Visitors to the National Aquarium can now recreate a day at the shore by visiting their fascinating exhibit, “Living Seashore.” The interactive, 2,700-square-foot exhibit takes guests beyond the boardwalk to the crashing waves, sandy beaches and shifting dunes of the ever-changing Mid-Atlantic seashore. Explore a replicated sandy shore, engage one-on-one with coastal creatures, learn from aquarium experts and much more.
Come to the edge of the two large salt water touchpools and gently graze a hand over the wing of an Atlantic stingray, or feel the bell of a pulsing moon jelly. Along with the interacting hands-on with these animals, you'll see many other unique aquatic species throughout the exhibit, including horseshoe crabs, sea stars, spotfin butterflyfish and more; in all, “Living Seashore” is home to more than 150 animals.
One of the many interactive exploratory experiences is the “slice of the beach” discovery wall, where guests can feel sand dollars, egg cases, shell fragments, shorebird tracks and more while discovering and learning about some of the shoreline’s hidden treasures. A digital multi-touch table allows visitors to look for clues, discover objects that wash up on the beach and find out what animals live along the shoreline.
If you’re feeling inspired, you can pledge to protect coastal habitats and aquatic animals at “Living Seashore’s” digital Shore Hero Conservation Station. The exhibit’s goal is not only to teach visitors about the importance of responsible beach-going, but also to inspire protection of some of our region’s most familiar and revered seashore creatures.
The exhibit is located on level three of “Blue Wonders: Reefs to Rainforests” in the aquarium’s Pier 3 Pavilion. Plan your visit to the National Aquarium to see this fascinating, hands-on exhibit. Click here to purchase tickets.