We spent the morning of Day 2 of our mini-vacay at the aquarium, in Newport, Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinnati.
The aquarium was fantastic! It definitely rivals our favorite aquarium to date, in Chattanooga.
As still as I thought I was being to take no-flash photography, most of my pictures didn't turn out very well. Still, here are our favorite spots...
|This is the best view we've ever gotten of an octopus. I could have watched this guy give "wobbly waves" [a line from one of our books] all day. AMAZING!|
|I was also so taken with these Japanese crabs. They were enormous!|
I didn't take any pictures in the shark theater, but it was really nice. We were able to sit on a bench and enjoy the sharks and a ginormous tortoise swimming right in front of us, while we enjoyed a snack.
|Meet Mighty Mike...the HUGEST 'gator I've ever seen! He is 15' long...WOW!!!|
|I always love jellies, and the set-up in this aquarium was great. Here are Daddy and the girls behind a glass wall, on a plush couch, just taking it all in.|
|We spent a long time watching the penguins. There was a video monitor with information about each of the six different types of penguins. It was fun to try to pick out which was which in front of us.|
I love this picture of the girls on a bench on the boardwalk in front of the restaurant.
|We walked down to the river's edge to check out the boats. The girls are showing off a plastic shark and penguin some nice lady gave them at the aquarium.|
|LOVE this picture of my Baby A!!!|
|LOVE this picture of my Baby B, getting a little help from Daddy!!!|
After a nap for Daddy and B, and quality time in the breakfast area for Mommy and A, we set out to explore downtown Cincinnati and the riverfront that afternoon.
|Smelling the flowers (just before A fell into the flowers) in the gardens in front of P&G headquarters...it is such a gorgeous few blocks!|
|We told the girls we'd look for an ice cream shop for snack. How lucky were we to find a Graeter's on Fountain Square?!!!|
|We walked off our ice cream (who am I kidding???) at Riverfront park. We drove across this bridge several times, and then walked part-way across it. The girls thought that was pretty neat!|
|Hugging a pig. :)|
|So many gorgeous fountains...this was one of many!|
|One last look...thanks for the memories, Cincinnati!|
The Cincinnati zoo was also really great. We got to see a manatee for the first time, and we were very lucky to happen upon a trainer feeding one of the elephants. We'd heard that the train ride was well worth it, and it did not disappoint...giving us a bird's eye view of several exhibits, and taking us across Swan Lake.
All in all, it was a splendid couple of days. What a great trip for Fall Break!