Jenkinson’s Aquarium is right on the Point Pleasant boardwalk and offers an animal experience in NJ all year round. Whether you’re trying to get away from the sun during your beach day or looking for an indoor activity in winter, the whole family will love this Ocean County staple on the boardwalks in NJ.
Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Point Pleasant
- Address: 300 Ocean Avenue,
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Located right on the boardwalk, this aquarium is a hit with kids of all ages. Walk in off the beach and see various local sea life as well as aquatic animals from all over the world. See sharks swimming and even stay for a feeding, then continue on to check out the seals swimming and playing.
At the end of the aquarium, you can see penguins playing, swimming, and eating. Before you leave head upstairs to visit the touch tanks and catch a different glimpse of the shark and seal habitats.
While it’s not as large as Adventure Aquarium, it’s location, price, ease of access totally makes this a must-see.
Jenkinson’s Aquarium Pricing
- Adults, 13+: $15
- Children, 3-12: $9
- Seniors: $10
- Under 2: Free
Jenkinson’s Aquarium Hours
Open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day Please check out their site for daily closing times!
Hours: 9:30 – 5pm
What you’ll find at the Aquarium
The Aquarium is constantly adding features to benefit visitors and animals alike. Here you’ll find..
- Hundred of aquatic animals from around the world
- Live feeding times
- Unique experiences
- Touch tanks
- Local aquatic life and information
- Gift shop
Animals you’ll find
With hundreds of animals and numerous exhibits, your family will adore everything the Point Pleasant Aquarium has to offer.
- Coral Reef
- Harbor Seals
- Local fish
- Pacific habitat
- Pine Barrens habitat
- Rainforest animals
- Turtle pond
Need to know about the Aquarium
- Good all day. Once you pay, your hand is stamped and you can return all day.
- Catch a feeding time. They feed the seals, penguins, and sharks regularly during scheduled feeding times. Check out their website for the most up to date times for each animal.
- Busy times. The aquarium is popular for field trips during the week and can be busy between 9 and 2.
- Completely indoors. All exhibits are indoors at the aquarium, making this a great option for rainy or cold days.
- You may need to pay for parking. Since it’s only accessible from the boardwalk, you’ll need to park like a “normal” boardwalk visitor, meaning far away (free) street parking or in one of the many paid lots. Most lots are free in the offseason.
- COVID guidelines require social distancing and mask wearing for kids over 2.