This past Saturday, our little clan decided to venture past the confines of our home and take on the city of New Orleans, as if we were tourists. Our plan was to leave home around 9 A.M. in hopes of arriving at the River Walk before the heat and humidity took over. Unfortunately, we didn’t leave home until after 10 A.M., so when we arrived at the River Walk there was no escaping the heat and humidity. We decided to visit the Audubon Aquarium instead.
When we arrived at the aquarium, Taylor’s eyes were as wide as an ocean! Upon entering the aquarium, there is a beautiful silver, scaled, waterfall that mimics the fin of a fish. Her eyes were drawn to the waterfall. I think she also found the sound of the water familiar as we often select the waterfall option on her sound machine at night time.
Taylor’s favorite part of our visit was the arched tank that we passed through to get to the Caribbean Reef section. I’m pretty sure the lights from the tank and the colorful reefs and fishes were very stimulating. She kept pointing away at the sea creatures that swam by. She especially liked stingrays; she was enamored by them the entire visit. We took lots of pictures of her looking around and pointing, with a serious face. She also enjoyed the jellyfish since they were so bright and colorful.
Taylor snacked once we were in the middle of our tour. There was a small auditorium that allowed visitors the opportunity to snack and view a tank of sharks. At this point in our tour Taylor appropriately snacked on goldfish crackers and started pushing her stroller around the open area. This area was definitely the “cut your children loose and let them go wild” part of the tour! There was no getting Taylor back into her stroller, so we decided to conclude our visit. On our way out we picked up a souvenir T-shirt for her that featured a hippy-styled frog with the words, “Peace, Love, and Hoppiness.” I look forward to watching her discover and enjoy more new things.