Best day of the summer! #MightyMike

I highly recommend that everyone take off of work on a Wednesday here and there. I did just that not long ago and brought my 4 year old to go meet Mighty Mike – America’s Biggest, Baddest Alligator – who is on exhibit at Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront through Labor Day 2013.

It was the best day of the summer for us so far! We leisurely toured the Aquarium, met Mighty Mike, dipped our fingers in tanks filled with sharks, sting rays, sea urchins, sea stars, and more! We watched a mini 4D movie (SpongBob – banned from the boobtube at home but this was a treat day) and met up with a few friends for a little while.

After we had our fill of fishies, penguins, and hippos, we walked a long the waterfront for a little and discovered the ferry that takes you across the Delaware River to Philadelphia. It was set to arrive in a little bit so we made an impromptu trip to Philly! It was a beautiful day to be on the water and my son’s first boat ride.

Once we got to Philly we went on the prowl for ice cream and found the famous Franklin Fountain only a couple of blocks away. I once read a scathing review of the place some time back and was a little leery but our experience was nothing but delightful. TIP: IT’S CASH ONLY!!! (my only negative) After hunting down an ATM we enjoyed delicious ice cream. Simple chocolate for the kid and the special of the day for me.

We then explored Penns Landing as we took our time heading back to the ferry. After the ferry dropped us back off in Camden, the kid asked to go back into the Aquarium to pet the stingrays again. Not a problem since we got our hands stamped before leaving earlier! We “closed” the place down and finally headed home, tired but with lots of happy memories.