If you missed Part 1 please click here. There’s a fabulously interesting tirade on the lack of fish sticks at the aquarium. If you don’t read that post the title of this post will mean nothing to you. Go on. Read it. Then come back. For fish pictures! But not fish sticks because there were no fish sticks at the aquarium.
I may have teased you about fish pictures yesterday, but I mean it this time. I swear.
Come! Visit the aquarium with us! There will be actual pictures and everything!
Like I mentioned yesterday, we went through twice, once by ourselves and once when my sister and her family arrived. It’s a good thing too because by the time they rolled into town it was Sweetey Petey’s (missed) nap time and he was a spiraling ball of energy and craziness the rest of the day. So we saw more fish the first time around. Had more family fun the second time around though.
Let’s call our first visit through the aquarium Phase One.
During Phase One I had Baby Charwee slung up in the Ergo and The Husband was on Sweetey Petey duty.
Well hi there.
I actually really love this picture. It’s very indicative of my life these days. Pretty much everything I do, I do with a baby strapped to me.
The aquarium was divided into galleries which seems like a natural way to break up this post too.
Let’s get to it then. Finally.
World Rivers – Freshwater river inhabitants. You can pick one of these guys up at your local pet store for a few bucks if you really want to experience the aquarium with us. I used to have one of these fellows back in the day. His name was Sid. He was awful to the other fish and wouldn’t die. Worst. Fish. Ever.
Shore Gallery – A touch pool for the kiddios! The shark and starfish were not for touching, but were located next to the touch pool so I lumped them here.
Shark Ray Bay Theater – We didn’t stay for a show, but did take a minute to enjoy one of the largest windows in the aquarium. That’s one happy looking stingray.
Bizarre and Beautiful – Unusual creatures including octopus and Japanese spider crabs.
Dangerous & Deadly – Feared and deadly aquatic animals including piranhas, poisoned frogs, stonefish, lionfish, snakes, sharks, and stingrays.
Gator Alley – Meet Mighty Mike! That alligator was seriously huge. We barely made it out alive.
Frog Bog – One of the largest collections of frogs in the Midwest, a Frogger interactive game, and a Frog Bog jungle gym! Petey ran around the Frog Bog like a mad freaking banshee. Both in Phase One and Phase Two.
Turtle Canyon – Ummmm this was the largest turtle ever. Petey loved it. It’s all he talked about. It’s all he still talks about. He was, shall we say, less than pleased when we left Turtle Canyon. Oh and the tinier turtles? They were The Husband’s favorite as they seemed “friendly.”
Amazon Tunnel – A 32 foot long tunnel reminiscent of a flooded Amazon rainforest.
Coral Reef – I took no pictures here. Sadness.
Jellyfish Gallery – The largest jellyfish exhibit in the Midwest! Play tag (and take shadow selfies) with moon jellies at the interactive Jelly Wall. The jellyfish were one of my favorite exhibits.
Surrounded by Sharks – Stroll through a giant tunnel surrounded by sharks, stingrays, and fish swimming over, under and all around. It was right about here it really started to smell like fish sticks.
Sharky’s Cafe – WHERE THERE WERE NO FISH STICKS! Harumpf.
Shark Central – Touch a shark. I have no pictures from this either. More sadness.
Penguin Palooza – Penguins. Penguins rock. Cute, fiesty, excellent swimmers. If I had to pick a creature to take home, it would be a penguin for sure.
Overhead Shark Viewing – View the tanks from above. We all loved this part. Petey especially loved the underwater periscope.
Gift Shop – Parents worst nightmare. Yikes. I think Petey hugged every stuffed animal . . . which is funny because he doesn’t have any particular attachment to stuffed animals at home. There was also a plastic light up ray gun that was very popular; I had to put it back at least four times. If you’re wondering what a light up ray gun has to do with fish . . . well, so am I.
See ya either tomorrow or Friday for Phase Two where we wander around town waiting for my sister’s family, eat donuts and swap responsibility as we trek through the tanks for a second time. Yup, I’m dragging this out for a THIRD day. Sorry I’m not sorry.
Question of the Day: Which creature is your favorite?