Colin was feeling antsy in the hotel (as if our two bedroom apartment wasn't small enough, he was not too pleased with our one room living arrangement), so we decided to take a very quick trip to the aquarium. Here he is checking out a starfish in the touch tank.
Enjoying the fish in the coral reef exhibit.
All he really wanted to do was be able to run around and burn off some steam. It was a little bit challenging since the place was kind of crowded but we managed. It was a chilly day so we were glad to have somewhere to go that was indoors. Our original plan was to go to the zoo on this day but it was too chilly.
I think this was the electric eel exhibit. Does this now count as a 'working vacation'? (I work with a species of electric fish, much smaller and less dangerous than the eel)
We arrived at the aquarium about 2 hours before it closed, but it turned out to be the perfect amount of time for Colin.
In the plaza near the aquarium.
We ended up visiting the Cincinnati Zoological Gardens later in the trip when we got some nice weather.We had originally planned on going to an indoor water park as well but Colin was very nervous about the pool at both hotels so we decided not to push it with a water park visit. I personally love zoos, and aquaria so it was fun for me too! The nice weather made it a great way to spend the day. I may have said this before but Colin was really flexible for us with his nap time. On our Zoo day we took him out in the morning and didn't return to the hotel until 2ish. Since he typically naps at 11 we knew we were pushing our luck but he was a champ.
As far as zoos go this one was pretty good. I never think the exhibits are big enough, but these at least didn't make me ill. They had the most amazing variety of felids (aka cats) I've ever seen in a zoo. All zoos have the big cats, but this zoo had (I just looked it up) 13 species of small cats including my favorite the ocelot! More than any other zoo in North America. I just kept walking to around the cat house with my jaw on the floor. Species I had only seen in one book ever!! It was pretty awesome. Again the exhibits could have been larger but they were well designed at least. The downside: it smelled like 13 varieties of small cats lived there. Small price to pay in my opinion.
While the cat house was my favorite part of the zoo, feeding the giraffes was a close second. I have a huge affection for giraffes. I was actually a little disappointed that Colin wasn't too afraid to feed them the crackers we bought. We weren't allowed to touch them but it was still really cool. Giraffes are traditionally non-contact animals because of their razor sharp hooves so I was excited to see that the zoo came up with a way to make them approachable.
If you still havn't had your fix of vacaiton pictures I've posted a few more here: