Everything you need to know about Sea Life Aquarium at the MOA

Last updated on August 16th, 2019

If there is one guarantee in life it’s that Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America is Minnesota’s favorite aquarium. Just take a look at the lines of people waiting to get in. With many things about the mall, Sea Life Aquarium has found a way to grow and change. With each new addition, they have created an underwater adventure the has entertained and enriched so many peoples lives.

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From Stingrays to Sea Turtles. Sea Life Aquarium in Minneapolis is great for all ages. Located in the MOA, this exhibit is the perfect thing to do on the weekends in the Twin Cities.

Our morning started off with the sad discovery that our beloved pet Beta fish had passed away over the night. After its burial at sea, we decided that we were in need fun adventure to lift our spirits. We decided that in our Beta’s memory, to go to the aquarium. We are lucky to have the Sea Life Aquarium close by, so we purchased tickets online and headed out.

Sea Life Aquarium Touch and Feel

Our decision to go to the aquarium was shared by a lot of others in the city. It probably had to do with cold, blustery day we were having. We arrived a few minutes early for our selected admission time slot. As you go down the escalators in the mall you are transported into a new world, full of wonder. The staff is waiting there directing you to the hand washing stations and you are immediately presented with the opportunity to get your hands in the first display, sea anemones, and starfish.

From there, you get to enjoy the Stingray exhibit. These stingrays are very friendly and will flutter through the water right up to the guests. For those braver, you have the option to purchase food for them and hand feed them. It is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Touch Pond

SEA LIFE Minnesota

Next up on the adventure is the Sea Horses. These little guys are part of the tunnel system. The Jellyfish room was captivating. It’s a dark room with green spotlights. Inside each of the tanks, the fish floated and drifted in the currents. Each tank was lit with different colored lights. As the lights rotated, you could see the transparency and every detail of the Jelly Fish. The room was filled with a bunch of these tanks to wander through. You could get lost in the fish as the floated around.


Sea Life Tunnels

As you get closer to the trademark tunnel aquariums, you’ll start to hear a buzz of everyone’s excitement. You could hear people saying things like “Look over there!” and “Look at that turtle!”. The entire display allows you to move at your own pace and spend as much time there as you want. Even with that and the crowds, we could get in easily.

Inside the tunnels, the guest feels as though you are part of the underwater experience. The tunnels are big and open. At the same time, the shape of the glass brought all of the sea creatures closer to you. Kids were pointing in every direction.  What is unique about the tunnel is that you get to see the underbody of the fish too. You could see the details of the giant stingrays and count the rows of teeth as the sharks swam over you.

Tunnel Amazon

Tropical Frog at Sea Life Aquarium

The aquarium has 300 feet of tunnels to explore. The tunnels are broken into 4 different regions of ocean floor: the Rainbow Reef, Atlantis, Amazon River and Sturgeon Lake. Each region has their own unique aquatics and sea floor. In addition to the different tunnels, they also have Rainforest exhibit showing crocodiles, frogs, and tortoises.

Our trip to the Sea Life Aquarium was just what we needed. It transported us into a unique world of the sea. It was a treat for the kids and at the same time, wore everyone out on the ride home.

Getting Sea Life MOA Tickets

One of the hardest parts about getting into Sea Life Aquarium is getting your tickets. We’ve attempted to go a few times on a weekend in the middle of the day and give up. If at all possible get your tickets online. Not only will you save a few dollars but you will save the hassle of the lines. SEA LIFE Aquarium at the Mall of America, Minnesota. Book online and save up to 25% off standard admission! Make sure to print your tickets or have them downloaded to your phone.

If you can’t get them online for some reason, try and nab a discount admission ticket at the Mall. Last Fall, the Rainforest Cafe had a coupon on all of their children’s menus. If you spot the giant Shark Mascot that walks around, they will be handing out coupons as well.

Now that you have a coupon, the next challenge is getting the tickets. There are two places to purchase them. First at the ticket counter on the main level. You can also get bundles for tickets to other things, like Nickelodeon Universe. Speaking of Nickelodeon Universe, if you are planning on getting this bundle deal with the unlimited ride wristband, you can purchase the Sea Life Ticket at the Nickelodeon Universe counter. The other option for tickets is to head down the escalator into Sealife Aquarium. They have a separate ticket line there.

Other Tips and Tricks

  • Go during the week, it will be less busy and you will be able to see more without the crowds.
  • Sealife had daily talk times and other exhibits to enjoy. Check out their times before you go.


Sea Life Aquarium
Located at the Mall of America, East Entrance
Starting at $14.99
3 and Under – Free
Spring Hours
Mon – Fri 10am – 8pm
Sat 9am – 8:30pm
Sun 10am-7pm
*Special times just for spring break
Check their website to confirm.





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