Sea Life Aquarium

The first tourist-y thing we did in Texas was visit the Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine. I am nine, er, twenty-nine now. I was searching for things to do over the weekend and this is was one of the top local attractions on TripAdvisor.

The start of this day was pretty bad for me. The first weekend in my new home and I wanted to do a little exploring in either downtown Fort Worth or Dallas, but the weather took control of our activities. Then I found the aquarium while looking for indoor activities. We set our GPS and headed out. It was an easy drive north on the interstate, but when we were getting off at our exit our day got worse.

Cool Fish

While waiting at the light, we notice construction equipment next to the road and commented on the smell. “Must be the diesel,” said Zack. We turned onto the next road and we both saw smoke coming out from under the hood. OMG. WTF. We quickly found a spot in the aquarium parking lot and opened the hood. A lot more smoke floated upward.

I had my oil changed the day before on my way home from an interview. It was only a couple miles from our home, so it hadn’t started to smoke in that short of drive. Those guys forgot to put my oil cap back on. The half hour drive to Grapevine caused most of the oil to spill out all over my engine – creating the smoke.

Next, we had to find the nearest Chevrolet dealership. We called to make sure they had the item in stock. We couldn’t risk the 5 mile drive if they didn’t. Good thing they did and were open. By the time we reached the check oil light came on the dash. My husband called the place that I had my oil changed to make sure they are open. He never got angry with them on the phone, but politely said that “one of your guys forgot to put the cap back on and we had to buy a new one,” and they were sorry. We got the car back there, they cleaned the engine off, put new oil in, then refunded us the $20 for the oil cap.

Anyways, these are the shots I took at the aquarium.

Eels

Crab

Clown Fish

Sea Life Aquarium Big Aquarium

Skeleton Aquarium

Shark Mouth

Sea Life Aquarium Seahorses

Lion Fish

Sea Life Aquarium Jellyfish

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55 Comments

  1. May 29, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Arizona has a SeaLife Aquarium, but I never visited before I moved. It would be a great place to take my toddler. She would love it!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:13 pm

      It was full of kids – so kid-friendly. I’ve been told that the Dallas aquarium is much bigger, too.

  2. May 29, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    What pretty photos! I love aquariums. They are so much fun. I’m glad your vehicle is okay!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:13 pm

      Thank you! Just upsetting in the end, but there was fish to take our minds off of things.

  3. Devina
    May 29, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    I love visiting aquariums in different places! The one in Atlanta is so impressive! Now with a two year old – I can’t seem to visit them enough! He loves the fish!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      Is the Atlanta one huge? This one is pretty small, but good and clean!

  4. Saidah Washington
    May 29, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    These are some beautiful pictures you captured of your time at the aquarium.

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      Thank you!

  5. May 29, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    The NEMO FISH! πŸ™‚
    I know moving can be rough. We moved across country from California to Tennessee last June and I still feel like I’m adjusting. Maybe I won’t even fully adjust since we’re up and moving again in a year and a half! I’m impressed with how you’re out there and exploring your new area! πŸ™‚

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      I haven’t even been in my current place a year (moved in last Memorial Day) and I found out Sunday that we are terminating our lease (due to theft). Soooo….back to boxing things up!

  6. January 17, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Arizona has a SeaLife Aquarium, but I never visited before I moved. It would be a great place to take my toddler. She would love it!

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 5:58 pm

      It was full of kids – so kid-friendly. I’ve been told that the Dallas aquarium is much bigger, too.

  7. Rae
    May 29, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    I felt as if I was at the aquarium myself the pictures are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      Thanks so much!

  8. May 29, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Glad to hear that they refunded your out of pockets. I appreciate good customer service because I don’t see it as much as I would like. I love the aquarium. I went to my first one in Minnesota at the Mall of America last year. It was so pretty. I can’t wait to go back!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      I know! Disappointing day, but fun to see all the fish!

