For Sarah’s birthday this year we decided to surprise her and take the girls to The Gulfarium. It turns out it’s only an hour drive and it was a great success! Sarah kept saying we were going to a “sueprise” and kept asking if there were going to be animals. Clever girl was on to us.
The moment we walked through the aquarium doors both girls were speechless. They went straight to the portholes where they saw dolphins swimming.
I think Sarah’s face says it all…
They both really loved the giant aquarium
Waving to the fishies
We spent the afternoon looking at all the different habitats while also going to see the dolphin show and then a sea lion show.
Checking out the shark moat
Lookout point where Sarah and Stephen went to view the beach, alligators and giant turtles.
Checking out the sting rays. Some of them were huge. They shared the tank with baby sharks, which I think were hammerheads.
Stephen got Sarah an ice cream sandwich as a birthday treat.
Then, at the Dolphin Show, a complete stranger, a teenage girl, gave Sarah a sea lion stuffed animal. She held on to it like it was the best present in the world.
At the end of our visit we let the girls play at The Sea Lion Beach. It’s a great little area with sand and beach toys for kids to play with. A great little area to sit down and relax, until you tell kids it’s time to go, haha. Kids never wanna leave a giant sand mound, especially when there are lots of other little kiddos around. We saw many “noooo, I don’t wanna leave” tantrums take place. It works out though because it makes all the parents feel good that there kid isn’t the only one ;)
A giant chair picture, because why not…
While leaving the house that morning Sarah got to open up a card she got in the mail. She carefully peeled the envelope and was very excited when she saw a picture of flowers and I told her it was a Birthday Card from GG. She kept stating “A Birthday card for ME?” in question form. Silly kid.
A well deserved nap on the car ride home.
Happy 3rd Birthday, sweet girl!