Friday, September 19, 2014

Day Trips and Destinations: The Florida Aquarium #Review

It's been weeks since our vacation ended, but I still miss Florida! We had so many great adventures, and one of the best was at  The Florida Aquarium.

Drew and Reese Getting Ready to Enter!

The first creatures we saw were the Horseshoe Crabs. They were pretty neat to look at, and you could even touch them! Drew was very careful to make sure we were all following the rules on the sign that showed how to touch the crabs so that they didn't get hurt. Mom opted not to touch them and Reese was not too interested either, but Dad and Drew definitely wanted to try!

Horseshoe Crabs

Dad and Drew Getting Ready to Gently Touch the Horseshoe Crabs

After the fun with the Horseshoe Crabs, we decided to go up to the second floor and check that out. We started on the "Wetlands Trail", where we got to see alligators and crocodiles (and learn the difference between the two), adorable and playful river otters, beautiful native birds (including Roseate Spoonbills, which are pretty neat), and of course the Burmese Pythons! 

Now Entering the Wetlands Trail

Loved the Blue Bill!

Where are the River Otters?

Can Daddy Help Find Them?

There They are Mommy!

Ninja Turtles? 


We then took a quick "Journey to Madagascar". Drew and Reese LOVED this part of the aquarium, especially the lemurs. I really liked the the chameleon exhibit. One exhibit we were especially intrigued by, although it was a little creepy, was the one with the hissing cockroaches!

At the Start of our Journey through Madagascar

Drew and Reese hanging with Some Lemurs!

(Karma?) Chameleon

Hissing Cockroaches

After our Journey through Madagascar, we hit the "Bays and Beaches", "Penguin Point", "Coral Reef", and "Ocean Commotion" exhibits. We were so impressed with each exhibit and could have spent half the day at the aquarium if our schedule permitted. 

Penguin Point

They Saw a Flash and Swam Over to Get in the Picture! 

These Fish Were Pretty Big!

But This Guy (A Goliath Grouper) Was Bigger

We loved our visit at The Florida Aquarium and can't wait to go back next year! This would be a great place to spend an entire day. With all of the exhibits, interactive experiences, water fun zone, and the Cantina Bar and Grill; The Florida Aquarium is a blast for kids and their parents!

Our Fish Tank at Home Has Nothing on This!

Drew Sits in Seashells by the Seashore!

Reese Sits in Seashells by the Seashore!

Want to Visit? 

General Admission tickets are $23.95 for adults ($21.95 if you purchase online) and $18.95 for children 3-11 ($17.95 if you purchase online). There are a variety of "combo" tickets available to purchase, which I am looking forward to for next year since the Wild Dolphin Cruise sounds like it would be an amazing experience for our family. Remember to visit the Florida Aquarium Website to help when planning your trip! 

Special thanks to our friends at The Florida Aquarium for allowing our family to visit and experience the aquarium. We had such a great time and can't wait to come back! 

Disclosure: Our family was provided with complimentary admission to the Florida Aquarium to faciliate our review. All thoughts and opionions shared are my own. Your experience may differ.

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