Saturday, April 25, 2015

Newport Aquarium: Explore Your Town Series Part 4

Part 4 in the Explore Your Town Series features the Newport Aquarium, and it is absolutely a MUST SEE for the MidWest! It is located right along the Ohio River in Newport, Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Admission is as follows:
Adults 13-64 years: $23 (annual pass, $45)
Children 2-12 years: $15 (annual pass $29)
Seniors 65+: $23 (annual pass $40)
Full details on pricing can be found here. It was voted Number 1 by travelers and readers over at 10 Best! Yes, that's right, Number 1 in the United States! That's a pretty big feat! They have a number of exhibits of distinction that have helped propel them to the top of that list.
Newport has many temporary exhibits. They are known for a variety of exhibits as well. New in 2015, you can find the otters in Canyon Falls.

Coming in Mid-April of 2015, there will be a new "Shark Walk," exhibit, which will suspend over the shark tank, and visitors are invited to walk across! The Aquarium will also be introducing Hammerhead sharks as well!! The Newport Aquarium is probably most famous already for the way that they exhibit their sharks with a HUGE underwater viewing gallery in one portion of the tour, and then through tunnels as you pass through other exhibits and places in the Aquarium.

A couple of my favorite exhibits besides the NEW adorable otters and the sharks would have to be the Jellyfish and who doesn't love Penguins? The shore gallery was a lot of fun as well-being able to pet and touch the sea anenemomes and starfish. You can also pet sharks in Shark Central, if you're daring enough!! Then, there are the albino alligators in Gator Alley, and you might also be lucky enough to see Might Mike, who is an impressive 14 feet long and 800 pounds!!

I am currently looking into obtaining my own Annual Pass, since I am now a resident. It pays for itself in 2 visits! It's an excellent value if you live within driving distance. There is so much to see and do on the Levee, from lunch, arcade games, movie theaters and bars. You can spend an entire day overlooking the beautiful Ohio River and the skyline of Cincinnati!

Until next time,
 Happy travels!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

March Twitter Round Up

This round up will re-examine my travels from the month through my non expert photography (ha!), foreign and domestic. It will also give you more of a glimpse into my personal life. So, that you can get to me! I'm fairly personable in all of my posts, but here, you'll actually be able to see what I do with some of my downtime as well!


Two of my all time favorite pastimes: bubble baths and margaritas. I thoroughly enjoy taking a nice long soak after work, and engaging in some adult beverages. In March, I got a bottle of Jose Cuervo's Special Edition Silver Tequila. It was yummy!! Oh, and I tried Raspberry Chocolate Chip ice cream for the first time. If you've never had it, add it to your "to-do list," it comes highly recommended!! 

Camping anyone? First of all, AirBNB posted the above left photo (on twitter) of a boat hotel?! HOW COOL IS THAT? It also has a grill on it. This is officially on my Must Travel list (ha!). It's almost summer. So camping is of  course a "hot topic," for those not brave enough to weather the elements! ;)

Snuggles with my Bengal, Jeter. Isn't he just the sweetest?

Selfie of moi trying the Long Island Lemoncello from Olive Garden. It was on the lemon-y side, btw. 

NOT a selfie (but a girl can dream!) I RT'd (ReTweeted) this because it was absolutely beautiful!

In a random late night conversation with my wonderful little sister, we both turned on the compass app on our respective phones, and the Compass was at 333 degrees Northwest for her and 3 degrees North for me. We were kind of freaking out. (We live just 100 miles away from each other, by the way)

Thank you Expedia! Don't forget, you can take alcohol in your carry-on, as long is it adheres to the 3 ounce rule!!! 

Here is Blue II, the previous mascot for Butler University in Indianapolis, taking a potty break at the University of Notre Dame. I HAD to post this when Butler played Notre Dame in the NCAA Basketball Championship!! I'm a PROUD Butler Alumni! So sad they didn't beat ND. :(

Throwback Thursday to FIVE YEARS AGO on my vacation to see my lifetime pen pal in San Antonio!! It was so much fun!! She's now in Austin, and I can not wait to visit with her again! She and I have been pen pals since about the 2nd grade. I'm now 27! 

And, in closing, my two FAVORITE selfies from my most recent visit to the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky. I won't share too much, as a blog post will be coming in the coming in the next few days, but these pictures:
1) will be framed &
2) are simply amazing (if I do say so myself). 

I hope you've enjoyed my photographic review of March, from Twitter! 

Until next time, 

Happy travels!