Georgie has liked fish from a pretty young age and has now been to six aquariums in six different states.
First was the New England Aquarium in Boston in 2006…
then Sea World in Florida in 2007….
the National Aquarium in Baltimore in 2008 (Vicki’s first aquarium)….
the Atlantic City Aquarium in New Jersey in 2009…..
the Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, SC in 2010…..
and finally, the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut for Labor Day Weekend 2010…….
The Mystic Aquarium was similar to Sea World in that it had inside and outside areas. Most of the other aquariums we visited were inside only.
We started out watching the Sea Lion show…
and visited the Beluga Whales – something we haven’t seen at any other aquarium….
as always the jellies are among the kids favorites….
they liked the touch tank with the starfish and crabs but refused to touch the Rays or the Sharks….
they got to see how big a shark’s teeth can be…..
and of course, the Nemos are always a big hit.
Back outside, in the marsh exhibit we saw a lot of really big tadpoles, some with small legs coming in and one really large frog.
The kids really enjoyed watching the penguins (and we learned Georgie knows how to read “Gift Shop”).
Our last stop was at the Birds of Australia exhibit (not sure how relevant it is at an aquarium but it was pretty cool). There was an extra fee for this exhibit but I’m really glad we did it. The kids were given a small popsicle stick with millet on it and then we were allowed into a giant flight cage filled with cockatiels, lorikeets and budgies. I used to have a cockatiel so I’m very used to handling birds but it was very hard to get a bird down to Vicki’s level without it flying away. They preferred to be up on the high perches throughout the room but I was able to get a couple to come down. Georgie managed to get a couple birds on his own.
So far we haven’t made it to our big, local aquarium – the Adventure Aquarium in Camden New Jersey. Maybe next year.