Really a nice visit ... After reading the mixed reviews I wasn't sure if we should go visit Sea Life. In fact, I passed up the chance on several occassions to go because the reviews were so bad. But luckily I found a $5 coupon and decided to just take my kids and head out there to see for ourselves. I know the price may be steep but the coupon really helped offset the cost - and we spend almost that much going to the movies with popcorn & drinks. Go on a weekday afternoon if you can - we had a school holiday today and it seemed like we had the place to ourselves. They did say Fridays can be busy. The guy was very courteous and welcoming and we walked in - again with super low expectations - but was I wrong. I've been to many aquariums across the country - but this one was super clean. All the exhibits were nicely done and they did a great job with the artwork and presentation - it truly felt like we were somewhere else other than an outlet mall in Grapevine. Again, really nice exhibits and yes, it wasn't a huge aquarium - it really had just enough to hold the attention of my kids ages 7 and 11. (We've been to larger aquariums and after 2 hours of looking at fish - their mind wanders more to the gift shop than anything else or how much longer) They espeically loved the area upstairs where you can touch crabs and starfish. We probably enjoyed it even more because there weren't many people during the week day. Loved seeing the usual fish, seahorses, and jellyfish - but they had some really unusual fish and octobpus! We asked a lady about the octopus tank and she gave us so much information - so the staff really is knowledgable about the fish and such. We had a steady pace - not too fast/not too slow - it was very relaxed and we easily spent over an hour there. Could have stayed longer they loved the petting area. Again, don't be swayed by some of these reviews. if you are looking for something new to do in DFW and want to spend 1-2 hours of escapism - instead of a movie, find a coupon online and try this out. My kids are still talking about how much fun they had.
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