I recently completed an item on my bucket list, which was swimming with Stingrays! I went to an Interactive Aquarium, the one I went to was in Las Vegas, Nevada. The facility is so beautiful and unique! You can do so many things at this aquarium.
There is so much to do here such as swim with stingrays, hold reptiles, see sharks, hold birds, sleep with sharks, hold snakes and so much more! There are a lot of interactive areas for children. I did not bring my children but nevertheless I still had a blast. I think this aquarium is pleasing for any age not just children.
I choose to snorkel with the stingrays! I had to sign a waiver and there was a short class going over the do’s and don’ts. There are fish in the tank as well as sharks. They had me get into a wet suit and had me take a quick hot shower to help the wet suit and so it wasn’t so stiff. After that I had to step down into the tank backwards then swim to this clear pod which you can see I am sitting on. The water was pretty chilly when I first got in but after moving around and the wet suit I warmed up pretty quick. I was able to stay in the water for just over an hour swimming with the fish, stingrays and sharks as well as feeding them.
Honestly, the best part for me was sitting on the pod feeding the stingrays. I got to feed them calamari and they would go under my lap, on top of my lap and eat right out of my hand. They had this one stingray that was a rescue (a female) who was the sweetest and stayed next to me almost the entire time. The feeling of the stingrays was a soft almost slimy feeling. Even so, would do it again. The instructor showed me how to hug the stingrays which was really neat, they loved the attention!
Many people swim with dolphins which of course is on my bucket list as well but I wanted to try something different. I think swimming with giant sharks is definitely next for me. This was truly an amazing experience.