Tropical fish, rays, and sharks swim in the store windows at "Sharks Fifth Avenue."
Tropical fish, rays, and sharks swim in the store windows at "Sharks Fifth Avenue."

Northeast's First SEA LIFE Aquarium Announces Spring 2020 Opening at American Dream in NJ

A "City Under the Sea" is coming to the American Dream entertainment complex in the NJ Meadowlands next spring, with interactive exhibits showcasing more than 3,000 sea creatures from jellyfish to sharks. Merlin Entertainment unveiled its plans for the metro-themed SEA LIFE aquarium at a media event last week, and Mommy Poppins was there to get the scoop.

The first SEA LIFE to open in the Northeast, the New Jersey aquarium will join nine other locations across the U.S., including aquariums in San Antonio, Texas; Orlando, FL; and Carlsbad, CA. New Jersey SEA LIFE will open alongside the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, which is also slated to open at American Dream in spring 2020.


Watch seahorses perform their "water ballet" in the Mangroves. 

New Jersey SEA LIFE imagines an underwater version of New York City. Interactive exhibits will include "Rush Hour of the Ocean," featuring taxi cab–yellow eels; a piranha exhibit dubbed "Wall Street Wolves;" and "Sharks Fifth Avenue," where guests can watch tropical fish, rays, and sharks through storefront windows and in an underwater tunnel featuring panoramic views of Manhattan landmarks like the Chrysler Building and Times Square.

In addition to the exhibits, SEA LIFE will have an ocean-themed, soft-play area for little underwater explorers. It will also offer behind-the-scenes tours as well as daily aquarium talks and feedings.  

SEA LIFE aquarium’s registered charity, SEA LIFE Trust, will support local projects to protect marine wildlife and their habitats, as well as spearheading conservation campaigns of its own.

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Wander through the "Urban Jungle" and visit red-bellied pirhanas.

In addition to New Jersey SEA LIFE, Merlin will be opening LEGOLAND Discovery Center New Jersey, also located within American Dream. Note that LEGOLAND Discovery Center is an indoor Lego-themed attraction—not to be confused with LEGOLAND New York Resort, the theme park opening in Goshen, NY, on July 4, 2020!


See what the coral reef looks like at night. 

There will be several ways to visit New Jersey SEA LIFE aquarium at American Dream, including general admission tickets, annual passes, birthday party packages, school and group tickets, and more. Visit the website for more information.

Photos courtesy of SEA LIFE