SEA LIFE Minnesota, Bloomington

3.7
#2 of 12 in Zoos & Aquariums in Minnesota
SEA LIFE Minnesota houses more than 10,000 sea creatures, including sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, jellyfish, octopi, lobsters, and freshwater fish. Many are endangered species that have been rescued and cannot be released into the wild or were born and bred as part of a conservation effort. The many different exhibits, such as Seahorse Kingdom, Jellyfish Discovery, and Ray Lagoon, feature one particular species along with interesting facts about each one. Take a walk through the 91 m (300 ft) clear tunnel that leaves you surrounded by aquarium walls and the creatures living within. The tunnel takes you through four exhibits that are home to green sea turtles, sawfish, sand tiger sharks, paddlefish, and other exotic creatures. Don't miss the rockpool filled with shell creatures, sea urchins, and starfish; you are encouraged to touch them. SEA LIFE Minnesota is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Bloomington Edition.
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  • Something new to see and experience around every turn; with the family favorite being the aquarium tunnels, we foresee another visit in our future. Should note this was a great time for both young kid...  more »
  • We went with our two children who are 3 and 6 and they loved it. They loved that they got to touch the anemone at the bigginning of the tour. Mom and dad’s favorite were the sharks. I recommend buying...  more »
  • I was shocked at the entrance fee to the aquarium. Very pricey for what they actually offer. It took several minutes for the girl to take my money and give me a ticket, because she was alone and untra...  more »
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  • This place is awesome! An absolutely massive aquarium at the mall of America. This place is perfect for young and old alike. If you crave a little more adventure you can actually snorkel with the fish! If you are scuba qualified I believe you can dive with the sharks. Would be a perfect place to go on a rainy day.
  • I know the ticket price may seem high, but look at pretty much any other similar attraction and it's actually less expensive than the majority of its competitors for an equally if not better experience. Take the behind the scenes tour. It's crazy inexpensive (especially compared to the tours of other aquariums) and you learn so much more than you would on the regular walk through.
  • I had so much fun and learned sooooo much. It’s definitely worth the extra to take the tour. The staff definitely love their jobs, and the aquatic animals they care for enough to know all their names. Every question my boyfriend and I had was answered and fast. If someone didn’t know the answer they’d call someone else to find out. You don’t get to feed the stingrays but it’s only because they’re breeding and they’re sensitive to us when pregnant. I got to watch them feed the sharks and other large fish it was AMAZING! I know people are mad about not being able to feed the rays but I personally would rather not touch the stingray so an endangered species can reproduce. I mean priorities. I also got a discount from my job. I had a fabulous time and would definitely love to go again.
  • Went during the week, nice, quiet, and relaxing place to go to unwind after a long day at work. All sorts of fish and turtles swimming around and above you. My little get away.
  • Good variety of animals and exhibits. If you are there at a specific time, you would have the opportunity to see certain sections of the aquarium have feedings. There are a lot of attendants around the area eager to answer questions. The passport activity and interactive exhibits gives kids (or otherwise) the opportunity to learn more about what they see. Negatives: The smaller space means potential for more crowding. It would be nice if there was a washroom halfway in. We had to head all the way back to the beginning twice. Buying online is almost always better. There are a lot of package options with other MoA attractions so mix and match to save money!

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Most of the accommodations in Bloomington lie along Interstate 494 with easy access to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The Mall of America lies just south of the airport, so most of the hotels around the airport provide convenient access to the mall as well. Consider staying in one of the hotels on Killebrew Drive, which serves as the mall's southern border, to get away from the interstate.
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