A Good Time for an Aquarium Visit

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 02:56.

Going to the Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores is a tradition in our family.   I have written in detail about our visits before, but today was a special visit.  We got to take our granddaughter with us. 

If there is a perfect age for a first visit to the Aquarium, I'm guessing four is not far from it.  There is nothing like the wonder in the eyes of a child seeing a shark tank for the first time.  Of course sea otters are even more fun than sharks.

This trip was perhaps the first time that we visited the Aquarium when we were not trying to escape from cottage fever, heat, or rain.  We could easily have gone to the beach or the pool, but our granddaughter wanted to go to the Aquarium so we went.

There was a good crowd there ahead of us, but we have seen it far more crowded than it was on our visit today.  Even when the Aquarium is crowded it is still possible to have a great time.  Our almost four year old granddaughter had some favorite exhibits, but she managed to enjoy almost everything.

With the heat wave backing off a little, we were even able to do a little hiking by the marshes where we saw some young White Ibises enjoying the marsh mud.

We also saw the much heralded Penguin exhibit, but the sea otters put on a much better show.

I am a big fan of the large fish tank.  It is the only place that I have been able to get close to large red drum.

If you have never been to the Aquarium, don't pass up the opportunity to visit.  The Aquarium along with the Maritime Museum are two of my favorite special places along the Crystal Coast.

More information on places to visit and things to enjoy is available in our travel guide which we recently published.

The 87 page guide is entitled, "A Week at the Beach, An Emerald Isle Travel Guide."  It is currently available for $4.99 in Kindle format, but you can read it on any device using the free Kindle Reader software.

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