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Family Guide To Sea Life Aquarium

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Although the Grapevine location of the Sea Life Aquarium has only been open in the Grapevine Mills Mall a few short years, it has proven to be one of the area's most popular attractions. Drawing in hundreds of thousands of visitors since its debut, there are fresh sights to see in every salt-watery visit.

Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
Grapevine, TX 76051
877) 819-7677

Admission & basic information

Admission price is $20 for ages 13 and up at the door or $15 online. For ages three to 12 years old, admission is $16 at the door, or $12 online. Children under three years old enter for free. Annual passes can also save money for guests who wish to visit again and again. Souvenir guidebooks are on sale for $4 that will enhance your visit, overflowing with fun sea facts and activities. Birthday party packages, with pizza, guidebooks and watery fun are available with a reservation. Buy your tickets online to save an extra 25%. Try combo tickets for Sea Life Aquarium and its affiliated attraction, Legoland, also located in Grapevine Mills Mall. Sea Life hosts regular special events throughout the year including holiday-themed events, like divers hunting for Easter eggs in the tanks with the fish! Keep watch on the website for exciting events and activities and special exhibits.

SEA LIFE hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The aquarium will stay open only 90 minutes after the last admission.

Related: Family Guide to the Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

360 Degree Water Tunnel

Visitors can also walk through a 360 degree underwater tunnel. A thorough visit of the Aquarium will show up to 5,000 sea creatures in 30 displays throughout the aquarium!

The Rockpool

The Interactive Rockpool gives families up close and personal experiences like touching real sea animals, including sea urchins, crabs, shark pups, and star fish. Aquariums of all shapes and sizes combine ceiling high views of sharks, sea turtles and even giant octopi, enough to entertain the most curious kids and adults for an entire day or more.

Seahorse Exhibit

One of the aquarium's most impressive efforts has been to breed and conserve nine seahorse species. No external suppliers are used and seahorses are no longer brought in from the sea, a practice which can depopulate sea species. Seahorses at these establishments are born and raised here, which can also preserve endangered species if they can no longer be found in the wild, potentially preventing complete extinction. At this exhibit, visitors will learn why seahorses are endangered, how they hold on to things with their tails, and observe them up close in the Seahorse Temple.

Live Feedings

Feeding times are announced online for guests to observe stingray and shark feeding live and in person. Feeding times vary by animal, but are posted online to make sure you can plan accordingly.

Pop Your Head In

Do you want to be a marine animal? Feel free to pop your head into one of the aquarium's glass bubbles and watch the fish swim around you, even take your picture inside the aquarium with the fish!

Breeding And Rescue

Sea Life Aquarium promotes recycling and caring for the Earth and all its creatures. Anyone who brings 20 plastic grocery bags to SEA LIFE will get a 10% discount on admission. That's saving you money and saving ocean animals from pollution! Sea Life also participates in many marine life rescue and breeding programs that help thousands of animals, including endangered species. Sea Life and its partner Seal Sanctuaries rescue and often re-home up to 100 seals and sea pups per year. Other species, like dolphins and Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles have also benefited from Sea Life's efforts and have been rescued and re-homed in recent years.

Related: Family Fun Guide to the Dallas World Aquarium

Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at
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