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Home Things to Do Resorts / Theme Parks Sea Life Arizona Aquarium Opens to the Public With Kelp Cutting Ceremony

Sea Life Arizona Aquarium Opens to the Public With Kelp Cutting Ceremony

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Sea Life Arizona, a 26,000 square foot aquarium designed to provide a fun, interactive and educational experience for kids, opened May 14, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona.

On hand to help open the new aquarium were area families, and 80 children from Children First Academy of Phoenix, the nation's largest school for the homeless.

The grand opening celebration began at 9 a.m. with special entertainment and a kelp cutting ceremony. The students from Children First Academy of Phoenix, who toured the aquarium as a part of their studies, also assisted with the kelp cutting.

Sea Life Arizona aquarium (
www.sealifeus.com) takes guests on a voyage from an Arizona park lake to the shoreline of the Pacific and into the depths of the ocean.

Features include a bay of rays, shoaling ring, an indoor play area and a 360-degree viewing tunnel surrounded on all sides by water. Sea Life Arizona contains more than 30 display tanks, representing 12 different habitat zones, for aquarium visitors to enjoy.

The aquarium also has interactive elements such as the Sea Life quiz trail, feeding demonstrations and a touch pool exhibit, where guests get up close and personal with select creatures.

Sea Life Arizona is home to more than 5,000 thrilling creatures. Highlights include:

  • - Three different species of sea horses
  • - Giant pacific octopus
  • - Black-tip, white-tip and zebra sharks
  • - Cownose rays
  • - Freshwater fish native to Arizona

Sea Life Arizona features a 360 degree transparent Ocean Tunnel surrounded by 161,000 gallons of water. The aquarium contains 200,000 gallons of water.

The unique and interactive aquarium provides visitors with a fun and educational underwater experience showcasing some of the world's most thrilling sea creatures. Sea Life Arizona is the second Sea Life aquarium launched in the U.S. and the 33rd to open worldwide. Sea Life Arizona is located at Arizona Mills near entrance one.

For more information, visit
www.sealifeus.com or call (480) 478-7600.

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