Saturday, October 24, 2009

Day 3: Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokeys

Well it had started raining again by this time, and we were trying to figure out something to do indoors. So we headed into Gatlinburg to Ripley's Aquarium. It was so neat!! Very interactive for the kids and so many learning opportunities. The kids, Matt and I, and the Cases had a ton of fun looking at all the displays. I think our favorite part was looking into the shark tank and then realizing that there was a tunnel that you would walk through. The kids were so excited and kept telling to take a picture of everything. It really was a neat thing to see. Then there was a hands on exhibit where they got to hold/touch a horse shoe crab. Plus tons of stations to learn about the creatures of the deep. the last are we went into had tons of smaller tanks that had hand prints next to them- you became a secret agent and placed your hand on them to find out the unique thing about that particular animal. There was a place on the bottom of the shark tank where there were tons of scratches on the glass. the sign next to it said those were scratches resulting from a shark attack on the glass when people were coming through. Helps remind you that no matter how amazing they look, that they are still wild and not to be messed with, no matter how use to people thy are! We had so much fun, and it was the best thing to do on a rainy day!

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