So, in sticking with our new family birthday plan of avoiding birthday parties, we decided to choose somewhere fun to go to as a family for Hannah's 2nd birthday. Her birthday isn't until September 4th, but Friday worked out best for us to head as a family to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. This aquarium is voted Top 3 on nearly every site you can find and being as we are only 90 minutes from Gatlinburg, we decided to give it a try.
Here are a few snaps from our outting:
Abigail has started asking me to take her picture when she thinks it's a good time. :)
We went through an entire exhibit about "schooling" animals. These fish like to eat dead skin off human hands.
Sidge and Abigail both gave it a try, but Sidge really stuck with it and let them nibble away.
A picture of all the kiddos, looking at the camera. A small miracle.
So overall our review on the aquarium was that it was very nice and very fun but it was a little overpriced for the outing. I don't think it is a place we will go to yearly, but every few years it might be a nice thing to add to our homeschool agenda.
We followed up the Aquarium in typical-Kitsteiner style by finding a restaurant that is ranked high on Trip Advisor and isn't your "normal" place to eat. We like to find non-chain restaurants that offer unique experiences. We also love when a place reminds us of the traveling we have done.
We found an awesome British Pub a few minutes from the Aquarium that was very fun! It was called The Fox and Parrot Tavern. It is a family-friendly restaurant that had really good food! I would definitely recommend it to anyone, but especially those of you who have spent time frequenting pubs in England.
Hard to believe my baby is turning 2 in just a few shorts days. What a piece of work she is. I'll be writing more about her very soon.