  9. January 17, 2017 / 11:43 am

    What pretty photos! I love aquariums. They are so much fun. I’m glad your vehicle is okay!

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      Thank you! Just upsetting in the end, but there was fish to take our minds off of things.

  10. May 29, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    I get so excited about visiting aquariums. The colors are so pretty and so are the different fish.

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      I was surprised at how many varieties there were considering this was inside a mall.

  11. Devina
    January 17, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    I love visiting aquariums in different places! The one in Atlanta is so impressive! Now with a two year old – I can’t seem to visit them enough! He loves the fish!

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      Is the Atlanta one huge? This one is pretty small, but good and clean!

  12. Saidah Washington
    January 17, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    These are some beautiful pictures you captured of your time at the aquarium.

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      Thank you!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      Thank you!

  13. January 17, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    The NEMO FISH! πŸ™‚
    I know moving can be rough. We moved across country from California to Tennessee last June and I still feel like I’m adjusting. Maybe I won’t even fully adjust since we’re up and moving again in a year and a half! I’m impressed with how you’re out there and exploring your new area! πŸ™‚

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      I haven’t even been in my current place a year (moved in last Memorial Day) and I found out Sunday that we are terminating our lease (due to theft). Soooo….back to boxing things up!

  14. Rae
    January 17, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    I felt as if I was at the aquarium myself the pictures are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      Thanks so much!

  15. January 17, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Glad to hear that they refunded your out of pockets. I appreciate good customer service because I don’t see it as much as I would like. I love the aquarium. I went to my first one in Minnesota at the Mall of America last year. It was so pretty. I can’t wait to go back!

    • kkinsley
      January 17, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      I know! Disappointing day, but fun to see all the fish!

  16. Lakisha
    May 29, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    As a kid I loved visiting aquariums and as I got older my love grew. I went to the aquarium in Dubai, the best one I’ve seen yet. It was in the mall and it was so cool.

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      Oh my gosh, I’d love to go to Dubai

  17. January 17, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    I get so excited about visiting aquariums. The colors are so pretty and so are the different fish.

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      I was surprised at how many varieties there were considering this was inside a mall.

  18. Ance Antovska
    January 17, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    Beautiful pictures at the aquarium Very colorful. Thanks for sharing.

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      Thanks so much Ance!

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Thank you!

  19. Lakisha
    January 17, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    As a kid I loved visiting aquariums and as I got older my love grew. I went to the aquarium in Dubai, the best one I’ve seen yet. It was in the mall and it was so cool.

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 5:16 am

      Oh my gosh, I’d love to go to Dubai

  20. maria
    May 29, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    Oh, I love the aquarium! My daughter went to the Baltimore Aquarium and loved it, God’s creatures are so amazing!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Yes, they are!

  21. Allison
    January 18, 2017 / 7:50 am

    What a day! At least you got to visit the aquarium and get these pretty pictures!

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      I know! It was our first “outing” since moving too πŸ™‚

  22. maria
    January 18, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Oh, I love the aquarium! My daughter went to the Baltimore Aquarium and loved it, God’s creatures are so amazing!

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Yes, they are!

  23. kkinsley
    January 18, 2017 / 9:49 am

    I know! I was thankful they fixed it, but I don’t plan on going back.

  24. Carol A.
    January 19, 2017 / 8:24 am

    A very unpleasant story with your machine, well, that all ended successfully. But the aquarium is beautiful, your picture to confirm this!

  25. Carol A.
    May 29, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    A very unpleasant story with your machine, well, that all ended successfully. But the aquarium is beautiful, your picture to confirm this!

  26. Ance Antovska
    May 29, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Beautiful pictures at the aquarium Very colorful. Thanks for sharing.

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      Thanks so much Ance!

  27. Allison
    May 29, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    What a day! At least you got to visit the aquarium and get these pretty pictures!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:19 pm

      I know! It was our first “outing” since moving too πŸ™‚

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