We were treated to a tour by the Aquarium's director, and we really enjoyed the focus on marine sanctuaries around the country. Some were places we knew–the Florida Everglades, the Keys, the Great Lakes–while others, like Gray's Reef in Georgia, were new to us. It was so interesting that these were places you could visit or that visitors to the Aquarium might be from those areas. My favorite exhibit was the baby alligators, and we could have watched them a lot longer, but the kids were looking for fish they knew. They found one in the area showcasing the tropical waters of American Samoa:
The National Aquarium was filled with messages about conservation, which resonated with my son who is learning about environmentalism at school. He really enjoyed hearing from an Aquarist, who spoke to us about the baby loggerhead sea turtles, and we got to see one up close as well as watch them feed in the tank. The Aquarium has feedings every day at 2:00pm, so you can learn more about the animals.
Disclosure: Our tickets to this event were provided by Family Magazine, but my experience and opinions are my own.