Saturday, September 5, 2015

Manatee Day

Swimming with the manatees has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl.  I saw one somewhere & fell in love with this giant creature.

Since the trip to Disney was a surprise, I incorporated things into our homeschool that would be beneficial.  We did a little study on manatees a few weeks before we left.

Who doesn't love super hero manatees?

I found several free teaching resources on teachers pay teachers, as well as if any news stories popped up on manatees we watched them.  I used the ones linked here, here, and here.  But if you type in Manatee a lot pop up and none are very expensive.

We booked our Manatee tour through River Ventures

It was so much fun.  We rented a car and took a two hour drive.

We then got on a boat house and started our four hour tour.  It was unbelievable, better than I could have imagined.  The first two that we came across was a mom and calf.  It's crazy how this is a 3000 pound animal and it sneaks up on you.  The mom was fine eating.  The baby was so curious.  She swam all around us and "kissed" Noah twice.  This baby was also about Noahs size.  Roughly 85 pounds and over four feet long.  After that we had two more swimming encounters and a viewing encounter.  When I get home I will up load some more pictures, but for now - the baby.

Dinner was at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical review.  This is worth it.  Very enjoyable, super funny.  The kids and adults loved it and we all agreed it is a must do for when we come back.

Noah was so tired he fell asleep on the boat ride back to the bus.  However, they still wanted to swim when we got back to the hotel.

Finally - Bed.

And on to day four!!!

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