New Jersey: Adventure Aquarium + Pennsylvania: An Afternoon in Philadelphia

Hullo All!

Going out of town is quite a rare thing for me, more so is going out of town with my family or my boyfriend. 

In October, I was lucky enough to go to a location combination twice: Camden, NJ's Adventure Aquarium and Philly! I've been wanting to go to both for a while because I am 1.) in much need of a Change in Scenery, 2.) searching for a breather from life's monotony and 3.) some new quality time with my favorite people.

I went to Adventure Aquarium, first, with my boyfriend. It was such a beautiful day, and a very pleasant 1.5 hour car ride to Camden! It's easy to imagine getting away from it all on such a fine fall day.

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The view from the aquarium entrance! Just a hop, skip and a jump away from a whole new state: Pennsylvania! Hello Philly! 

A big tip of mine if you are thinking of visiting Adventure Aquarium: Come Early on a Weekday. 

Now that school is underway, there are a lot of school trips and crowds that come on the weekdays, and also especially on the weekends when everyone's off from work and school. Coming early, even on a weekday too, ensures that you don't have to compete with anyone for a view of the animals, and it feels nice to have the whole aquarium to yourself!

In fact, since my boyfriend and I were one of the first visitors that day (it was a Wednesday, by the way!) we got a special treat and one of the caretakers brought us up to the top of the tank where the sharks and turtles were. She said that it was rare for them to open it up, since if they did, more people would want access as well. So, they'd only open it up when there are a few people in the aquarium. We were so lucky, and we got to ask more questions about the animals because of it! I learned so much!

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There was a photobooth in the museum, and I'm so glad that my boyfriend is game to take a few cheesy snaps with me. To have someone to share some silly times with is hard to find, and such a blessing! *cheeseballs*

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Selfie with the aquarium's 25-year old loggerhead sea turtle and hammerhead sharks turned into a group pic with one of the volunteer divers! Hiiii!

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Jellyfish are so mesmerizing. Take a look at these squishies! 

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The second time I went, only a few weeks later, was with my family. My brother had been wanting to go since winter, but no one dared drive that far yet. But when I volunteered to drive, everyone climbed onboard and headed off with us.

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Here's an almost asymmetrical sibling shot!

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I don't get to say or admit it enough, but having family days are something I treasure. Coming to a place like this where you can see the natural wonders of our world remind me that I always have one of those with me at home. *more cheeseballs*

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Casting some bubblehead charms so we can breath underwater!

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Some obligatory Philly Cheesesteaks after a long morning at the aquarium. When my boyfriend and I cam to Philly a couple of weeks before, we ate at Mac's Tavern, a bar and restaurant owned by some cast members of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I wasn't craving a cheesesteak then though, so I had a chicken cutlet sandwich instead.

But upon my return with my family, I craved it. And so after a quick hello to the Liberty Bell, we headed over to Sonny's where I had an amazing Pizza Cheesesteak. 

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The final stop before heading back to East Jersey was Artist & Craftsman Supply on Market Street. It reminded me of a smaller version of Blick in Manhattan, but it felt rawer and had an indie store vibe. 

Next time, I plan to spend more time in Philadelphia. I don't want it to just be a short lunch-time trip anymore!