Yesterday, Punkin, Jon, Jude and I went to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. It was a nice day and after we were done at the aquarium, we walked around the harbor and docks. It was perfect picture-taking time for me. Weather was perfect (it was sunny and cool). At the end, we ate an early dinner at the Parker Lighthouse. Now those of you who don't know that I am obsessed with lighthouses...well...I am obsessed with lighthouses!!! So to have dinner in one was quite special for me. In fact, one of my long time dreams is to spend the night in one of the bed & breakfast places attached to a lighthouse along the northern coast. Big Sur was my favorite place when we took a family trip a few years back...taking Pacific Coast Highway all the way up to San Francisco. It was amazing! Anyway, I have been to the Long Beach Aquarium a few times. It's a good place to take your children since it's educational. However, one warning: admission is fairly less than other places around SoCal (Disneyland???) so it may seem like the perfect day outing but once you factor in the $8 for parking and the cost of having to buy tickets for every person for every show (majority of show tickets are sold separately from admission tickets)...it can get a little costly. Nevertheless, it is something you need to experience. It has something for everyone at every age. Older children will have a blast petting the sting rays and sharks and if you are definitely not okay with that, there are many other interactive exhibits. With a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species, this aquarium is a must-see if you find yourself in southern California. This is also the site of the historic Queen Mary ship. WARNING: Picture Overload Ahead!
|Punkin looking out at the Queen Mary|
|The Queen Mary|
|Eyes closed...have to try again|
It was "under construction" but still pretty awesome!