Albany, Georgia and the Flint RiverQuarium
Hi Gang, or as they say down here: "Hey, Y'all"
Just returned from another neat adventure. We drove up to Albany, GA
It was about a two hour drive, so we needed a place to stretch
once we arrived. We pulled up in front of Riverfront
and it looked like the perfect place. It had a huge
playground will all kinds of really neat rides. My favorite was
the slide. Instead of a smooth sliding board, it had rollers, it
was a bumpy ride but very fast.
The park was a community effort, and was inspired by the story "Stone
Soup". Except, instead of stone soup, they created "turtle stew"
which became the theme of the park. There are several statues of
turtles in various colorful variations.
There is a plaque on one wall which
tells the story of the park and its theme
The centerpiece of the
park is a large concrete turtle with a rubber covered shell. This
made it easy to climb on. We climbed up for a group picture.
Since it was almost noon, we had a picnic lunch at the park, using the
back of a giant alligator for a table!
One next stop, actually the reason for the trip, was the Flint
, just down the block. The first thing we did was
see an IMAX
movie on the exploration of the Grand Canyon
scenes of flying through the gorge were awesome! Morgan and Sarah had both visited the Grand Canyon National Park
last year. Morgan said it was gorgeous.
|The entrance to the Riverquarium
||Waiting for the IMAX movie to start
After that we toured a special exhibit on venomous creatures.
That was spooky. There is even one exhibit where you crawl under
the platform and stick you head up in a plastic bubble. We came
face to face with a diamondback rattlesnake.
The water tank held stingrays,
which we could pet and feed. I
decided to stay away from the water on that one.
We then went over to the main museum. We saw all kinds of aquatic
creatures, turtles, alligators, and a wide variety of fish. The
aquarium is designed around a blue hole spring which we could view from
both under the water and above the surface.
|The Blue Hole is visible at the surface
||and deep under water
Here are some of the things we saw:
After we were done, and were dragged out of the gift shop, we went back to the park.
We sat and watched the Flint River flow under
the railroad bridge.
|We stretched out by rolling down the hill.
We were all
hungry again. So we drove over to the Longhorn Steakhouse
dinner. Their lobby had another kind of fish we didn't see at the
Riverquarium, a longhorn salmon!
Finally it was time to head home, with a bunch of sleepy kids in the
'til next time,