Painting with Penguins in Camden NJ - Adventure Aquarium
Once again my career took me on the road. My mission? Find 1 ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity and make the most of my 1 day of visiting. You may remember I did the same thing in San Francisco last fall.
Though I was in Philly for the SITS Girls Women Get Social conference I decided that a small detour to Camden NJ was in order. Why Camden? Wasn’t I getting enough love from Philly? Sure – but Camden has Adventure Aquarium.
As in – come swim with the sharks and paint with penguins Adventure Aquarium. So I did what any sane blogger would do and got myself a media pass which covered my parking and general admission. Nothing was going to keep me away from the sharks and the penguins.
Of course by the time I got everything sorted out the shark tank was full but I managed to get a ticket to go paint with penguins. The cost of an experience can be a little steep compared to general admission but if you love penguins (or sharks, turtles, etc…) it’s worth every last penny you’ll put down.
I’m glad I had time to explore as I really wanted to spend some time in Hypo Haven, the Jules Verne Gallery, and Shark Realm. I would have LOVED to also visit the turtles but there are only so many minutes in one hour. Wide-eyed and elated after going through the shark tunnel I moseyed on over to guest services where a cute cabana boy whisked me away to South Africa.
Actually, that didn’t happen but wouldn’t it be nice? I did, however, meet 2 wonderful handlers who brought us to meet the locals. I’ve always loved penguins. Now I know why. They are cute, they have personality, and they (mostly) love 2-legged creatures.
My artist groomed me, kissed me, and generally played nice with this human thing that was willing to give it all its attention. This particular penguin was new to the arts and must have been sporting some sort of performance anxiety – it was, after all, her first time painting in an experience. She handled it like pro though and you could tell she was having a blast. She may have stolen a piece of my heart back there.
Every time I come home I tell J-F we have to go back as a family cause wherever I just came from is so so cool. But its true! There are hidden gems in every city and it’s my mission to find them for you!