The girls have always loved aquariums. For years, Meg informed everyone she would one day be a marine biologist. As a preschooler, she regularly watched Jonathan Bird's Blue World. We have made regular visits to the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut and the Woods Hole Aquarium on Cape Cod. Five years ago (I can't believe it has been that long!), we took an Oceanquest Hands On Discovery Cruise out of Woods Hole. An overnight at the Baltimore Aquarium was undoubtedly a great fit for us.
Our sleepover started with dolphins. After dropping off our bags, we headed to the Dolphin Discovery Amphitheater. We spent our time with the two male dolphins, Beau and Foster, and quite simply fell in love. Foster has an adorable underbite that makes him easy to identify. Beau is big and friendly. The moment captured in the first image below in which both Beau and Foster simultaneously put their chins on the edge of the pool was perhaps our favorite point of the evening.
We were woken up at 6:45 a.m. and after a quick breakfast, continued our adventures. The morning activities included watching a 4D movie about dolphins (4D means you actually get wet when the dolphins splash on screen, wind blows in the theater and sometimes your seat even jolts). We said good morning to Beau and Foster as the curtain was opened on the dolphin exhibit. Beau swam to the window to greet everyone. We then watched stingrays being fed. After the official sleepover schedule ended, we returned to the Dolphin Discovery area to say goodbye. Clare, in particular, became very fond of the two dolphins during the sleepover. I've already started researching whether there is any possibility of a dolphin cruise when we are in New England later this summer.