Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Vander Waals Go to Cincinnati {Newport Aquarium}

For Saturday, our last day of vacation, we planned a visit to the Newport Aquarium.  It is a highly rated attraction and hits the top 10 “must see” list for the area, so it was a must-do for our little trip.  We took it easy in the morning, taking our time getting ready and allowing Ruby her mid-morning nap, before we headed out for the 11am opening at the aquarium.
I’ll just go ahead and preface this post by saying that Drew was in.a.mood.  Not sure if he was tired (probably), sick of vacation (perhaps), ready to head home (likely) but that kid was unsatisfiable our entire time there.  Kind of a buzz kill, I gotta say, but the rest of us enjoyed it (as much as we could) despite big brother’s mood.
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We saw a dive show, where we learned about Shark Rays and their buddy, Denver, a large sea turtle.
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It was very blue in there.
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Bravo, a 650 pound Galapagos tortoise.
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We were able to touch a few different animals, including this shark, some starfish, and a tortoise or two.
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We didn’t make it to the penguins soon enough to see the Penguin Parade.  They were so fun to watch as we passed by, though…bummed we missed out on their program.
There was a ton to see here at the aquarium.  Thousands of fish and sharks and other underwater friends (duh) but also an entire section full of reptiles and oh-my-word do you know how many different kinds of frogs there are?!?!  
The Vander Waal family rating of the Newport Aquarium: 4.5 stars.  I would’ve liked to have seen an octopus. :)
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She had fun.  And she luuuuvvvssss her daddy. 
We had a mid-afternoon lunch here
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because we hadn’t yet eaten at Culvers on this vacation and goodness, if we can go to Culvers because it’s the second Tuesday of the month, we certainly can go to Culvers because we’re on vacation!
We were back to our hotel around 4 that afternoon to nap
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and enjoy our last night in the pool.  The boys finished out their last night of vacation with video games and snacks in bed.

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