The New Jersey State Aquarium was a disappointment. Yes, there are all the pretty fish one expects to find in an aquarium, but practically no explanations about what types of fish they are or where they're found.
More interesting, at least from an educational point of view, was the butterfly house which is in a separate building on the aquarium grounds. It had a very helpful volunteer who patiently explained the different types of butterflys they had, how to tell males from females, and even how to spot their eggs.
But far more interesting than the aquarium was the Battleship New Jersey, which is docked about a five minute walk away. It's impressively big and powerful. Even though most of it is still closed off (it's only been there for about a year) it's still possible to spend several hours wandering around onboard.
Here are a few amazing facts I learned while on my tour today:
There's also a lot of vintage computer equipment on the ops deck. All in all it was a cool way to spend a few hours on a summer afternoon. And it'll be even better in another year or two as they continue to open up more of the ship. I'm looking forward to going back and touring the engine room.