This year we stayed in Alexandria for Thanksgiving. Since we had a few extra days, we decided to take a short overnight trip to Baltimore to visit the National Aquarium. We have wanted to take Noah to the aquarium for a while now, and the long weekend provided a great opportunity.
We drove up to Baltimore Friday afternoon (it’s about an hour away). Our first stop was to check in at the hotel. We lucked out and got a room on the top floor. Hello down there!
Next we had an early supper at James Joyce (an awesome Irish pub) and then walked the short distance to the Inner Harbor. We couldn’t get in to the aquarium right away (it was busy!), so we hung out at the nearby Barnes & Noble until our time slot. Noah can’t pass up an opportunity to play with trains! Ha.
Our first stop at the National Aquarium was the “Blacktip Reef” exhibit. We saw blacktip reef sharks and lots of other fish too, including angelfish, puffer fish and whiptail rays.
Next we checked out the “Living Seashore” hands-on exhibit. Noah and Ryan got to touch clearnose skates and horseshoe crabs – so cool!
Then we started to work our way through the maze of massive aquariums. We saw groupers, creole fish, cowfish, seahorses, eels and porcupine fish, just to name a few. There were so many fish!
Here’s a short video of Noah in the “Atlantic Coral Reef” exhibit.
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Noah’s favorite exhibit was definitely “Shark Alley.” We saw many shark species – check it out!
And here are two short videos of the sharks…
In the “Amazon River Forest” exhibit, we saw poison dart frogs and a big emerald tree boa snake.
We had a great time at the aquarium! We didn’t quite make it through all the exhibits, so we definitely plan to visit again.
After the aquarium we walked back to the hotel to relax. We had a busy day, and we were tired!
On the way home the next day, we went to the University of Maryland in College Park to watch the Terps play Rutgers University. This was the Terps’ final home game of the season.
As you can tell from the photos, it was a little chilly outside, but we had a great time. The Terps won 31 to 13. Yep, #FearTheTurtle!
We had a fun Thanksgiving weekend, and we hope you did too!