Katie Kinsley

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

Be sure to check out some other spots in Texas here.

55 Responses

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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™‚

    1. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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™‚

    1. 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. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

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

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

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

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