We decided to begin the day at the Aquarium, which turned out to be a great idea. Tip - you want to get to ANY aquarium as soon as it opens, because by 1pm it's completely overrun by tourists. We were able to take our time and really enjoy the exhibits and shows without having to fight the crowds. My favorite exhibits at this aquarium were the jellyfish (so crazy looking), the otters, and the beluga whales. (I feel in love with beluga whales when we went to the aquarium in Mystic, CT a few months ago...such awesome animals!)
After we finished at the aquarium, we found a picnic table and ate our lunch outside (it was beautiful!) before heading off on the seawall walk. Along the way, you weave through city and open water views, past a lighthouse, and by a bridge - it's beautiful! We only did about half the loop, since we wanted to explore some of the interior as well.
Once we had our fill of some of the parks and seawall loop, we decided to find a few trails in the fir forest. The trees were tall and beautiful, and every so often you'd pass a giant, old redwood! Mark has a pretty epic "wingspan", but he's nothing compared to these babies. At the end of the trail, we came out at a lake overlooking the city - a nice way to end the day!
Next up...adventures in Deep Cove, including an epic hike, stand-up paddle boarding, and a canoe trip!