Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Underwater Adventures

Every weekend we make it a point to go out and explore Minnesota. Contrary to what others may think, Minnesota has so much more to offer other than farmland and livestock. It may not be as fashion forward as NYC or as paparazzi-infested as LA but it's an interesting place nonetheless.

Last Saturday we really wanted to visit the Minnesota zoo but decided to postpone it to another weekend when the weather is warmer. Instead, we spent the afternoon at the Underwater Adventures Aquarium in Mall of America. I was really curious about it's marine life display. According to its website, Discovery Channel calls it the World's Best Shark Encounter.

Was it? Well, I've always been a big fan of giant aquariums and the underwater tunnels never fail to fascinate me and leave me mesmerized. I wouldn't say it's the world's best but what impressed me was the fact that we were 14ft underwater inside a mall! This was also the first time we brought Bud to an aquarium so it made the experience even more memorable. He seemed to be as enthralled as i was looking at the different marine life. Funny story, we encouraged him to reach out to the fish and touch the glass. One time, P caught Bud touching and stroking the sweater of the girl beside him! Hehehehe...

Going back to the Underwater Adventures...what sets this apart from the other aquariums is it's one long aquarium where you can view all the different river, reef and deep sea creatures all from a tunnel 14ft beneath the surface. The tunnel starts with the wild Amazon where you can revel at the Catfish, Gar, Piranha and giant Arapaima. Then it transitions to the deep sea with all the Sharks and Stingrays. It ends with the Rainbow Reef where you can find all the colorful and playful little fish. I enjoyed the Wild Amazon the most bec it's the first time I've seen Amazon display from an underwater tunnel.

The fee is P19 for adults and the pass is good for the whole day. So if you want to stay the whole day or come back to unwind and relax after shopping, you can! Not bad, right?

We only spent an hour inside because i had another agenda in MOA. I got my Sophie shoes from Vans! Yes, it was what i expected it to be. It was sleek and very comfortable. P says they look like golf shoes. Can't wait for the weekend to wear my new shoes.

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