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Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium Bloomington

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Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium
Mall of America
120 East Broadway
Bloomington
MN
55425
Tel: 952 883 0202

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Underwater Adventures Aquarium is located beneath the Mall of America.

5 minutes from the Mpls/St. Paul airport at the intersection of I-494 and Hwy 77, in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Where are we going today?

Before it was Underwater Adventures Aquarium, and now it's been revamped to give you even more of an amazing family experience!

Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium is a great way to see the part of the world you won't get to experience unless you strap on a diving kit and make a splash. We, of course, are talking about under the ocean! It's a whole other world down there - and a fascinating one - and one that is amazing to explore!

What happens to be your favorite sea creature? At Sea Life Minnesota there is certainly a great chance you will come face to face with whatever your answer was just because there is SO much to see!

You might find you might even come across creatures you didn't even have any idea they existed!

There are a number of exhibits that you can explore, and you really will need a full day! Can you imagine yourself submerged right at the bottom of the ocean? (except of course you can walk, see, breathe...)  

The Ocean Tunnel can give you that exact experience! Your journey starts as soon as you step foot in there - and make sure you take it all in! Look around - what do you see? Sharks swimming overhead? Stingrays gliding right past you? There are literally hundreds of sea creatures swimming all around you!

This 300ft tunnel also has 4 other fun tanks - the Rainbow Reef is filled with all types of sharks, as well as tropical fish (and you can have a chance to actually snorkel with them!) and the Amazon River is an amazing experience into South America with all the weird and wonderful creatures you will find in that tropical part of the world!

Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium have amazing experiences too - like staying overnight - so make sure you check out everything that is possible!

Underwater fun in Minnesota - are you ready to take the plunge!  

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$21 +tax
  • Children$19 +tax
  • Free Under: 3 years.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Mon to Thurs 10am - 7pm / Fri 10am - 8pm / Sat 9:30am - 8pm / Sun 10am - 6:30pm

All year round

Teachers corner

There are a number of off site and on site programs that you can choose from, as well as homeschool opportunities. .

I'm Hungry!

Coffee Cove is the place to grabs some snacks and drinks.

Healthy Eating!

They sell bottled water at Coffee Cove .

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you take the kids to the touchpools - it's a great way for them to hold a crab or touch a starfish! .

Doing our bit

The aquarium are all about preserving these creatures and educating all who visit on them. Check out the fun facts and information on all the species throughout the aquarium .

Need a little extra help?

Mainly on one level. Some steps to upper observation levels but these can be bypassed..

Can I get one of those?

There is an extensive gift shop where you can take home all sorts of souvenirs from your time under the ocean!.

More information

Ticket purchases online get you a discount! .

What people are saying?

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    This is a nice aquarium, but it is way too expensive for what it is. If admission was more affordable, this would be a great place to take kids. You definitely don't get your money's worth here. This is especially true if you have a 3 or 4 year old. The last time we went, our daughter blazed through in about 30 minutes. The exhibits are neat, but there's not much here to hold the attention of younger kids. Anyone under the age of 5 should be free.

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    The only down side to our experience at Mall Of America was the Sea of Life, it is extremely over priced for what you get. If you think you must go get coupons for at least 50% off and even at that price its barely worth it. Do not pay full price it is not worth it and you will be very dissappointed. The only good thing about it was the sea tunnel, but not worht the full price.

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    I applied to work here as a divemaster. I had the feeling they didn't like minorities just by the uneasiness and tension in the room when I was being interviewed by ryan (head curator) & melanie (head human resources lady) and another younger girl. Also didn't see any hispanics, blacks or asians working there, guess they will keep it that way. I could have been the first black person they hired. =)

    They probably thought since I was black I would steal or break something. I just sensed that something was off before the interview even started they...Read More

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    We bought our tickets online thinking it would be easy to walk right in. Instead we waited for more than 15 minutes just to get our tickets! Staff didn't seem to know what they were doing and with only two registers there wasn't room for someone else to come help them out.
    Once we were in the "touch" exhibit was neat, but that's just 3 little tide pool sections.
    The jellyfish exhibit looked impressive but all the tanks had the same (common) kind of jellyfish and no others. Similar story with the seahorses.
    The tunnels where you could see the fish...Read More

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    Very disappointed by this aquarium. First of all, it is tiny. Felt like it was over before it started. Second, the Octopus exhibit was shut down while we were there (probably one of the reasons it went so quickly) and to me, that is grounds for a discount. Third, it feels like the most "touristy" tourist trap in all of the MoA, which is saying something. At the end of it, you are automatically ushered into a touristy photo-op and then, straight into the gift shop. No way to avoid them. Terrible. Despite significant discounts (our kids got...Read More

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by Trey Woodson

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I applied to work here as a divemaster. I had the feeling they didn't like minorities just by the uneasiness and tension in the room when I was being interviewed by ryan (head curator) & melanie (head human resources lady) and another younger girl. Also didn't see any hispanics, blacks or asians working there, guess they will keep it that way. I could have been the first black person they hired. =)

They probably thought since I was black I would steal or break something. I just sensed that something was off before the interview even started they almost seemed surprised at my merits both plane and helicopter licenses, divemaster and graduated magna cum laude from university of st thomas. Guess I didn't meet the high requirements.

I could be wrong but hey they didn't hire me. Melanie called me 2-3 weeks after the interview I thought it was pretty professional of her to wait that long. No skin off my noise guess I could have been over qualified if you will. Just thought Id point out my thoughts and what I noticed when I was there.

by Emily Sands

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We bought our tickets online thinking it would be easy to walk right in. Instead we waited for more than 15 minutes just to get our tickets! Staff didn't seem to know what they were doing and with only two registers there wasn't room for someone else to come help them out.
Once we were in the "touch" exhibit was neat, but that's just 3 little tide pool sections.
The jellyfish exhibit looked impressive but all the tanks had the same (common) kind of jellyfish and no others. Similar story with the seahorses.
The tunnels where you could see the fish swim above and around you were neat, but the education piece was very lacking. There was almost no signage to show you what fish you were seeing.
Rainforest area seemed very tacked-on and there weren't many animals there at all.
We went on a weekday at noon and the aquarium wasn't too busy (which made the wait at the ticket desk more perplexing) but there were still a ton of small children running, stomping, and screaming. Parents weren't keeping their kids under control, and there were ZERO employees in the exhibits who could have exerted a little pressure to keep things quieter.
Even with the Minnesota-resident discount tickets were still pricey - as much as the MN Zoo but for 1/10th the exhibits. I would not go again and I'm surprised at how many people seem to have been buying memberships - there's just not enough there to drive anyone to return.

by Drew Poppleton

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Very disappointed by this aquarium. First of all, it is tiny. Felt like it was over before it started. Second, the Octopus exhibit was shut down while we were there (probably one of the reasons it went so quickly) and to me, that is grounds for a discount. Third, it feels like the most "touristy" tourist trap in all of the MoA, which is saying something. At the end of it, you are automatically ushered into a touristy photo-op and then, straight into the gift shop. No way to avoid them. Terrible. Despite significant discounts (our kids got in for free), this was not worth it.

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