Find Enchanting Underwater Worlds & The Unexpected At The Indianapolis Zoo

Written by By Melody Schubert

One ofrepparttar gems of Indiana’s Circle City isrepparttar 139643 Indianapolis Zoo located at 1200 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis. With 350 species of animals living in natural habitats atrepparttar 139644 Zoo nature always offers something unexpected and exciting to see. The Indianapolis Zoo’s newest exhibit showcasesrepparttar 139645 enchanting underwater world of Pipefish, Seadragons, and Seahorses inrepparttar 139646 Waters Building. Looking inrepparttar 139647 tank we strained to spot one of these colorful creatures. But wait… what’s this…

Master’s of disguise. The unusual creature we’d mistaken for a leafy piece of seaweed is actually a Seadragon. This strange creature uses its natural ability to disguise to hide from predators. The Seadragon lives inrepparttar 139648 cold waters offrepparttar 139649 coast of Australia and New Zealand, and like its relativesrepparttar 139650 Pipefish and Seahorses it is a master of disguise. These amazing fish have gills to breathe underwater and can range in size from 1/8 of an inch to seven inches in length. Another unique characteristic of Seahorses is their pouch, similar to a Kangaroo’s, where their young are kept safe.

The Indianapolis Zoo’s Dolphins show will return to a new facility in May 2005. The Dolphin Pavilion offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience inrepparttar 139651 12 foot high, underwater dome centered inrepparttar 139652 dolphin performance pool. A coastal village wharf and special in-water dolphin program give visitors an opportunity to be up close to these amazing marine mammals. Withrepparttar 139653 expansion ofrepparttar 139654 Dolphin Pavilion and programs held throughoutrepparttar 139655 year atrepparttar 139656 Indianapolis Zoo continues to promote education and awareness.

After watchingrepparttar 139657 playful penguins, seals and polar bears romp around we headed over torepparttar 139658 Café onrepparttar 139659 Commons for a cup of hot chocolate. Inrepparttar 139660 warmer seasonrepparttar 139661 Enchanted Mill children’s Play Area across fromrepparttar 139662 Commons becomes a cool retreat fromrepparttar 139663 summer heat. Children loverepparttar 139664 water features and special activities designed especially for them. The playground located in front ofrepparttar 139665 Café onrepparttar 139666 Commons is also accessible for children with disabilities. In addition to shows inrepparttar 139667 Amphitheatre and pony ridesrepparttar 139668 Indianapolis Zoo has other exciting avenues of entertainment to enjoy. Hop onrepparttar 139669 White River Junction Express Train, take a trip onrepparttar 139670 4-D African Safari Simulator, or tryrepparttar 139671 thrilling Kombo Family Coaster.

Overview of Cozumel In Mexico

Written by Clint Leung

The island of Cozumel is only 12 miles (19 km) offrepparttar Mexican Yucatan Peninsula's east coast and 44 miles (71 km) south of Cancun. For years, Cozumel was a quiet sleepy island that didn't get many visitors until Jacques Cousteau did a documentary on it after discoveringrepparttar 139642 world class scuba diving atrepparttar 139643 Palancar Reefs nearby. Since 1961, Cozumel has been known as one ofrepparttar 139644 best scuba diving destinations inrepparttar 139645 world. In fact for decades since that time,repparttar 139646 only tourists visitingrepparttar 139647 island have been primarily scuba divers. Mainstream tourists went torepparttar 139648 resort intensive Cancun inrepparttar 139649 mainland instead. However, Cozumel became a regular cruise ship port of call in recent years and today it is one ofrepparttar 139650 busiest with two separate terminals. It is common to have five or even six different cruise ships at port on any given day. I've been to Cozumel twice,repparttar 139651 first time staying several days on a scuba diving vacation andrepparttar 139652 second time for a day via cruise ship (also scuba dived during my second visit).

As a result ofrepparttar 139653 cruise ship boom, there has been lots of retail development alongrepparttar 139654 main waterfront road of Avenida Rafael Melgar inrepparttar 139655 island's only town of San Miguel de Cozumel. There are countless jewelry and t-shirt shops most with staff standing inrepparttar 139656 entrances enticing visitors to enter their stores. Both silver and liquor can be good bargains here. There are also some nice Mexican crafts shops too. The one problem that we found was that after about 4 jewelry shops, they all started to lookrepparttar 139657 same. It was almost a retail overload. For those who came for a wilder time, there are some bars such as Carlos 'n' Charlie. The town's main outdoor square, Plaza del Sol, is just oppositerepparttar 139658 main ferry dock torepparttar 139659 mainland. There are usually street vendors and artists inrepparttar 139660 Plaza as well local entertainment during some evenings. The artists do some amazing artwork with spray paints and their prices are very reasonable. San Miguel's main tourist area can be very busy duringrepparttar 139661 day whenrepparttar 139662 cruise ship passengers are in town but since most ships depart at dinnertime,repparttar 139663 evenings are actually very quiet. The only tourists left at night tend to berepparttar 139664 scuba divers staying in Cozumel.

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