Monday, November 2, 2009

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Our visit to the Aquarium today was great! We met up with Amanda and Josh and promptly had our pictures taken upon entry. Nothing says "overpriced entry" like entry photographs, right?

Anyhoo...the picture actually turned out pretty good!

The first thing we saw were the bubble tubes, a personal favorite of mine from when I was a kid.

We saw all kinds of fish (which Jillian calls "fsshhh").

We saw various turtles.

And a seahorse.

And a frog.

And a big fish skeleton (which Jillian promptly identified as a "doh", her word for dinosaur).

Jillian had a fun time playing in the kids' area. I was disappointed to see that the Children's Cove was replaced with this sand table and a few other play areas. That Children's Cove (or was it Kids' Cove?) was a kid sized habitat that kids could go through and handle urchins, star fish, etc. I remember it vividly from when I was a kid, and have no idea how long it's been gone. But it's gone. Bummer.

Getting a picture of Jillian with the fish was tough; she just moves around SO much!

It was really nice to go on a weekday, so it wasn't too crowded. Jillian and Josh got to run up and down the hallways without disturbing too many other visitors. Jillian got friendly and even took Joshua's hand and gave him a hug!

*Note: if you're local and want to witness this running, come to our church, upstairs Sunday School hallway, between 10-10:15am; they're getting good at running together.*

And I just thought this was a cute picture of the little ones.

If you noticed, I didn't mention the fantastic Jellyfish exhibit in this post. My pictures of them turned out so good I thought they really deserved their own post. Seriously, they were beautiful. If you want to see them, go here. I promise it's a short post, mostly just pictures.

We had an absolutely awesome time, and no major tantrums from either little one. It's a pricey trip (between admission, parking garage, and souvenirs if you want any), but really worth making a visit.

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