For weeks, our son was VERY concerned about the state of the New York Aquarium. “The ‘Quarium is NOT closed?” he would ask me daily, earnestly.
I would assure him the aquarium was not closed, but we couldn’t go until after the baby was born. (I’d learned my lesson after our fun (but HOT) trip to the Bronx Zoo – don’t overdo when you’re nine months pregnant!). I wanted to really enjoy the Aquarium, so we waited.
Thus the daily question as A. tried to be patient until the day we’d finally make it to the NY Aquarium. And that day arrived last Monday!
I had no idea the NY Aquarium was literally in the midst of the Coney Island and other amusement parks – it makes for a fun and colorful neighborhood, and one I’d want to have more time to explore at a later date! And you can eat at the Original Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs stand! We did!
Our son was a little unsure at first, about entering the dark tunnels lined with fish tanks, but soon, he became enamored with the underwater life!
The sharks intimidated him quite a bit, but he managed to brave not one, but TWO trips into the shark tank area! We discovered huge sea turtles, fish, and a gigantic Manta Ray in the shark tank as well! A. could not stop talking about the ray! And of course, he loved the turtle since we frequently read All About Turtles, and he has several turtle stuffed toys!
Mommy loved the Alien Stingers jellyfish exhibit. Jellyfish – they are so deadly but look so peaceful just blobbing along through the water!
Daddy and son took a side trip to visit sea lions, but Mommy needed a break – so unfortunately I have no photos of them. Then Daddy took over baby duty so Mommy and A. could visit the Water’s Extreme Journey maze, part of the A-MAZE-ING Water Exhibit open through September 9, 2012! The signature exhibit this season! Water’s Extreme Journey is a life-sized maze, where you take on the persona of a raindrop to see how water travels through our ecosystems. You can even ride a little zipline as part of the maze!
Along the way you spin wheels to determine which path to take next, hoping you make good choices about protecting our waterways. At the end, my little raindrop and I found our way out, clean (and dry). It’s a fun and educational exhibit, but more geared towards kids old enough to read so they can enjoy the spinny wheels, as this part was lost on my toddler!
We really enjoyed our trip to the NY Aquarium, and hope to be back soon! I still need to see those sea lions!
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