A Visit To The National Aquarium and National Harbor | Maryland

September 28, 2016

National Harbor
I know I say this a lot on the blog but man do I LOVE traveling! Regardless if I’m taking a 48 hour trip to St. Louis or spending two weeks in Paris, traveling is my absolute favorite hobby. Speaking of St. Louis and Paris, I can’t wait to spend Thanksgiving in St. Louis and Christmas in Paris this year! Someone asked me recently if there’s a such thing as “traveling to much” and “if traveling so often starts to loss its appeal” and honestly all I could say was “no!” I explained to them that it’s similar to my current monthly Disney trips situation. Growing up I used to visit Disney only once a year and I would literally count down the months until August (which is when we would visit). All the counting down and built up anticipation is what made those trips even more magical. Now I visit the Disney Parks basically every month (which is kind of insane since I live in Chicago/no where near Disney World or Disneyland) and yet that anticipation and excitement is still there! It’s the same with traveling. I could literally take a trip every week (I practically live at the airport now as it is) and it would never loss it’s appeal to me. There’s just so much to see and discover in this beautiful world of ours and I want to explore it all! Speaking of traveling, while I was in DC last weekend, I took a little day trip to the National Aquarium and National Harbor (not in the same day but since they’re both located in Maryland, I thought I would just combine the two trips into one post!). The Capital WheelThe Capital Wheel
While I was at National Harbor I got to ride the Capital Wheel, which was very similar to the new Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier here in Chicago (although no view could ever bet the Chicago skyline, just saying!). Unlike the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier, which usually does three rotations around, the Centennial Wheel went around SEVEN times!National Harbor Marilyn MonroeNational Harbor Bulldog StatueNational Harbor Rosie the RiveterV-J Day in Times Square National Harbor
One of my FAVORITE things about National Harbor was all the amazing artwork it had located throughout it. As you all know, I’m a HUGE art lover!National Aquarium
Visiting the National Aquarium, aka the Baltimore Aquarium, has been on my bucket list for years now! I LOVE the Shed Aquarium and the Florida Aquarium, so I was super excited to finally get to experience the National Aquarium. National AquariumNational Aquarium Shark AlleyNational Aquarium Turtles
Seeing the divers feed the turtles and other sea-life at the National Aquarium really got me excited for my trip to the Bahamas next month since I’ll be scuba diving while I’m there! Although I’m SUPER excited (scuba diving has been on my bucket list for years now and who knows the next time I’ll be in the Bahamas so of course I jumped at the opportunity), I’m also super nervous.National AquariumNational Aquarium Dolphin ShowNational Aquarium Upside Down TreeNational Aquarium National Aquarium Clown Fish
Hey look, it’s Dory and Nemo! Just kidding, it’s a Clown Fish and Blue Tang (we all know Dory and Nemo live in Australia not Baltimore!).National Aquarium Jellies Invasion National Aquarium Jellies Invasion National Aquarium Jellies Invasion
I absolutely loved the National Aquarium Jellies Invasion exhibit (it definitely recommend me of the jellyfish exhibit at the Shed Aquarium a few years ago!). Jellyfish are such interesting creatures and I love learning more about them. While I was the National Aquarium I even got to TOUCH an actual jellyfish! When it comes to animal encounters, touching a jellyfish is definitely up there with the time I got to feed a giraffe in Tampa!