The boys loved the large exhibits. One thing I liked is that there were large signs with pictures of each species with its name and a short blurb about the animal. That way if the kids asked what something was, I could easily tell them about it. Sometimes we would go on a "fish hunt" and choose a picture, then the boys would hunt down the fish in the aquarium.
My favorite was the green sea turtle. It just glided gracefully.
Of course the boys loved the sharks!
Daddy liked the octopus, but Elliott liked the video about the octopus more. Emory also enjoyed the starfish. I didn't get a lot of pictures, because there really wasn't much to take pictures of and I was busy observing with the boys and answering their questions. I also only had my cell phone, and it was hard to get any decent pictures.
"Hey momma, what's this stuff?" I love to see them interested and asking questions. The stuff they were asking about was the carpet anemone.
Eleanor was great the whole time! It was a lot for her to take in, and she observed quietly.
Overall, this aquarium is one of the smallest aquariums we have ever been to. We managed to walk through in less than 45 minutes, and that was with the boys bouncing back and forth and taking their time. I am definitely glad that we utilized the homeschool discount. This was a nice change of pace from the beach, but I'm not sure we'd go back.
We have visited the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in the past, and I think we liked it better. It wasn't too big either, but it offered a bit more. We did really enjoy the Newport Aquarium the last time we went though.
What's your favorite Aquarium, specifically from the Midwest down to the Southeast?
This post is linked up to Field Trip Friday at Mimi's House.
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