One of the big recommendations that we got about Anna Maria Island was to "go to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium". And they were right! Such a cool aquarium. Weston was in awe over all the fish and could have stayed there forever! It was a rainy, gloomy day, but we had so much fun!
The turtle playing in the plastic bar is actually blind. His name is Hang Tough, and he definitely is tough. He was rescued after being injured in both of his optical nerves.
The turtle on the left is named Caleb, and is a Kemps ridley sea turtle, which is the rarest sea turtle on the planet.
The second aquarium we visited was Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, FL. Our good friends were in Florida at the same time as we were, so we decided to meet up for the day there. This aquarium wasn't as large or diverse as Mote, but it was cool just the same. Especially because Winter and Hope (the dolphins from the Dolphin Tale movies!) live there! I couldn't get a picture of them because the crowds around them were pretty thick, but it was cool seeing a movie star just the same. :)
After the aquarium, we took a free trolley ride (that the kids LOVED!) to the second part of Clearwater Aquarium. It's a big warehouse with a ton of memorabilia from the Dolphin Tale movies. It was cool seeing it all, and the kids had fun playing the games.
I'm so glad that we got to spend the day with Melissa's family! I love them all so much, and I can't wait for our kids to become best friends! :)