Michigan Adventures to SEA LIFE Aquarium
We enjoyed many Michigan adventures during our three week visit to Michigan. Our adventures included a trip to visit SEA LIFE Aquarium located in Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills, Michigan. My daughter had enjoyed a visit last year with my mother but for the rest of us this was our first visit. We arrived after lunchtime on a Monday afternoon so there were not a lot of people. This was nice because we didn’t feel rushed or crowded as we went on our adventure. The entrance is located inside the mall, which is nice because you don’t have to stand outside in the elements while waiting to get in. The underwater motif is present at the entrance and there is even a small tank near the ticket counter.
Upon entering the aquarium you watch a brief video about SEA LIFE’s efforts with marine conservation and they take a fun group picture (which can be purchased when you leave.)
You then enter the aquarium,where you are welcome to explore at your own pace. They do allow visitors to take pictures but require you leave the flash off for the safety of the sea creatures. That is why some of my pictures may be a little dark in some areas. However, there is plenty of light so that you are able to see. This was an amazing start to our Michigan Adventures because I find aquariums completely relaxing. I could sit and stare at the tanks full of swimming fish for hours. There are a few different spots in the aquarium where you can get an inside view of tank. This is fun for pictures and makes you feel like you are in the middle of fish.
SEA LIFE has over 20 displays, 5 thousand sea creatures, and 120 thousand gallons of water in their immersive setting. Not only do they have many different fish varieties but their displays include sharks, sting rays, sea horses, and more.
The Michigan location is also home to a rescued Green Sea Turtle named Benson. He was rescued from a Florida State Park and nursed back to health at a Turtle Rescue Center in Georgia. Because his shell and spine were injured, preventing him from being able to dive for food, they were unable to return him to the wild. He has settled into his new home and is very happy in his new surroundings.
One of my favorite attractions was the tank full of baby cownose sting rays. They are one years old and we spent a large amount of time just watching them swim around. I love their little faces and even shot a short video during our visit.
Baby sting rays swimming. They are 1 year old. #travelblogger #spon @jaymesmommy2004
I was so excited when I found a tank full of Nemo and his friends (aka clown fish.) We almost missed her but we saw Dory and her friends also.
One of the favorite places for kids of all ages is the interactive touchpool. With the help of a staff member you can pick up a crab without being pinched, touch a sea star, pet a sea urchin, interact with shrimp and also have fun spotting the shelled creatures.
The ocean tank has a 180 degree ocean tunnel which allows you to see these amazing creatures from all angles. During our visit one shark was resting at the top of the tunnel. This is great fun for everyone as you can watch them swim around you and over you.
Make sure that you take time to find the Green Moray Eel. Maurice is 6 feet long and even though he is nocturnal, he popped out to keep an eye on things.
Kids will enjoy getting their Dive Book stamped during their visit to SEA LIFE Aquarium Michigan. At the end of the visit,they can present it at the gift shop for a special surprise. They get to keep their book so they can remember their visit.
Have fun watching the jellyfish and see how they seem to change color as the light changes. Jellyfish are not meant to come into contact with hard objects and in the wild they float around the ocean on the tides and currents. At SEA LIFE the tanks have water currently moving to mimic this affect.
After you see all attractions there is a room before you exit with a few small tanks with more fish and an informational video viewing area. This is also where you will find the restrooms.
Make sure to bring some quarters and pennies with you because you will want to get your own SEA LIFE Aquarium pressed pennies. Kids of all ages love collecting these and adding them to their collection.
You will also find a gift shop full of fun gifts and souvenirs to remember your visit. They even have educational games centered around sea life and aquatic animals.
To find out how more information about the many exhibits at SEA LIFE Michigan and make plans to include them on your own Michigan Adventures visit them online. You can purchase tickets in advance or on the day of your visit. If you are bringing a large group, you might want to check out their group ticket pricing.