Field Trip Friday #6: Downtown Aquarium (Denver, Colorado)

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Friday again already?


I don’t know about you, but at My Place, the Summer is flying by! Kids in our neighborhood go back to school in only 2 1/2 more weeks…


Hopefully you’ve made time for some Summer outings. If not, these brief Field Trip Friday posts are especially for you! We really have to get out of our own little worlds every now and then, don’t we?


On my most recent visit to Colorado to see Daughter the Older, Renaissance Man and I joined her for a day at Denver’s Downtown Aquarium.


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There was some interesting architecture that required looking at the fish from below—as if the viewer were at the bottom of the ocean looking up toward the sky.


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Some of the most spectacular views, though, were seen in traditional fish tanks. Look at these amazing combinations of colors and textures!


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Wouldn’t some of these pics make wonderful inspiration for tables with a COLORFUL theme?


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I think they would!


Tablescape 1

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Tablescape 4

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Tablescape 2

Click to see original post: Red Dazzle

Tablescape 3

Click to see original post: Festival of Tables Brunch—A Celebration of Gratitude


What’s the last aquarium you visited?

Was it just so-so—or inspirational?


More than you ever wanted to know…

My favorite aquarium experiences:


The spectacular jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, California)

Don’t miss it if you’re in the area!


The Sea Lab and spending the night inside the Texas State Aquarium (Corpus Christi, Texas)


The fifth grade gifted students we were chaperoning were well-mannered and settled into their sleeping bags around the 125,000 gallon Islands of Steel exhibit. The huge tank features a concave section of glass that allows viewers to step “inside” the tank and provides a breathtaking view of the underwater habitat that forms around an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Renaissance Man and I decided to put our air mattress there and sleep surrounded by sea creatures. Just as we drifted off, the most gosh-awful gutteral noises began. ALL NIGHT LONG they continued but, amazingly, none of the children or other adults woke up. As best we could tell, the we’d-never-before (or since)-heard-anything-like-it noise came from a several-hundred-pounds grouper. To say it was a L O N G night is an understatement—and it didn’t help that the air mattress went flat. Of course it did…


When morning finally came and everyone awoke, we mentioned the noise. Not a single other person had heard it! But when the aquarium staff member arrived, we learned that our position “inside” the fish tank had apparently given us prime opportunity to hear the once-a-year mating noises of the gigantic grouper. Believe me, you have not truly lived until you’ve been “in the room” with mating groupers!


  1. Bonnie Bee says:

    Susan- I think this is the MOST creative blog post I have EVER seen… WOW a talented mind you have, Lady! hope all is well..