Visiting Family in Miami & Seaquarium Experience

by Melanie Edwards on December 30, 2008 · 5 comments

in Baby Girl, toddlers

We went to Miami this past weekend to visit my husband’s family. Actually we were in the Ft. Lauderdale area and only hit Miami when we went to the Seaquarium. But, you get the idea.

Baby girl had fun visiting with her uncle, grandma, and cousins. She acted up a little bit at times and would be whiny, but that’s expected when outside the normal routine and not at home.

On Saturday, we decided to go to the Miami Seaquarium. Dolphins, whales, seals – magical swimming animals – it’s a little girl’s dream. I thought baby girl might enjoy the shows since she loves to see dolphins and whales on TV. And, seeing them in action and as part of shows has to be more fun than just walking around the zoo, right?


Baby girl did NOT like the shows. She did NOT like seeing the dolphin up close and was only ok with seeing them swim by through the underwater window.

By the time we got to the second show – Flipper’s Show! – she didn’t even want to wait for the show to start.

“I’m all done with the shows. I want to go home!”

So, 2 hours at the seaquarium and $100 later, we headed back to the car and went “home”…to the hotel. Lesson learned.

I can’t really say I blame her for not liking the shows. They’re NOTHING like the Sea World shows.

Here’s a quick video I took of the only show we caught: Golden Dome Sea Lion Show.

Miami Seaquarium Sea Lion Show from Melanie Edwards on Vimeo.

Yea, that IS butt-slapping the seals are doing. Fun, huh?

Now that we’ve learned our lesson, we’ll be searching for FREE tickets to Disney as we don’t want a repeat of this experience should baby girl decide she doesn’t want to see Mickey. You got any hook-ups? 😉

Have you had similar experiences with your kids?

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Philippa December 30, 2008 at 12:58 pm

That is too funny. I guess predicting your children’s reactions aren’t that easy.

Well I just may have Disney hook-ups. My cousin’s husband works there. So we will have to talk about that.


2 Melody December 30, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Oh, how sad! Sorry you guys didn’t have a very fun time!


3 Melanie (Modern Mami) December 30, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Phil! I would love you forever. LOL

Melody, it was sad indeed. 🙁


4 Moms At Work December 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm

We have these kinds of experiences basically any time we do anything out of the usual routine….the last was at the San Diego Zoo. Our two-year-old wanted nothing more than to run away from us and cling to the underwater glass at the hippo exhibit. It was excruciating. This is why I am usually a hermit.


5 Melanie (Modern Mami) December 30, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Yea I don’t blame you on the hermit thing. It can be really aggravating.


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