It’s been a while since I’ve traveled due to circumstances beyond my control, so when a friend asked me if I wanted to take a day trip to Minneapolis I jumped on the opportunity. I’ve been wanting to check out the Mall of America there, and it was the perfect opportunity to take my son to the Aquarium inside the mall.
I didn’t expect must from the Aquarium since they have limited space. The price was a little steep (bought my ticket at the door); $24.45 for an Adult ticket and $17.25 for a child ticket. If you buy your tickets in advance online you save quite a bit of money; $17.00 for an Adult ticket and $14.99 for a child ticket if purchased online. One thing I do have to admit is that if you purchase an annual membership its worth it if you live in the area. An annual membership is $49 per person but you can go as many times as you wish throughout the year. My local Aquarium (in New York) is about $17 per person and includes a lot more activities and creatures (marine life and non marine life). Click here for the link to the website and to purchase the tickets online.
Entering Sea Life the first thing you come across is an area where you can touch the creatures inside the water tank. After the touch tank they scan your tickets and let you inside the actual Aquarium. The first thing you pass inside the Aquarium is the Stingray tank, you are able to touch and feed the Stingrays.
After you pass the Stingray tank you then come across the Jelly Fish. This room made me a little dizzy, it is dark and the Jelly Fish tanks are lit up with different color lights to give them a colorful glow. The room is also filled with mirror to give it a bigger feel.
After the Jelly Fish section you make your way to the tunnels. The tunnels were my favorite part, as you walk through you see the fish from every angle. Sharks swam over your head, and some of the fish just rested on the upper hump of the tunnel. Every where you turned there was a new sight to see, I didn’t get bored in those tunnels. You can easily spend an hour in the tunnels, looking at and observing all the different species of marine life.
Once finished in the tunnels you make your way to the “warmer climate” marine life. This includes turtles, tortoises, crocodiles, frogs, and paranas. The crocodiles were my favorite, they had a steam come off the water which made their tank eerily awesome!
After you got through those sections all that was left was the gift shop.
Overall I’d rate this Aquarium a 6/10. The biggest disappointment for me was the size, I’m used to larger Aquariums that have much more to offer, this Aquarium had a lack of activities/shows. The tunnel was a unique experience for me and the only reason I rated the Awuarium above a 5/10.
Once finished with Sea Life I decided to do a little walking around the mall, with multiple floors of shops there was so much to be seen. I didn’t have much time until I had to return to the airport so I grabbed some lunch and Johnny Rockets and then got some new makeup from NYX (oh yeah!). If you have time and older children be sure to buy the combo pass for Sea Life and Nickelodeon Universe (I don’t remember the exact price but it was around $45 for both). Nickolodeon Universe was packed with awesome rides and I can’t wait until my son is a bit older so I can take him back to enjoy the mall even more.
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Until my next adventure,