Yesterday, I got to spend the entire day with Darren and Raileigh. Darren had the day off of work, and Raileigh and I had no school due to election day.
I think that I have told you all before that we have annual passes to the Georgia Aquarium. We have found these to be such a great value, and frequently use them on Darren’s days off.
Yesterday was no exception. We started the morning off with a tasty chicken biscuit from Chick-fil-A, then headed downtown to mingle with the fish.
There are beautiful fish greeting you the moment you enter the aquarium.
We like to see everything and we each have our favorite areas within the aquarium. However, we always take a different route to go through the aquarium. Usually, we base this upon whichever sections looks the busiest and if there are any large school groups nearby. Yesterday, we chose to start off in River Scout. This area is home to some pretty small fish, a crawl tunnel that will get you up close and personal with some river life, frogs, albino crocodiles, piranhas, and the river otter.
Next, we spent some time in Cold Water Quest. This exhibit was under construction when we first purchased our passes, and I was thrilled when it was finally completed! This exhibit opens with a small petting area where you can touch sea cucumbers and starfish. It is also home to some other beautiful sea life- beluga whales, seals, sea otters, penguins, and a variety of different fish.
Though I love looking at every part of this exhibit, the penguins are by far my favorite. There is a crawl tunnel with pop up points so that you can view the penguins even closer. Yesterday, Darren and Raileigh crawled through the tunnel while I stayed behind to watch and take a few pictures.
Next, we headed off to our very favorite part of the aquarium- Ocean Voyager. This is where many of the large animals are housed- tiger sharks, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, and more. It is home to the largest aquarium habitat in the world- a massive 6.3 million gallon tank! My favorite part of this exhibit is the manta rays. The aquarium is the only location in the U.S. to house these creatures. There are three females and one male. The male is the newest manta ray to come to the aquarium and weighs just under 300 lbs.! Yesterday, these giant creatures kept doing flips and it was quite amazing to watch!
Next, we ventured in to Tropical Diver. This is by far the most colorful section of the aquarium. Raileigh enjoys it because here she can find “Dory” and “Nemo”. This exhibit is home to one of the most intriguing (in my opinion) creatures I have ever seen- the moon jelly. The moon jelly actually changes colors as you stand and watch. It’s quite amazing! Of course, I can never seem to get a decent picture of one. In addition to the moon jellies, there are Atlantic Sea Nettles, Firefish, and assortment of jellyfish, and many beautiful and bright tropical fish.
We finished out our day at Georgia Explorer. Here, you can see some aquatic life that is native to Georgia, as well as enjoy a few petting areas. I really like the big sea turtle that lives here. I think he is so majestic and beautiful! There are also some fun areas for kids to play in here, including crawl tunnels and a big slide that looks just like a whale!
As we were leaving, we stopped for a few moments in Pemberton Plaza. The aquarium is directly across from the World of Coca-Cola, and the area is named for the founder of Coca-Cola, Joseph Pemberton. There is a beautiful grassy area as well as a statue paying homage to Mr. Pemberton. Darren rather enjoys his Coca-Cola and whenever Raileigh see the Coke logo, she proudly proclaims “Daddy’s Coke!”.
Next, it was time to head to Ikea. We didn’t actually need anything- we just enjoy going there. It is fun to walk around and get ideas of things we would like to do to our home one day and check out all of the model rooms they have created. They also have a very fun children’s department. many of their toys and playthings are open where children can test them out. Raileigh really enjoys this! At the end of the day, I walked away with some bright striped fabric I found in the children’s department, some super yellow and white striped fabric from the as-is room, a heart shaped ice cube tray, and a new rug for the front door.