July 6th, 2011

First day of school

Summer adventures!

Yesterday we drove out to Chestertown for the afternoon/night. We got out there around 7ish (after crawling over the Bay Bridge and hitting every single red light in Waldorf!)

We grabbed some dinner and walked around for a bit (checked out the new buildings and construction) and hung out with Dad.

It was Holly's birthday so we had a mini-birthday party! I had baked a gluten free cake (with gluten free frosting!) Afterwards, we played a crazy game of charades in teams! (It had 50 clues - craziness!) Then we all sat around and caught up.

This morning we got up and had breakfast. After saying out goodbyes we continued on to Philly!

First day of school

Adventure Aquarium!

Today we started our Philly adventure with a trip to the Adventure Aquarium (actually in NJ, but just across the bridge from Philly) Now, driving up here we saw four signs advertising it. Vanessa said it better be a good aquarium if they advertise that much and actually, it was!

Adventure Aquarium is a true waterfront treasure, featuring nearly 200,000 square feet of space, over 2 million gallons of water and 8,500 super cool animals!

The fifth largest aquarium in the country, Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos and one of only two aquariums in the country to exhibit a Hammerhead Shark. Adventure Aquarium offers numerous hands-on touch experiences including the all new Stingray Beach Club, where you can touch and hand-feed gentle and curious stingrays; Touch-A-Shark, presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ; Interactive Inlet where you can see what it feels like to touch jellies, horseshoe crabs, lobsters, grass shrimp and more; and Creature Feature, where you can reach in to touch colorful, coldwater creatures.

You can also visit with African Penguins and Grey and Harbor Seals, touch your nose to the nose of a shark in a 40-foot suspended Shark Tunnel, or visit the 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit to come face-to-face with sharks, stingrays, hundreds of schooling fish and even a 500 pound Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Adventure Aquarium also offers interactive games, FREE live shows, and up-close animal experiences where children (and adults) can come within inches of some of the planet’s coolest sea creatures.

It was really neat and we had a great time! It was the most kid-friendly aquarium that I've ever been too and we totally took advantage of that!

First day of school

Hello Philly!

So, after Adventure Aquarium we headed into downtown Philly. We checked into our hotel and then went over to Reading Market to get something to eat. Of course, I had a Philly cheese steak (with mushrooms!). Next we walked over and went to the Visitor's Center, the President's House and the Liberty Bell! It was hot, but not crowded! (Thank goodness!)

With our aquarium ticket came a Duck tour ticket! Our tour guide was very funny and we drove/sailed all over town! We saw:

Independence Hall
The Liberty Bell
Carpenter’s Hall
Ben Franklin’s Grave
The National Constitution Center
The Mint
Elfreth’s Alley
Franklin Court
Betsy Ross House
Washington Square
South Street
Franklin Square
Merchant's Exchange
Fireman's Hall Museum

It was really neat driving around and seeing everything! Of course, we got quackers at the end!

After that we went to meet some friends for dinner. Now we're back in the hotel getting ready for bed. Tomorrow we'll be seeing Independence Hall and the Constitution Hall. Then we're heading to NY! Such crazy adventures!