I had to travel for work this past weekend, so we made it into a fun family trip. We do wish the weather had been a little better for the beach in Virginia, but since it wasn’t we were able to squeeze in some other really cool activities instead of hanging out on the beach.
The first adventure was the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. We saw all kinds of marine life… fish, rays, crabs, snakes, turtles… SHARKS!
And we got to touch some too! I was so impressed that Maribel didn’t hesitate to stick her hand in the pool of rays or in the horseshoe crab tank. Brave girl!
We made sure to keep our eyes open for F words throughout the aquarium… including this photo panel with fish, fox, flower, and frog!
There were some neat interactive exhibits, including this one where she got to see which was heavier – brackish, salt, or fresh water.
This family selfie from the aquarium cracks me up because clearly me and daddy didn’t get the memo to stick our tongues out!
We also got to check out the Old Coast Guard Station on the VA Beach Boardwalk.
And got a little (freezing) beach time in.
We also got to visit this lighthouse in North Carolina and learn a little bit about life on a lighthouse over the river in the late 1800s.
A stop for a picnic lunch at the Dismal Swamp State Park was a highlight of the trip for Maribel. We saw some turtles on a log, so she started calling it “turtle swamp!”
One thing is for sure… we sure do know how to pack a lot into 3 days!!!