Thank you to SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine for allowing my family to visit the attraction for the purpose of this post.
For a very limited time, Thursday-Sunday until July 7, 2019, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium is hosting a mermaid event! You can see a mermaid swimming in the venue’s 160,000 gallon tank right next to the amazing sea life that we like checking out normally. In fact, you can even interact with the mermaid and take photos!
My family loves going to SEA LIFE as a homeschool field trip to learn about a vast array of underwater creatures. This new special event was a really fun reason to head back over there to see what it was about and revisit our favorite animals and exhibits.
The mermaid seen below was just past the underwater ocean tunnel. We were placed in a line to be able to have our own special time and to take personal photos. There was another line if you just wanted a quick glance or to observe without getting close to the mermaid.
She was adorable, and very interactive! As you can see, she got a little sleepy when we came by.
My youngest thought it was really cool to be up close! He thought it was really neat to see her swimming right alongside all of the huge fish, sharks, and rays.
Toward the end of our visit, in the theatre area, we had the opportunity to take a picture with another mermaid as she took a break on dry land. None of my kids were brave enough, but doesn’t she look beautiful there, waiting for the next excited child to snuggle up close?
Following is a press release with more details. HURRY, because the mermaids will be returning to the sea soon!
REAL-LIFE MERMAIDS PERFORM UNDERWATER WITH SHARKS AT SEA LIFE GRAPEVINE AQUARIUM
Meet a Mermaid For A Limited Time Every Thursday Through Sunday
Starting June 20 – July 7
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (June 3, 2019) – For the first time in the aquarium’s history, a magical mermaid show is coming to SEA LIFE Grapevine. Watch as mermaids perform underwater in the aquarium’s 160,000-gallon ocean tank alongside sharks, sea turtles, and even sturgeon to amaze visitors of all ages every Thursday through Sunday starting June 20 – July 7.
While back on dry land, guests can meet a mermaid when she sits upon her throne inside the aquarium. This personal meet and greet offers a memorable photo opportunity and allows guests to pledge their love for the oceans. From recycling to reducing the use of plastic bags and straws, guests will be encouraged by the mermaids to love the ocean and all of their ocean friends.
“SEA LIFE brings an ocean of fun to its guests every day, and now we are adding a bit of magic with these amazingly talented mermaids,” said Kelly Schwartz, General Manager at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium. “Through this captivating underwater show, we hope to further instill a love and appreciation of our oceans with kids of all ages.”
All mermaid appearances and meet and greets are included with the price of admission. Mermaid dive shows will take place on June 20 – July 7 every Thursday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mermaid meet and greets take place in the theater every Thursday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mermaid makeover packages will be available for purchase on select dates and times. Each mermaid makeover experience will include a meet and greet with one of the mermaids, a child mermaid tail, professional face painting, hair accessories and goody bag. See website for details.
Aquarium Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – last admission two hours before closing.
Tickets: Admission is $22.95 for adults, $18.95 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and under. To purchase special discounted tickets visit www.visitsealife.com/grapevine.
SEA LIFE Grapevine is located at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway. Grapevine, Texas 76051.
About SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium: SEA LIFE Grapevine transports you into the amazing underwater world. Prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays and powerful sharks. With an amazing 360° ocean tunnel, 30 display tanks and thousands of sea creatures the aquarium is the perfect stop for family fun. To get any closer you would have to get wet! Admission is $22.95 for adults, $18.95 for children ages 3 to 12. For more information visit www.visitsealife.com/grapevine. SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium is located at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, TX 76051. Phone: 469-444-3050. Follow us on Facebook: @sealifegrapevine, Twitter @sealifegrpevine and Instagram: @sealifeusa.
While you are at SEA LIFE, be sure to take the time to enjoy their other exhibits.
My children have loved the Sea Turtle Rehab and Rescue Center since it opened last year. There is so much to do!
Of course, their favorite part of this section of SEA LIFE is seeing real sea turtles! If you come at the right time, you can even see employees feeding them. We’ve done that before, and the kids always get a kick out of it.
Near the end of your time at SEA LIFE, there are several open tanks where you can touch a variety of sea creatures. My favorite are the star fish, but as you can see, my 7 year old is open to getting his hands on anything! The folks attending this station coach children on the proper way to stroke them without damaging or scaring them.
The jelly fish tank is always so beautiful. Its colors change from color to color as you see the delicate creatures illuminated in their tank.
For the more active or jokester type of kids in your party, there are MANY places at SEA LIFE where they can get in the exhibits and feel like they’re in a little bubble in the tanks. There is a cave-like tunnel near the stingray area and several exhibits with these observation bubbles as my son, Heath, is showing you below.
Be sure to stop by SEA LIFE in Grapvine, Texas this summer! If you can squeeze in a mermaid visit by the 7th, definitely do that. Even if you miss that, there are so many other neat things to see and do at this conveniently-located attraction. For reference, it is right across from LEGOLAND Discovery Center and in the same mall as Peppa Pig World of Play. There’s something for everyone!