Boston, MA: New England Aquarium

The kids and I met up with Erica, Jonah and Julia at the New England Aquarium.  As she’s a member, admission was FREE.

Part of the adventure was taking the bus and blue line into Boston.  We had planned on meeting at 10:15 am at the entrance so we left my parent’s house around 9:30 am.  As we quickly walked down to the bus stop, we were so lucky that within minutes of arriving at the stop, the bus arrived.  The Orient Heights train station is completely renovated but super easy to use and again, within minutes, the train arrived and we were off five stops to Aquarium.

As Maebh’s favorite building in London is Big Ben, I knew she’d love the Custom House – Boston’s landmark which is a clock tower. So when we came out of the blue line station at Aquarium, there it was for her to see.

There are some seals on display outside, which the kids loved &I think the seals love the attention.

Inside there has been many changes since we were there last.  Starting with the Shark & Sting Ray touch tank. They allow you to put your hand in (keeping it still) and as the rays swim by you can pat them.  Both Soren & Jonah LOVED this part.  At one time Johan had his hand under and it was sucking on his arm.  Maebh said she did it, but putting her hand outside, but she was not yet

Downstairs was a section for jelly fish – which I thought was pretty cool.  Some were so beautiful.

As the kids were walking by the penguins, some educators were there giving a very detailed explanation to both Soren & Jonah about how too much carbon effects the waters and ultimately softens the shells of crabs and other sea creatures.

The giant tank in the center of the aquarium was closed for a year while they make the side windows larger and better for kids to view. They also created a viewing platform at the top which allows for a better place to view and learn about the tank during educational talks and demonstrations.  They have a talk with the divers who have microphones and cameras on them which project up on the screen.   They took the sharks out and have them in a holding tank nearby until something is changed with the water.

My favorites in the tank are the sea turtles – including Myrtle The Turtle.

Jonah loved the puffer fish and Soren thought the “brain plant” was cool.

We saw the seal show out the backside which was fun.  Their microphones were broken so we couldn’t actually hear a demonstration but were able to watch.  One hilarious thing was that Ursula often plays with her “favorite toy”.

The boys were playing Rock, Paper, Scissors while we waited.  Note the little Japanese tourist boy looking on.  Speaking of Japanese tourists, when we were walking from the T stop to the Aquarium a whole group of tourists were looking at Maebh and pointing.

We checked out other exhibits like the electric eel (Jonah’s favorite), the penguins, touch tank where they could touch anemones and starfish.  It was there which they showed us a rope which they took from Boston Harbor and on it were live creatures called a tunicates, etc.

We had our lunch outside at picnic tables when all of  a sudden two helicopters flew over and then again, two Chinooks.

Erica was so nice to buy the kids something special in the gift shop, which they both chose the bubble guns. Huge hit and they love them!

After we took the blue line to the orange line to the green line and out to Cleveland Circle near Boston Collage for a ride home from my parents as they were getting out of work at 3:20 pm.

Awesome day had by all!

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