SEA LIFE Minnesota, Bloomington

3.9
#2 of 14 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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  • The tunnel was the best part. Getting to it was made for kids 5 to 10. Lots of them, running around, screaming, laughing, running into things. If you are looking for a quiet event, this is not it.  more »
  • This was amazing. All kinds of fish and sea life, kids loved it, they were still talking about it days later. you will want to spend some time there.  more »
  • We have visited several SEA LIFE locations and they are all very similar. If you have seen one it's not that you have seen them all but they are very similar. This one has a walk through shark tank th...  more »
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  • I feel like the shark tank at the Minnesota zoo is better. However the staff at Sea Life are very knowledgeable and prompt with their knowledge. There is a staff member at every station that is there to answer any question you may have about the sea critters. I wish there was more chance to pet the sea critters, but I understand they have to keep people safe. I also did a behind the scenes tour and they showed us what the critters eat, how they prepare the food and even how they treat the animals if they are sick or injured. We also got to go to the top level and see above the tank. There were a lot of turtles on top of the water that you couldn't normally see. The tour guide was very fun and enthusiastic!
  • To be fair when we went they were insanely busy and that isn’t their fault...but this place was so unorganized and the staff was so uniformed I thought we were on a hidden camera show or something. We stood in a line for what we thought was the aquarium tunnel for about 30 minutes before finally seeing a staff person who assured us that we were in fact in the line for the aquarium tunnel. About 5 minutes later the line loops out an emergency exit to an auxiliary hall way with a sign that says 60 minute wait to see the mermaids. We say to the people next to us we want the aquarium tunnel not the mermaids is this the right line? No one knows! Finally another staff person walks by so someone asks her what this line is for and she says to see the mermaids. We say wait is this line to get into the aquarium tunnel? She says no it isn’t, it’s just for the mermaids. So we debate what to do. Half the people around us think the staff person is right, half insist she’s wrong. We ultimately decide to stay in the line. About 10 minutes later the one line comes to a point where there is a rope, creating a line to the left and a line to the right. There is no sign indicating what each line is for and no staff person to tell us. The entire crowd just stays to the left in one line. About 5 minutes later a staff member finally comes over and announces that the left line is for the mermaids and the right line is for the aquarium tunnel. So we go to the right of the rope. We follow the rope to the end only to find that no in fact the line to the left was the line for the aquarium tunnel! The line to the right just led to the exit! So all in all we spent well over an hour standing in a line totally confused and by the end were so annoyed with everything we didn’t even try to fight our way back into the line and just left. Unbelievable.
  • We went with my 1 and 3 year old and they enjoyed feeling some of the plants and starfish the also love the stingray pond. The jellyfish room was amazing! The aquarium was kinda short for the price but it was an all day pass so we could go through more than once. It feels as thought there was something new every time you went through!
  • Beautiful, interesting, educational place to see aquatic animals. So glad they took out the automatic walkway through the underwater tunnel. We were able to enjoy the sharks, fish, and sea turtles at our own pace. The jellyfish exhibits are absolutely beautiful!! If you are able, the tour that takes you "behind the scenes" is really interesting. On my bucket list is to some day do a dive with the sharks there!
  • While it can be busy, it is a wonderful place for kids to get up close with their underwater friends! We had my daughters birthday there this year and things went smoothly and the employees were VERY accommodating! The kids got to touch fun sea creatures and see the behind the scenes tanks. Wonderful photo opportunities around every corner as it is laid out very nicely.
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