Every Summer, Danyella and I, create a Summer bucket list of things we want to do through the summer. We don’t get through all of the items but it is the fun of making the bucket list and trying to accomplish as many as we can. One of the top things on this year’s bucket list was to go to the aquarium. Yesterday, we surprised Danyella and had a family day at the aquarium!
*This is NOT a sponsored post. I was NOT paid and DID NOT receive free tickets. This is just our family’s experience at the aquarium.
Knowing that we had a day that my husband was off of work and Danyella did not have dance, I had to plan a family day. Having nearly 90 degree weather through the week, I thought that the zoo would be the perfect place to go… until the weather changed and the forecast was calling for rain all day. Having a love of sharks, my husband suggested that we go to the aquarium.
This was a great idea until I looked at the ticket prices. $30 per adult and $22 per child which was a huge leap from the $13 and $11 for tickets to the zoo near us. I did some research and found a discount on groupon. So instead of spending $91 (with taxes and fees), I purchased the tickets for $62 for the 3 of us. Thankfully the baby was free!
We got there and started off with the shark touching exhibit which was fun for Doug and Danyella. Next, we were off to the penguin park. We got outside just as they were feeding the penguins which was fun to watch. Danyella could have sat there all day and watched her precious penguins. There is a play area for younger kids and what looked to be a water play area for nice days. This was a short stop because it was so crowded with strollers that it was hard to maneuver around.
Our next area to check out was the kid’s touch area. This will be fun to take Evie when she is a little bigger and she can play with the interactive learning tools. It was fun to see the crocodile and frogs in this area.
Then, we headed to the area with the different exotic fish, jellyfish and other sea creatures. By the time we hit this section, Evie decided she didn’t want to sit in her stroller anymore. I should have known this would happen since she is usually wrapped when I take her out. So, she got her Daddy to hold her as we walked through the rest of this section.
We got to see many cool fish, more penguins just hanging out and the parts of what they call their shipwreck. This is the big tank that extends through different parts of the aquarium that has so many different fist, stingrays, sea turtles and sharks! I wish Evie was a little bigger that we could have sat her up against the glass and gotten some good shots of her with the sharks, stingrays and sea turtles.
The sharks were saved for last since that is my husband’s favorite part and we knew he would want to spend more time watching them. The shark tunnel was really cool to watch them swim all around us. I got a funny photo of Evie crying as one was coming up behind her… just perfect timing for that one. Then, I took a photo of Danyella with this look like she was actually interested and having fun. (Moms of tween girls will understand how hard that is lol). Doug and Dany went across the Shark Bridge which is basically a net walking area across the shark tank! I stayed with the baby since we couldn’t hold her and walk across.
As a mom on a budget, being able to pack our lunch to eat at the aquarium was a huge plus for me. We stopped and bought $5 wawa hoagies plus I picked up chips and drinks at the dollar store the day before. We bought Danyella ice cream which was $5.50 for a small cup of Dippin Dots…. crazy! The money we saved on food was well spent at the gift shop with the girls getting stuffed animals and other cute things.
Overall, the trip was fun for the whole family though in a year or two Evie will really be able to enjoy a visit. The discounted cost through groupon and bringing our own food helped justify the cost of the tickets and parking ($10!!). We were in the aquarium by 10 and left about 2 so it was a short visit and next time I would plan on going when it’s warmer and we can enjoy the outdoor activities. If you want to make a plan the website has lots of information: Adventure Aquarium but I highly suggest looking for a discount on tickets through groupon or local businesses sometimes have discount coupons in the Summer.
17 thoughts on “Family Day at Adventure Aquarium”
My children love the aquarium too! Sounds like a great day!
Aquariums are my absolute favorite! Unfortunately there are none by me, this looks like such a great aquarium to go too! We’ll have to road trip to one soon!
What a neat tradition to create with your family. The Aquarium is a very special place to visit for both the young and old. Thanks for sharing these wonderful memories in this post.
this looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing! That penguin is so cool.
I love the aquarium! I actually have a photo on my phone that looks identical to that penguin one! Looks like such a fun time 🙂
What a fun day! We love the aquarium!!! So many fun things to do and see.
Family adventures are always the best! You and your family are lovely!
This seems like a lot of entertainment. I need to take my kids over there
I love taking my boys to the aquarium. Looks like it was great fun.
How fun! The aquarium is such a pretty place to visit. It’s interesting seeing different kinds of fishes.
Looks like a great aquarium. Definitely need to go see those penguins in person this summer!
My family and I visited the Georgia Aquarium a few times and they love getting up close and personal with the animals. I would love to visit more aquariums with the kiddos.
Sounds like you had a fantastic day! I love aquariums and zoos, it’s wonderful seeing all the different species interacting
We love going to the aquarium and the zoo! We were members of the aquarium here in Charleston for the longest time. My wife and I went to the Ripley’s aquarium in Myrtle Beach a while back, we’ve been meaning to take the girls up there. It looks like y’all had a great time!
We love Adventure Aquarium. We live about 45 mins away. We are due for a trip!
Going to the aquarium is definitely a fun day and a fun way to spend time with the children. The programs are educational and the sea life, a site to behold. 👍🏼
Me and my husband love to visit aquariums. I am almost certain my daughter will love them too! Seems like you had a great time there!