Swim with the fishes, a day at the Waikiki Aquarium

Super hot day? Head to the Waikiki aquarium. Super rainy day? head to the aquarium. Fabulously beautiful day? Get outside and enjoy it. Can’t lose really.

We save the aquarium for back-ups – as in when it’s even raining in Waikiki. I always assume it’s sunny in town, but occasionally i’m surprised by rain and we head to the aquarium (or the Discovery Center).

The aquarium has a cozy charm … or it’s just small depending on if you’re an optimist or not. It takes about an hour to zip through and by then the kids are usually ready for a snack. All the good stuff you would expect is in there – jellyfish, sharks, reef fish, anemones, giant clams, starfish, urchins. At the end you emerge into the blinding brightness of the outside world to get a closeup of a Hawaiian reef and touch some hermit crabs. There are also a couple monk seals, more fish, and baby clams.

If you do happen to visit on a sunny day, there is a big grassy area for a little picnic afterwards. Your only challenge is to make it to the exit without getting sucked into the gift shop.  Challenge extended.

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