on October 10, 2000
One of the highlights of our vacation to Tarpon Springs was taking a trip to the Florida Aquarium, about an hour away. It is a little pricey, $12.00 for adults along with the $4.00 for parking. The exhibits are arranged along a gradual spiral, so you can start at the top and work your way down to the bottom without missing anything. When you first walk in there is a small pool where you can actually touch small nurse, and tiger sharks as they swim by. There is a large wetlands display adjacent to this area incorporating natural sunlight from the glass walls and roof of the building, allowing trees and other vegetation to flourish. All the animals contained in the habitats are uncovered, and could be touched, although this is not encouraged. There are birds flying around, turtles, fish, otters, even alligators, which are in fact enclosed. The saltwater displays that I found impressive were the anenome tanks, containing all sorts of unbelieveable sea creatures, and especially the sea horses. I was blown away by these yellow sea horses which resembled delicate, flowing, underwater plant life. If you ever get there do not miss them, they alone are worth the trip!
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