Meh.

When I first moved here, I compared almost everything to Boston. And almost every time, Boston won. I think, finally, after 10 years, I have moved past that and there are plenty of things here that I can honestly say are better than home. But the Aquarium is not one of them.

There was some cool stuff. Just not enough.

There was some cool stuff. Just not enough.

The local aquarium here (actually in New Jersey) is ok. And I admit that I might just be spoiled because there are probably thousands of towns and cities across the US who don’t have anything nearly as great as our local aquarium, but I’m here to tell you: it’s no big whoop.

Why do kids love these hanging sheets of plastic? No matter where they are (we've seen them at the Please Touch Museum and the zoo) he is drawn to them like a magnet to metal.

Why do kids love these hanging sheets of plastic? No matter where they are (we’ve seen them at the Please Touch Museum and the zoo) he is drawn to them like a magnet to metal.

We spent the day there today — about 2.5 hours — and I think we saw it all. We even saw some things twice (and some three and four times!) I don’t think we could have spent longer there if we wanted to — and it wasn’t cheap to get in, either.

I have a photo like these from each of the three times we've been here -- the first of which was when he was under 2 years old.

I have a photo like these from each of the three times we’ve been here — the first of which was when he was under 2 years old.

The frozen tundra outside.

The frozen tundra outside.

The Who had some fun, for sure. He could have watched the “Shark Cage” movie a hundred more times, but ultimately, I have to say: Adventure Aquarium? Meh. Especially when compared with the New England Aquarium with its enormous spiral tank, dolphin shows on an attached boat, and huge hands-on room. Granted, it’s been years since I’ve been back to my “home” aquarium, but this is the third time I’ve been to the local one and the third time I’ve been underwhelmed. Just sayin’.

He weighed as much as a "juvenile shark" and I weighed as much as an adult one. I guess that's appropriate.

He weighed as much as a “juvenile shark” and I weighed as much as an adult one. I guess that’s appropriate.

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