Thirty years ago, the Discovery Channel began what would become the longest-running television programming event in history. Now broadcast in seventy-two countries, Shark Week has captured the world’s imagination. But why be content to experience it from your living room? Immerse yourself in the world of the ocean’s apex predators at one of the many events occurring this week at aquariums around the South.
Charleston, South Carolina: From expert talks on the life of stingrays to daily dive shows with the aquarium’s three new sand tiger sharks—which throughout the week, visitors can vote to name—learn all about the chondrichthyans that swim along the Carolina coast during Shark Week at the South Carolina Aquarium (July 23–28). scaquarium.org
Dallas, Texas: During Shark Week at Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium (July 22–28), learn myth versus fact at educational talks, play shark-themed video games, and get your hands on real shark teeth and jaws. Plus, the aquarium has teamed up with the American Red Cross—on Friday, donate blood, and your admission to the aquarium is free. visitsealife.com
Galveston, Texas: Get educated at Shark U at Moody Gardens (July 22–28), a sixth annual weeklong celebration of all things shark. The syllabus is packed with exhibits, aquarist talks, and 3-D movies. And you don’t have to worry about missing the Discovery Channel’s coverage: Moody Gardens will be airing Shark Week live on the largest screen in Texas. moodygardens.com
Sarasota, Florida: At Shark Days at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium (July 25–28) kids can create shark-themed art projects at “Sharks and Crafts” before the adults hit “Shark Tales and Ales,” an educational conversation with senior scientist and shark expert Dr. Bob Hueter over cocktails at Louies Modern, a chic downtown Sarasota restaurant. mote.org
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Need more than a week of shark fun? Make plans to attend the Tennessee Aquarium’s Sharkfest on Friday, August 3, when you can enter a shark diving cage, study prehistoric shark teeth, and watch special feedings. community.tnaqua.org