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Rainy Day? No Problem, Visit Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Pt. Pleasant – Daily Day Trip

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Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach is a unique experience for kids and adults with lots of great things going on just steps away.


Best NJ Day Trips for a Rainy Day: Jenkinson's Aquarium (
Best NJ Day Trips for a Rainy Day: Jenkinson's Aquarium (

Since 1991 thousands of visitors have marveled at the attractions at Jenkinson’s Aquarium.

It’s not by chance that this venue is so popular.  The word is out that, sure, it’s a fun place to visit.  Just as important, the aquarium is educational.

Their mission is dedicated to educating the public on all aspects of marine life and conservation.

When you enter the aquarium, there’s a large room with lots of fresh and saltwater fish, jellyfish and starfish.  The star attractions include the seals, penguins, sharks, and turtles.

Kids will love watching seals, penguins, Atlantic and Pacific sharks during feeding times daily.
Find specific feeding times and additional information here or call 732-899-1659.

For those of you not totally familiar with the “Jenks” experience, there’s loads of fun waiting on the boardwalk outside of the aquarium.  There is a whole boardwalk full of games, rides, restaurants, food stands and one of the best beaches on the east coast.


The aquarium is open year round.  Summer hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  Off-season hours are weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission for adults is $10.00.  For senior citizens and kids 3 to 12 admission is $6.00.  Children 2 and under are admitted free.

There are several private and municipal parking lots near the aquarium.  Most of the private lots offer one price for all day parking.


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