You might think that the best shark encounter is any shark encounter where you survive, but it turns out there's an official say on the matter. Today's deal gives you a chance to experience everything that breeds underwater with admission to Underwater Adventures for $10—that's less than half the price for a superior shark encounter. It's the perfect day outing for parents, children of parents, and children-parents.
Underwater Adventures' attractions are designed to bring you far closer to aquatic wildlife than you're probably used to, unless you've successfully driven your car into the ocean. The aquarium's centerpiece is a 300-foot-long curved tunnel that takes you 14 feet underwater and gives you a sea urchin's eye view of 5,000 sharks, stingrays, octopi, jellyfish, and the giant sea turtle that carries the Earth on its back, as they swoop and glide through 1.2 million gallons of water, passing within inches of your outstretched fingers. For creatures you can touch, stop by the rock pool and run your fingers across sea stars, crabs, maintenance staff, snails, and more. Stop by the Seahorse Kingdom to see six species of sea horse, including the tiny yet majestic sea dragon (although the tiny yet brave sea dragon slayer was predictably gobbled up).
Those who prefer a little more adventure in underwater adventures have plenty of options. Little kids can enjoy a submarine simulation ride on The Plunge ($3.99), while once-kids can scuba dive with sharks ($195.99), feed sharks ($15 a bag), swim with 65 kinds of tropical fish ($79.99), spend the night with sharks ($50 for non-members), or cozy up to fish with a walkway that simulates scuba-diving.
- We liked it so much that we used our wristbands and went through 3 times and ended up purchasing the Family Membership so that we can continue to visit throughout the year. My kids also liked touching the sharks and stingrays in the Touchpool. – hide1010, Citysearch
- Kids and adults alike will not be bored here. You walk through aquariums that surround you on all sides seeing a huge variety of fresh and salt water fish. The sharks and sea turtles are the best. – Dale K., Insider Pages
Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium
The scenes inside Sea Life's tanks are like a Where's Waldo? book come to life, except the protagonists within the underwater tableau aren't awkwardly dressed like candy canes. Thousands of fish swirl through the waters, and you could easily spend hours picking out specific species.
Seahorses, on the other hand, swim in open view. So does other marine life—especially once you enter the ocean tunnel, which simulates the experience of walking across the ocean floor. Blacktip reef sharks roam overhead and flash their menacing teeth at the cownose stingrays, who appear to smile back.
The aquarium's more interactive attractions explain what makes undersea life so appealing. At the touchpool, for instance, education hosts explain the lives of coastal creatures, letting visitors touch everything in the exhibit, including sea stars and hermit crabs.