids.
  • Sea Life Aquarium (Carlsbad, CA): Enjoy a 20-minute Shark Talk twice daily. Or, observe sharks and rays while taking field notes with a shark expert in the Shark and Ray Adventure daily at 1 p.m.
  • South Carolina Aquarium (Charleston): You and your kids will have fun with loads of themed activities, like a “sharkeology” dig to find shark fossils, interactive shark-themed dive shows and shark stations around the aquarium for hands-on shark learning.

If your kids are into sharks, then go online or call your local aquarium to find out about any special activities they may be doing for Shark Week. If you go, let me know how much fun you had learning about sharks this week.

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