Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

While we were lovin' the beach, we needed a day off later in the week.  So we decided one day to take the kids to the Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach.  The boys like aquariums, and I like aquariums for little kids a bit more than zoos, in general, just because it's much easier for them to see everything.  We presented our NOI to receive the homeschool discount, and we headed in.

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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  1. What a great time!! I co-host a field trip Friday link up. The link will be live in the morning. Here is the link to my blog-would love to have you link up!

  2. This looks like so much fun! We have a small aquarium that my kids have visited periodically but I have yet to take them to a larger one - the New England Aquarium in Boston is the closest large aquarium to us - I need to put that on our must do list next time we are in that area. So happy to have stumbled upon your blog!

    1. We have to travel about 3 hours to visit any of the "closet" zoos and aquariums, which means we don't visit often. So whenever we travel, we try to include extra field trips like this.

  3. You guys are doing awesome stuff! I love all your real life experiences. We have one aquarium in our area but I don't like taking the kids there because they have a giant snake and I am terrified of snakes. (What the heck is a snake doing in an aquarium anyway?) Salt Lake City is actually getting a second aquarium that is near my husband's office, hopefully it will be snake-less!

    1. Haha! One of the places we spend time every summer is the St. Lawrence River in upstate NY and there are lots of water snakes there! You should stay away from there too!! Anyway, my point being that they must be water snakes at that aquarium?...

    2. Ha! I don't mind snakes too much, but I certainly don't take my time to stop and admire!

      We seem to do these "fun" things in spurts, but I am really trying to make it a priority right now, and choose experiences that are meaningful.