Our family was given tickets to explore the Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine, Texas this summer. Although we had visited in the past we experienced different types of sea life on this trip. All of our kids were amazed by the various fish in bright colors and patterns. They started the tour through the aquarium with a fun scavenger hunt type quiz. Within each small room there was a new questions the kids had to answer from multiple choice options. The boys had fun challenging one another to see who would get it correct.
Even Andrew and I witnessed things we had never seen before. I honestly had no idea star fish could be red. I found this to be the coolest thing and wish I had a salt water aquarium at home to have a brightly colored star fish. We also saw blue ones!
Around every corner there was a different exhibit. There were small aquariums featuring little peep holes for the kids to gaze through. There were large aquariums that stood taller than I could reach. One room had an aquarium underneath which made you feel like you were walking on top of water looking down at large stingrays and sharks. It was both fascinating and a little creepy. Then of course the super large aquarium that you walk through the middle of with glass surrounding all sides of you and above your head.
We tried capturing some good photos of the kids at the aquarium and there were various places for photo opps, however the lighting was really poor. Sea Life has yellow lights throughout the aquarium that kept discoloring the photos. There was also a lot of shadows. We enjoyed the experience but documenting our memories it wasn’t easy.
My favorite sea life to see was hands down the seahorses, starfish, and jellyfish. I could sit and watch the jellyfish for hours. The aquarium had lights that alternated colors in the jellyfish tank. Which made viewing even more mesmerizing. I captured a short video and shared on Instagram which you can see below. We also saw a pregnant seahorse which was really neat. The kids got to witness how the seahorses wrap their tails around the plants to hold them in place while they rest. There was one small green plant in the aquarium with about 20 seahorses attached, pretty cool to see!
The Sea Life Aquarium is broken up into separate little rooms. Within several of the rooms are places to sit and rest. This is perfect for elderly that want to join the family but get tired of standing while the kids watch the fish. There were some rooms that my kids wanted to hang out in much longer than others. It was nice to have a place to relax while I waited.
Towards the end of Sea Life there is a play area that also includes a touch tank. There are a few things the kids are allowed to touch – including starfish and crabs. Noah was really interested in this area although Gabby wanted no part in putting her hand in the water. I feel like the touch tank brought the learning to life by allowing the kids to experience the texture of the fish.
Overall our day was filled with new experiences that were fun and educational. We took our time through the entire aquarium stopping for photos at each tank and still finished in less than two hours. I recommend Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine, TX for all ages. I know we will visit again one day.
What is your favorite type of sea life? Have you visited an aquarium local to you?
Full Disclosure: My family received complimentary tickets to Sea Life Aquarium at Grapevine Mills Mall in Grapevine, TX to facilitate this review. All opinions and images are mine.