This past spring while my stepfather was having radiation in Tampa my son and I were lucky enough to sneak in a visit to the Florida Aquarium while visiting him. This was my sons first trip to an aquarium and having never been to the Florida Aquarium i wasn't really sure what to expect! I spent awhile looking over their website and making a list of the things that I knew he would love to see and things he would love to do!
We started by purchasing our tickets which from the nice guy behind the ticket window. An adult ticket cost $21.95 and a child cost $16.95! For some reason they didn't charge me for my son...I think they may have been taking pity on him because of the large cast he was sporting on his foot or maybe the guy behind the window didn't know what he was doing.
With tickets in hand the first thing that my son wanted to do was to see the stingrays! The stingrays are located on the first floor of the aquarium and are just one of the many wonderful exhibits! We moved along and made our way up to the second floor where we got to see turtles, snakes, birds, sharks, fish and so much more.
One of our favorite parts of our trip aside from all of the amazing sea life was all of the educational exhibits that are scattered throughout the aquarium. The place is a wealth of education full of interactive exhibits for any little one who is eager to learn.
After we had made our way through the aquarium not once but twice we made our way outside and had lunch under a covered patio. The aquarium has its own restaurant but we packed our own. Then my son played in the outdoor water play area for a few hours....he loved this just as much as he did the aquarium.
Overall we really enjoyed our day trip and look forward to visiting again sometime in the future! It was totally worth the money that we spent to visit!