Seams and Sprinkles

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Our SeaQuest Adventure

I am thrilled to share our recent family adventure to SeaQuest Folsom! My daughter is absolutely in love with all animals. Since she has been able to take interest in things, I have often found her perusing her 100 First Word animal edition books. It may seem strange since she is so young, but she is a very curious young lady who is always finding ways to learn new things and amaze us each and every day! As she has become older and more active, we have started to plan trips outside of the house that she can enjoy.

She had a few days off of daycare and we knew it was a great time to try some new things. I quickly got into planning mode and SeaQuest was one of the first opportunities that came to mind. I am happy to share that the staff I was able to work with are some of the kindest, most genuine and knowledgeable folks I have ever met. They are all excited about the work they do and take great pride in making it a memorable experience for everyone that comes to enjoy this wonderful place with them. I didn't run into one person that was not helpful or with a smile on their face.

Now, let me share all the details of our amazing tour with you! When you first arrive, you walk through the gift shop to check-in. And for some, I am sure this might be strange, but it actually got me really excited. There were so many cute animal things that were so soft and squishy-cute I just couldn't help but smile as I enthusiastically pointed out animal after animal to my daughter! The top things on my fave list were the T-Rex backpack, the llamacorn (of course) and my other favorite animal, the darling little otter... or sea dogs as we like to say. Maybe that is why we love chocolate labs so much?! I am really a sucker for these cute little things I really don't need more of, but I think that is the awesome part about having a daughter. I can just buy them for her and voila, purchase validated!

Green T-Rex Backpack with open mouth

Mother showing daughter plush sea otter

After we made it through the adorable world of the plushy animals we were greeted by our fabulous hosts for our tour. We were fortunate enough to be paired with Jason to get set up and Alex for the duration of our visit. She knew all the animals by name and so many fun facts that I never knew, too. Of the zillion questions we asked, there was no one that she couldn't answer. She is a connaisSEAur, for sure!

Female SeaQuest staff showing an iguana

I want to be sure to share some of the cool things I took note of as we walked through the exhibits so you can be prepared for your next trivia night or when helping with the school projects! Here are my top picks for what we heard throughout the tour:

  • Iguanas have three eyes! Yes, there is a spot on top of their head where you can see a whole nother eye. How have I never noticed that before?

  • Capybaras are communal nursers and they will also cuddle other animals. How precious is still my heart.

Father holding daughter to feed the Capybara at SeaQuest Folsom

  • Starfish can eat mussels. I never knew their mouth on the other side you don't see was so strong!

Brightly colored starfish under blue light at SeaQuest Folsom

  • This is kind of gross and cool at the same time...snakes shed all their skin, even the skin by their eyeballs. 

Brown snake curled up in water at SeaQuest Folsom

  • The last fact I will share is a new animal I got to see called a Garden Eel. These eels live in little tunnels and stay there their entire lives. They just sort of pop their heads up and wave about. They kind of remind me of the sky dancers you see passing a car dealership!

Garden eels popping their heads up from their tunnels at SeaQuest Folsom

I loved that we were able to see lots of different animals from both the land and sea. From fish to pigs to otters SeaQuest had it all. It was also pretty amazing that many of their animals were rescues. I think it is so valuable to be able to get them rehabilitated and also sharing their stories with people to help better protect them in the future. I am such an animal lover, I can't even watch them hurt each other on National Geographic, so I really appreciated knowing they are being cared for here. 

Here are some more amazing moments from our tour that I hope you will love as much as we did and that they will inspire you to visit Seaquest soon!

Colorful fish and coral at SeaQuest Folsom

Father showing daughter a small turtle at SeaQuest Folsom

Green frog at SeaQuest Folsom

Colorful Ko Fish swimming at SeaQuest Folsom

Yellow Puffer fish swimming at SeaQuest Folsom

Woman feeding colorful fish seaweed at SeaQuest Folsom

Colorful stripped fish at SeaQuest Folsom

A seemingly happy and smiling stingray at SeaQuest Folsom

Man feeding a tank of various stingrays small fish at SeaQuest Folsom

A mother, father and child taking a photo in the mermaid seashell photo op at SeaQuest Folsom

The last thing I want to highlight is that you can do a few different types of animal encounters if you wish. They offer experiences with sea otters, sloths and even snorkeling with the stingrays! I also saw a pretty rad birthday party going on while we were there so I will definitely be keeping this place in mind for our daughter's birthdays. For more information about the animals, tickets, and experiences, be sure to check out their website:

Our family kindly thanks SeaQuest Folsom for hosting us for an amazing afternoon of adventure, learning, and memory-making. We had a wonderful time and cannot wait to visit again real soon! For those of you that have been or hope to go, please be sure to share your favorite animal in the comments below. I would love to know more about the creatures that interest you!

A mother, father and daughter standing at the entrance to SeaQuest Folsom

Disclaimer: My family received complimentary tickets in exchange for my honest opinion. Although we were able to enjoy this benefit by collaborating with our friends at SeaQuest, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

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