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Sea Life Arizona

Chris and Jana Tingom
Sea Life Arizona

By Jana Tingom

sea-life-arizonaWe’ve been members to this fabulous aquarium, Sea Life Arizona (located in the Arizona Mills Mall) for over a year now and visit every 6-8 weeks. It never gets old! We love that viewing is specifically designed for children – so lots of eye level tanks, big glass viewing windows, and hands on experiences. Here are our top favorites!

1. Tide pool – this is a recreation of a small cove you might find along the ocean. Fish, sea stars and crabs abound! A fun addition is the sudden wave that washes through.

Sea Life Arizona

2. Touch tank – two tanks are available, and anything inside is touchable. Our daughter loves the sea stars, it’s pretty much her highlight of the tour. The employees have always been full of information and helpful with those little ones who might need guidance with being gentle.

3. Sea horses – fascinating creatures, and we love to just watch them swim around their homes, latching and unlatching onto seaweed. There are several small viewing tanks with facts posted around.

Sea Horses

4. 360° tunnel – who wouldn’t love fish, turtles, and sting rays swimming above and beneath you? It can get crowded in this section but take your time and you can backtrack after a group has passed. It’s worth the stay, almost mesmerizing, and makes for fabulous photos.

360 Tunnel

5. Stamp stations – when you purchase admission at Sea Life Arizona, you’ll be given a stamp book. Each stamp can be found at various locations in the aquarium and it’s a fun hide-n-seek game for kids. Plus the book has great facts about sea life and animals, perfect for taking home to continue learning. (Be sure to redeem your completed stamp book at the photo counter for a special prize!)

6. Outdoor play – there’s a fun water experience outdoors, around the touch tank area. Kids will love to splash, dump and float boats down a little river. There are also misters to keep this area semi- cooler during the summer. Think of it as a sort of splash pad within an aquarium!

7. Indoor playground – at the end of your experience, let the kids enjoy a two-story playground. This is always a highlight; who doesn’t love climbing and jumping?

The Octopus GardenSea Life ArizonaSea Life Arizona Aquarium Touch TankTurtlesSea Life Arizona

The play area and gift shop are a nice way to finish off the aquarium visit. Sea Life has done a wonderful job bringing aquatic life to us landlocked desert dwellers! Even if a membership isn’t your thing, it’s definitely worth a visit. (Also look into purchasing tickets online for a discount.)

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Getting there

Sea Life Arizona
Arizona Mills
5000 S Arizona Mills Cir
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (480) 478-7600

Trying to decide whether to visit SeaLife or Odysea Aquarium? Check out our article comparing both!


  • Chris and Jana Tingom

    We live in Scottsdale, AZ and have three children, ages 10, 7 and 3. They are full of energy, and so we're always looking for new things to do. Come join our family adventures!

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