We love aquariums, so when we heard that Michigan opened a new aquarium we were excited to see it ourselves. While we did enjoy ourselves, we left wanting more.
Prices: Adult ticket (13+ years) $23.50, Child’s ticket (3-12 years) $18.50; Under 3 (0-2 years) FREE
Location: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4316 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, Michigan (You can’t miss it!)
Parking: There is a free parking lot.
Stroller-friendly? Since it wasn’t very busy, it would have been fine to bring the stroller. If it was busier, I could see how difficult it would be to navigate.
Crowded: We were here on a Friday evening (one hour before closing) and it was not crowded at all.
What to Expect:
The kids were given glasses and a stamp book. We all watched a quick show and and were on their way to start their adventure.
- Getting “techy.” Touch screens were located throughout so that we could learn more about the specific sea creature or fish.
- Getting their book “stamped.” They were really into this! At times they were more interested in looking for the next stamp station than looking at fish.
- Aquariums in all shapes and sizes.
- Visually stimulating. Their use of lights really heightened the mood and made everything look “pretty.”
- The ability to get up close and personal at the touch pool.
- Viewing fish at through the different nooks and crannies. The kiddos loved going under tanks and finding “secret” windows to the tanks.
- Different colored jellies. The jelly fish tank was my favorite. With a touch of a button, the light would illuminate the jelly fish in a different color.
- Extra energy? We were pretty surprised to find a play area at the end. The kids didn’t complain, of course!
- The aquarium was bigger. We went through the entire aquarium in about 45 minutes.
- The ocean tunnel was longer. Having fish and sharks swim above you is always a highlight, but we were a little surprised at how small the tunnel was. We were left wanting more!
- Tickets were less expensive.
Tips to enjoy SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium:
- Visit during the evening to avoid crowds. We went one hour before closing and it was just about the right amount of time to see everything.
- Try to find discounts! If you preorder your tickets online you save 10%.
If you and your family happen to be at Great Lakes Crossing and have some time, try to find discounts. While the presentation of the exhibits was visually stimulating, it made us want to see more, especially with the hefty admission cost.