Friday, October 31, 2008

Georgia Aquarium

One thing that I love about living where we do is the easy access to so many great family activities. Atlanta is full of fun places to go. The day after Gavin's birthday, we decided to take the kids to the aquarium. Gavin hadn't been yet so we figured it would be alot of fun.

The highlight of the aquarium is the big tank that houses our whale sharks. When you enter into the exhibit, you go through a glass tube in which you are surrounded by water. The fish surround you and you feel like you are down there with them. Gavin and Mikayla just kept looking up at all of the sealife.

This is one of the whale sharks. Ours are still pretty young and aren't nearly as big as they can get to be. It will be neat to watch them grow over the coming years.
Mikayla was so good with Gavin and took alot of care in trying to show him everything.

When you leave the glass tube, you enter an area with a huge viewing window that is the size of a large movie theater screen. This is one of my favorite parts of the aquarium. The have seating in there and you can just sit back and watch your kids just stare in awe at the marine life. It is a very relaxing place.
I always love the way that pictures turn out at this exhibit. All that you see is the blue water and the red jelly fish. Mikayla has always liked looking at these.
Another highlight of the aquarium, is the Beluga Whale exhibit. We have three beluga whales right now. We used to have five, but two have died. Most of the whales were rescued from an amusement park in Mexico and came to the aquarium with some pretty significant health problems. The are the neatest things to watch swim around. They were explaining that they can't have anything else in the tank with them, because they pretty much eat anything they see.
This is "Deepo," the mascot of the aquarium. This is the first time we have ever been able to "meet" the big Deepo. Mikayla was pretty excited.
The Georgia Aquarium is a wonderful place to go. There are some great exhibits and lots of activities for the kids to do. I highly reccomend adding this to your list of places to visit if you are ever in the area.


Jenny said...

Wow - looks like an extremely cool place!