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SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium

120 East Broadway, East Entrance, Level One, Bloomington, MN 55425
952-853-0612
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Ranked #4 of 16 Attractions in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums
Owner description: Located underneath Mall of America(R), SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium showcases over 10,000 sea creatures! Complete with sharks, sea turtles, jellyfish... more » Owner description: Located underneath Mall of America(R), SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium showcases over 10,000 sea creatures! Complete with sharks, sea turtles, jellyfish and more, SEA LIFE Minnesota allows visitors to come face to face with animals never-before-seen in Minnesota! Now with the addition of Octopus Garden, SEA LIFE Minnesota continues to feature more fascinating displays and creative hands-on activities, giving kids and families a new level of excitement and understanding of the world's oceans. « less
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I love aquariums, my 9 year old daughter likes them. I've been to aquariums in many different states and this one only got a 4 start rating due to the price and the lack of some attractions. There is a "touch pool" but the only thing in there are a few star fish, and half the pool you can't reach... More

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Megan S, Marketing Coordinator at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi Catherine, Thank you for providing us with your feedback. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit overall, but we apologize that our touch pool did not meet your expectations. Hopefully you will get a chance to visit us again in the Spring, because we will be opening an all-new Stingray touch pool! We apologize that our... More

Denver, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Nothing spectacular or unique although kids will enjoy walking through the shark tunnels. A very simple aquarium.

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Megan S, Marketing Coordinator at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium and for taking the time to write a review. We apologize that your experience did not meet your expectations. Guest feedback is the best way for us to gain information that can be used to make future decisions on Aquarium exhibit enhancements, so thank you again for offering yours. We would be... More

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I absolutely loved the Aquarium. Very well taken care of. The Sea life all looks very Healthy and Well Cared For... which is very important to me. I learned so much and I am proud to say they are Helping people realize the importance of taking care of our Planet and The inhabitants.

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Megan S, Marketing Coordinator at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi! Thank you for visiting SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium and for the positive review! Your praise is very much appreciated, especially because conservation, and the health of our animals, is the heart of our business! If you have any other comments or questions, don't hesitate to post them on TripAdvisor or contact us through our website. Hope to SEA you... More

Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

But not too much that it overwhelms kids. We are a bit spoiled as we go to the Shedd aquarium quite a bit, but our family did like this one too. The tube tank was something our boys had never seen. It was nice you could get your hand stamped and walk back thru it if you wanted to see... More

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Megan S, Marketing Coordinator at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for visiting SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium and for the positive feedback. We are honored to be compared to the Shedd Aquarium and are happy to hear that you enjoyed our tunnel exhibit! If you have any other comments or questions, please don't hesitate to post them on TripAdvisor or contact us through our website. Hope to SEA... More

Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The aquarium had some renovations going on, so we didn't get to see everything. What we did see was very nicely displayed, but nothing extraordinary. If this is a first visit to an aquarium, I am sure it would be fascinating and well worth the visit.

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Megan S, Marketing Coordinator at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for providing us with your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your visit, and hope you get a chance to come back when we open Stingray Adventure: a touching experience. If you have any other comments or questions, don't hesitate to post them on TripAdvisor or contact us through our website. Hope to SEA you next Spring! More

Durham NC USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I visited the Minneapolis area for other reasons but just *had* to visit the Mall of America where Sea Life is located. I thought "yeah, right, an aquarium in a mall...this will be as exciting as the aquarium in my dentist's waiting room." Wrong. There are other exhibits (the sea horses are particularly awesome IMHO), but the main attraction is... More

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Megan S, Marketing Coordinator at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi Jeff! Wow! Thank you so much for your feedback! It is great to hear that we surpassed your expectations. We're glad that you were able to take advantage of our all day admission with your hand-stamp. You're right that your experience can change from one visit to the next! We also really appreciate your comments about the Behind-the-Scenes Tour... More

Denver, CO
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82 reviews 82 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We visited this aquarium a while back, and it was really crowded (but still enjoyable). This time, though, we had the place practically to ourselves, and really enjoyed it. Other than having to endure the pitch for their behind the scenes tour (which I don't begrudge them, really), our visit was really great. Sadly, their stingray touch pool isn't quite... More

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Megan S, Marketing Coordinator at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for visiting us (for a second time) and for providing us with your feedback! It is great to hear that you found a quieter time to visit us. We hope that you get a chance to visit again in the Spring when we open Stingray Adventure! If you have any other comments or questions, don't hesitate to... More

Arizona
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88 reviews 88 reviews
49 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Entrance fee was expensive, but this was what I came to MOA for. It wasn't too big an aquarium but the exhibits were nice. I especially like the long tunnel with all the fishes swimming over us-from mantarays to sharks.

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Megan S, Marketing Coordinator at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium and for the positive review. We are grateful that you came all the way to Mall of America to visit us, and that you enjoyed our tunnel exhibit! If you have any other comments or questions, don't hesitate to post them on TripAdvisor or contact us through our website. SEA you next... More

appleton, wi
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We visited the aquarium and had the behind the scenes tour and then went into the freshwater tank in our scuba gear and swam around for half an hour. Got to feed the sturgeon and turtles. Waved at the people out in the viewing tunnels, and the children loved it. THEN, we went in the SHARK tank! That was awesome....... More

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Megan S, Marketing Coordinator at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your dive experience with us! We are so glad that you enjoyed the dive program and Behind-the-Scenes Tour! The quarantine tanks that you saw above our tunnel exhibit are used for new animal arrivals at the Aquarium, or for animals that may be in need of a medical treatment. We agree that... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

After my scuba dive in the Atlanta Georgia Aquarium (See my other Trip Advisor review) with the whale sharks, I decided to get some friends together and check out the Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America. We signed up for the two exhibit dive which was Sturgeon Lake and Atlantis. The price included the aquarium admission, tour behind... More

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Megan S, Marketing Coordinator at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, responded to this review

So glad that you enjoyed diving at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. The Sturgeon Lake feeding is a guest favorite, as it is such an interactive experience because Lake Sturgeon attach onto you while feeding! Many of our divers have never seen a Bowmouth Guitarfish, Green Sawfish, Honeycomb Ray,... More

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