Aquariums Hollis NY
Staten Island, NY
The Age of Aquariums
At the Ocean Voyager Exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, the more you look, the more you’ll see. Imagine a tank the size of a football field and 30-feet deep. Sawfish, guitarfish and hammerheads briefly appear only to disappear into their six-million-gallon home. The stars of the tank are the 15-foot whale sharks that can swim freely as they would in the open ocean.
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Visit the Virginia Aquarium
July 2, 2010 by Denise N. Crew ·
So while we were in Virginia Beach the other week (and it was humid enough to cut the air with a knife) we decided to cool off and visit the Virginia Aquarium . This is a wonderful hands on place for kids of all ages and there’s more then just fish there too!
When you pull into the main parking lot you’ll see the Harbor Seals greet you as you walk up the walkway. These interesting animals will put on quite the show swimming around. In fact Baby Girl asked to stop by later in the trip to just watch the seals play in the water. They have hoops to swim through and balls to play with. We really could have sat there and just watched them all day!
The aquarium is actually housed in two different buildings and there is a long nature trail that connects them. From one building to the other you’ll see the active (and not so active) wildlife in it’s natural setting. If the tide’s out check out the crabs crawling around in the mud next to the water’s edge.
The aquarium offers something for everyone. You can buy a pass to just the aquarium, you can take a pontoon boat ride up the creek and out to the edge of the bay. There’s also an Imax theater there as well. With it threatening to look like rain we passed on the boat ride (although we did hear people talking about it as we walked around and they seemed to enjoy it) and we weren’t sure how Little Man and Baby Girl would make out with the movie so we didn’t go to that. But really the aquarium was enough of an experience for all.
There are some exhibits that have a dome in them so the kids (and agile adults) can get a closer view of some of the animals habitats. The little ones seemed to really enjoy that. Then there’s the learning aspect of the aquarium, but since it’s all hands on projects, they’re too busy having fun to realize they’re learning when they’re not in school. Even the 17 year old got into the fun. (just a little side note, metal in the water does something that sharks don’t like, and the shark cages people put in the water, did you ever notice , made of metal, doesn’t seem like the smartest idea to me!) There are also places where you can touch stingrays, hermit craps and horseshoe crabs.
Another great aspect of the aquarium is al...