I’ve been MIA for a few days. I guess the last post left me a little more emotionally raw than I expected it to. So, I’ve been extra antisocial and introspective. I think it’s time for a lighter post. Life has ups and downs, and so does this blog.
During Spring Break, Trinity and I met up with my friend Corinne and her son to visit the fish at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. It’s the 5th largest aquarium in the US. That means it has to be awesome, right? Well, it is.
I’m always a little apprehensive about going to Camden. It’s one of the most dangerous cities in the US, and I have heard horror stories from Daniel’s coworkers. One guy has woken up to a body on his porch on more than one occasion.
Luckily, the aquarium is right on the waterfront. That’s where all the tourist attractions are located. So, it’s generally pretty safe in that area compared to other parts. Plus, it’s right by the highway. No getting lost in a dangerous city for this girl!
When I say ‘right on the waterfront,’ I mean it. The views from the upper floors are amazing! I love Philly.
Trinity was most excited about seeing Mighty Mike. He’s the largest alligator on display in the US outside of Florida. He’s over 14 feet long and weighs over 800 pounds. There were commercials for him on all the time, apparently. I didn’t see one until a few hours after this visit, though.
Mighty Mike was pretty amazing!! The photo doesn’t do him justice, though. So, I’ve included a size comparison. Yikes!
We spent some time exploring the rest of the aquarium. We were there a few years ago, but things had changed a lot. There were a few different touch exhibits and lots of awesome sea creatures!
My favorite area, though, is the African Area. They have birds flying around, African Crested Porcupines hiding behind something (Seriously, I can never see them!), and two Nile Hippos. The hippos, Button and Genny, weigh about 3,000 pounds each! Yikes!
Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world to display hippos.
The African area is also where my favorite photo of Trinity was taken years ago….
Another pretty cool area is the Jules Verne Gallery. It features animals that are found in the deep parts of the oceans. These animals are really pretty awesome!
The last part of the aquarium before the gift shop and exit is the Shark Realm. It’s a huge tank with lots of sharks and other fish swimming around.
Probably the coolest thing is the Great Hammerhead Shark. It’s the only Great Hammerhead in captivity in the US. It’s pretty amazing.
Or… maybe the coolest thing is the tunnel that goes through the large tank. I could spend forever just watching the sharks swim by!
This is definitely one of my favorite places to adventure, and I’m not surprised the that word adventure is in its name! If you’re ever in the area, it’s worth a stop… especially if you love water as much as we do!
Thanks for including us in your adventure, Corinne!