Our Family Trip to the Houston Downtown Aquarium (with photos)

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I am finally getting around to posting more of the pictures from our recent trip to Houston.  This was our day at the city aquarium downtown.  Following last night's hurricane which blasted the area there, I sincerely hope that this facility was unharmed, and I hope the staff and animals are safe, too.  Now, on to the fun stuff!

I wouldn't honestly be surprised if at least one of my kids ends up being a marine biologist.  They ALWAYS ask to go to the city aquarium when we travel out of Austin, and this recent trip was no different. 

 

Here's Pam with Abby in the special "photo op" boat with scenic background near the entrance:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here, Abby comes face-to-face with the mighty...ummm....some big fish whose name I can't recall:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you tell that Aleah likes fish?  Interestingly, I have many photos of myself as a kid doing the same thing with my mouth during soccer games or other times when I was intensely concentrating on something.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This picture was taken after we decided to imprison our daughters in a small glass bubble under the "touch me" tank with sharks and sting rays, much like General Zod and his henchmen in "Superman 2".  Actually, it is pretty cool to check things out from underneath.  I had to look, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before you exit the aquarium, they have two rare (and somewhat random) white tigers on display.  In a display of rampant tourism, we opted for a family photo under the "attacking" tiger's watchful gaze.  Unfortunately, Aleah was obscured by me and Brandon, so you only get a small glimpse of her hair in this shot:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soon, I will post my final set of photos from our trip, when we went to the Houston Zoo.  Thanks for checking these out!

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Melody Botting
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Great pics Jason.  Thanks for posting during the aftermath of the storm.  My heart is breaking for my friends there.

Sep 13, 2008 11:06 AM #1
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MEL - Thanks!  I also feel for those who were affected by this storm.

Sep 13, 2008 12:06 PM #2
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Jeremy Blanton
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Once again Jason, some wonderful pictures, now only if we could do something about your son's shirt...

Sep 13, 2008 12:13 PM #3
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Jer - You're right.  Hopefully, the next Cowboys shirt will read "SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS 2008".  Actually, these were taken on the same day as the museum pics you saw previously.

Sep 13, 2008 12:16 PM #4
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Lourdes Hoglo REALTOR® Three Village & North Shore Suffolk Co. Long Island
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Jason, the aquarium looks like a great place to spend the day. Very nice family pictures! It looks like everyone had a great time!

Sep 13, 2008 01:27 PM #5
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Simon Conway
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Very cool Jason! I always thought one of my girls would be a marine biologist for similar reasons, but at the end of the day and as they approach college they seem to have realized that there's not a lot of income in that field. One is doing pre law and the other goes off to college next year and is looking at journalism.

Sep 13, 2008 03:00 PM #6
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LOURDES - It was a lot of fun!  Thanks for stopping by!

SIMON - I know that's true, so it will be interesting to see how things turn out.  It sounds like you have some sharp girls.

Sep 13, 2008 03:25 PM #7
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Chastity Guevara
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My son is really into that kind of thing too!  Looks like a lot of fun.

Sep 13, 2008 03:36 PM #8
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CHASTITY - Cool!  It was a great time.  My son is our resident fish expert, but my seven-year old daughter is very sharp about marine life, too.

Sep 13, 2008 04:20 PM #9
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Hi Jason... if you're gonna be the dad of a marine biologist you're gonna have to do better than "some big fish whose name I can't recall"!.  You have a beautiful family... that's a lot to be proud of these days!  I hope y'all will make up to Dallas to visit your mom soon so we get a chance to meet up.

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STEVE - I have a marine biologist who remembers all of that stuff for me.  Unfortunately, he wasn't available when I was writing the post.  I also hope to make a visit to Dallas in the next couple of months.  Maybe we can grab lunch!

Sep 13, 2008 04:37 PM #11
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Don Rogers
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Jason, It looks like the whole family had a great time.  BTW, Brandon looks just like you.

Sep 14, 2008 03:18 AM #12
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DON - I have heard that before, believe it or not.  :)  Brandon is my "Mini Me".  Yes, we had a great time that day!

Sep 14, 2008 03:24 AM #13
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Jim Frimmer
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That's one of the few aquariums and zoos that I have not been to yet. The Century 21 International Convention is in San Antonio next year in March. We're planning a side trip either to Austin or to Houston. That will probably depend on whether Houston has recovered.

Sep 14, 2008 07:51 PM #14
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Sharon Tara
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I love these photos...great job.  What a fun day your family had!  I love days like these.  It is so important to create memories of "family days" for our children.

Sep 15, 2008 03:06 AM #15
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Shannon Gilmore, CRS
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How did the aquarium do during the storm?  It looks like a great time for the whole family.  When my kids were little and even when they were bigger they always enjoyed anything with wildlife.  It is such a great way to learn!  Thanks for sharing.

Sep 16, 2008 10:59 AM #16
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Shannon - I honestly don't know how it fared, since we were there before the storm was a concern.  It was a blast when we went, though.

Sep 16, 2008 11:27 AM #17
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I've NEVER been to an aquarium, Jason -  looks like alot of fun.      

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