Checking out Tampa

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Back in October, while in Florida, we decided to head out to Tampa for the very first time. Neither one of us had ever been and we had a free day. We got in the rental car, hopped on the highway and jetted out to the lovely city of Tampa.
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Everything that we saw in Tampa was just so pretty looking. The entire environment is so different than being back home in New England. Sure, we have tons of coastline at home but it just doesn’t compare to the beautifulness of Tampa in general.
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Since we had never been to Tampa before and Dave loves anything fish related we thought what better way to spend the day than at the Florida Aquarium. We have visited the New England Aquarium in Boston many times before and found that the Florida Aquarium has way more to offer. We wonder if it has a lot to do with the location of the New England Aquarium, which just seems to not have much room to grow.

Any who, the day was spent walking through the aquarium and us snapping as many pictures of the amazing sea life as we could.

The aquarium also has an area with Ring Tailed Lemurs. They were quite fun but a little camera shy. It was a bit of a challenge to get the little buggers to stop and say cheese!

On the other hand some of the fish we saw were quite friendly and even tried to interact with us. Our absolute favorite was the Puffer that seemed to come over and pose. It was like he was saying to us “make sure you get my good side!”
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They had a large amount of different birds and ducks that were able to roam about freely. One particular duck did not seem fond of having his picture taken. Anytime someone approached the area that he was in he would splash around and he made sure they got a bit of a soaking. It was quite amusing and we waited around to see his next unsuspecting victims.

Obviously we couldn’t forget about the always adorable penguins. They were a little difficult to see because their enclosure windows were not very clean. We assumed it was because they were constantly moving around their space and even splashing about.
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One of our favorite things that we saw at the aquarium was a little sign with a friendly reminder in case you didn’t already know the obvious. Of course we had to take a picture of it!
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We had so much fun at the Florida Aquarium and we hope to visit again. The staff was really friendly and the animals were awesome. We suggest if you are in the area to stop in and check out all they have to offer.

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