As the weather’s gotten colder, we’ve followed the advice we’ve received and checked out the Adventure Aquarium. It’s a great aquarium for kids. Lots of sharks and touch pools and exotic colorful fish to see. Plus hippos and crocodiles and other charismatic megafauna. And it’s mostly indoors so it is indeed a great place to spend a cold winter day. I’m less impressed with it as an adult—I appear to be a weirdo who would have liked the original aquarium that no one visited because it featured only native fish—since it’s all exotic non-native fish and reminds me of why I find zoos to be so frustrating. It’s a collection of animals that look interesting, not a great education space. And while it offers good experiences to kids who want to learn the basics and see things in real life, I’m already wondering when my kids will outgrow it. I don’t think about this with Monterey, or even the Academy of Sciences. But then I haven’t outgrown either of those myself. They did however have Santa in one of the tanks though. That was indeed very cool and a big hit with the kids.