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Reception
$1,500 starting price
Ceremony
$1,000 starting price
Bar
$30 starting price
Reception
$1,500 starting price
Ceremony
$1,000 starting price
Bar
$30 starting price

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On WeddingWire since 2011

Adventure Aquarium is an enthralling wedding venue on the Delaware Waterfront with panoramic views of Philadelphia and the Ben Franklin Bridge. Our guests enjoy views of sea turtles, sharks, and stingrays and provide opportunities to interact with aquatic animals, including our African Penguins. Our venue is pleased to offer services beyond expectations, from outstanding food and beverage service to one-of-a-kind animal experiences. We are dedicated to making your special day a unique and memorable experience.

Facilities and Capacity

Adventure Aquarium can host celebrations in two event spaces. The Currents Ballroom has a spectacular view of Philadelphia that is complemented by floor-to-ceiling windows to our 550,000-gallon Shark Realm Exhibit. This exhibit is home to over 20 sharks, rays, and 1,000 fish. The Currents Foyer provides a terrific location for cocktails with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Philadelphia Skyline and the Delaware River. Its design was crafted to reflect the aquarium's theme, full of features that emulate the elements. Currents Ballroom can accommodate wedding ceremonies and receptions for 250 guests. The South Seas Exhibit Space hosts a variety of exhibits, including little blue penguins, colorful fish, stingrays, sea turtles, sharks, and other sea creatures. Our Ocean Realm Theater provides a spectacular backdrop for wedding ceremonies. Guests can enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as they mingle through various exhibit spaces, including Sea Turtle Cove, Piranha Falls, Pirates Cove, and our 750,000-gallon Ocean Realm Exhibit. Our guests can dance the night away under a mobile of 1,000 fish in the South Seas Rotunda. On the South Seas balcony, you may also step outside to enjoy a panoramic view of the Delaware River and the Philadelphia Skyline. The South Seas Exhibit Space can accommodate wedding ceremonies and receptions for 150 guests.

Services Offered

We offer our clients packages to assist them in creating a magical and memorable event. Celebrations at Adventure Aquarium may include a five-hour package inclusive of an open bar, a cocktail hour, dinner service, a champagne toast, house linens, complimentary parking, and event staff. Dinners are served as either three-course plated meals or as buffets. Dietary restrictions are accounted for, and vegetarian options are available to guests. Setup and teardown services are provided and coordinated by the aquarium's Catering Sales Manager. This is included in the presented five-hour package. Outside vendors are welcome pending approval by Adventure Aquarium.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$1,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$30

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

75

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Museum
Waterfront
Zoo

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Outside Vendors
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Dance Floor
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
July
August
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4.7 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
72 Reviews
  • Quality of service
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.6 out of 5 rating
95% Recommended by couples

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72 Reviews
Maria
Maria P. Married on 07/28/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A Venue to WOW Your Guests!

I cannot share enough great things about having my wedding at Adventure Aquarium. It was an all-around great experience from planning all the way through to the actual event.

The event coordinator, Terry, is very communicative and accommodating. She was detail oriented and never made me feel like my questions or requests were a burden.

The venue itself is FABULOUS. Being able to add things like touch-a-stingray or meeting a penguin to the cocktail hour truly made this wedding one of a kind for the guests. Not only that, but the Currents Ballroom event room is incredibly gorgeous. Your guests will likely not know what to expect when they find out your wedding is at an aquarium. They will expect fish and fun but when they walk into that ballroom they will be stunned with how gorgeous and elegant it is.

The AAQ has their own in-house food provider with Aramark. Oh my word - the food was delicious. Our tasting was such a great time and I was blown away by how yummy everything was - even things I normally wouldn't eat. We wound up paying extra for a fourth option because everything was just so good. They have a signature cocktail called the Shark Bite which is also just perfect for any wedding. A wedding cake, provided by Sunflour Bakery, is also included in their package and the cake at Sunflour is super delicious as well.

The staff on the night of was fabulous! Our bridal assistant, Darlene, was a super woman! She kept an eye on my husband and I all night and helped with everything from keeping an eye on my elderly father, to making sure we had food from cocktail hour, to even providing us with Adventure Aquarium tumblers when my husband said he wanted a cold soda in the biggest cup they had! The servers and bartenders were personable and attentive.

I always wanted to get married at the Aquarium and I am happy to say that the night was a dream - exactly the way I envisioned it. It was worth every penny spent and aside from having the night of your life, you will be giving your guests an experience they too will never forget!
Heather
Heather D. Married on 05/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fun and unique venue

I can not rave about them enough! The venue was so much fun and beautiful! The staff was so helpful, everyone was professional and knew exactly what they were doing. From planning, to taste testing, to the actual day of, I was never stressed. I knew I was in good hands. It truly was the perfect day!
K
Kate A. Married on 04/14/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Magical Wedding

We had our ceremony and reception at the aquarium on 4/14/2023 and had the best evening! It's amazing how the aquarium transforms perfectly to host a wedding. Their was a great variety of food to chose from and it was all good. Terry was easy to work with and very responsive. She gave opinions when requested or needed, but really worked with us to make sure the day was our vision and was never pushy. Our only critique is that it would be easier if there was communication between catering and the main aquarium staff, as we had some difficulty when we went to pick up decorations after the wedding. But overall, our wedding was unique and totally us, we couldn't be happier!
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
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Professional Network & Endorsements

5 Endorsements
Unique Invitations by Deborah Unique Invitations by Deborah Wedding Invitations

Adventure Aquarium is such an awesome place for your event. I went to several events and it can be casual or extremely elegant and seeing the fish and sharks and other fun things there was an added plus. You can't get that type of entertainment anywhere else. I was extremely impressed. Deborah Carasso Unique Invitations by Deborah

Philadelphia String Quartet Philadelphia String Quartet Wedding Musicians

Very polite and very easy to work with. Beautiful location and well organized. Would recommend to all! It was a pleasure to work with you!

Kenny i Entertainment Kenny i Entertainment Wedding DJs

We had the pleasure of providing the entertainment at Adventure Aquarium for a wedding this month and the staff, service, and food were excellent! Great attention to detail for the flow of the event and great communication before the event to organize details. We highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a unique space with great service!

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Adventure Aquarium frequently asked questions

Adventure Aquarium includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
Adventure Aquarium includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake
The bar service starting price at Adventure Aquarium includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink
  • Specialty Beer
The space offered by Adventure Aquarium for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Museum
  • Waterfront
  • Zoo
Adventure Aquarium offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Adventure Aquarium offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Adventure Aquarium offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi
Adventure Aquarium offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables
Adventure Aquarium is recommended by 95% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time, 4.7 in professionalism, 4.7 in value and 4.6 in flexibility.
Adventure Aquarium currently offers 1 offer promotion for wedding services.

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