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SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium
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SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium sends guests through a highly themed aquarium that brings you nose to nose with sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, seahorses and over 5,000 underwater creatures. To get any closer, you'd have to get wet!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I decided to visit this aquarium despite the complaints that it was small and overpriced. Overall, my children and I enjoyed the whole experience (to include Rainforest Cafe and Lego Land) and found it to be worth the 1.5 hr drive and price. We visited during spring break so it got painfully crowded BUT it was nice and empty for the first hour around 9 am (when it opened). We give this a thumbs up for occasional visits but would never consider it worthy of a season pass.

About the price- For a little over $100, I purchased the Lego Discovery Center/ Aquarium combo pack for 1 adult and 3 children. The total also included 3 Sea Life Ranger Mission Packs at $5 each.

For those who are considering the Mission packs, I have mixed feelings. The pack contains, a booklet to collect 9 embossed stamps at various stations throughout, a magnifying card, a mini pencil, tear-away collector cards and reading material all stuffed into a case on a lanyard. Upon receiving their little kits, the kids were informed that they would receive a prize from the gift shop if they collected all of the stamps. Unfortunately, the prize became the focus of our visit, the kids rushed through the exhibits to go to the next stamping station. The prize was a cheap medal and in case you are wondering, the cashier did not examine the booklets for the stamps. After we received our prizes, we (I) decided to walk through the exhibit again but it was very crowded by this point. We spent approximately 2 hours there then moved onto the Lego exhibit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So we bought tickets online in advance. They let way too many people in at the same time. It was soooo crowded in there that we were not able to enjoy ourselves. There was absolutely no room in the doodle area for anymore people to fit in and they did not make sure that people moved on so that others could also enjoy.
We definitely will not be going back.

Thank Kmlkv
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You COULD run through this place in 30 min but you could also take you time and spend a few hours. We spent about an hour and a half with our 5 year old.

The staff was friendly. They were working hard to keep glass clean from fingerprints. The sea animals were beautiful! There really was a lot to see and the exhibits are so well done.

The touch tank was cool too!

At the end there is a small climber/play place for little ones.

Pre purchase tickets online for a small discount.

The aquarium is inside of the Great Lakes crossing mall, and your tickets are good all day! You could visit the aquarium and leave for lunch and then come back. This would be a good idea if you are trying to hit all of the feedings and demonstrations the aquarium offers...i think there are 9 a day.

1  Thank Fuzzle2Fuzzy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Geared for young families with children (which we weren't). Small windows to view fish. The entire interior is Dark with cave like coral walls with colorful paint. Colored lighting, distracting music adding to the chaos within the narrow walkways and small rooms and crowded spaces made even more narrow and crowded with all the children's strollers. (we like kids, just not the tight space allotted for guests) One could NOT leisurely walk through...definately not for the claustrophobic or those not tolerating sensory overload well. We went on the behind the scenes tour. Not much to see in the single hallway we toured, basically and the guide seemed to only know what was on the script, but the white walls and freedom from the canned music was a nice break. We will go to the local (Preuss Pets in Lansing, MI) pet store in the future for a more relaxing and informative time. Disappointed. Glad we went before taking grandkids or suggesting it to friends.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

largest aquarium in Michigan. We enjoyed the various displays of sea life & we watch the feeding of the sting rays. Very family friendly, their were areas where kids can climb safely under tanks & they appear as if they are in the tanks. Kids were having a blast.

Thank 3simon8
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