The East Rutherford, NJ aquarium is the first SEA LIFE location in the northeast.
Sharks Fish Avenue
“You can’t go to a city under the sea without wanting to window shop,” Estrada noted. “Bonus: You don’t have to spend money there!” The showpiece is a sunken treasure ship, made into the Fifth Avenue department store, that features a beauty salon of cleaner shrimp that will actually clean your nails if you put your hand in the tank.
Reef at Night
Some say the city looks best at lit up at night, and the same can be said about some sea life. There are so many sea creatures that look cool in a dark setting, and this is where you can see them—including jeweled coral and the creatures that live around it. This exhibit also aims to help visitors understand and gain a respect for the coral reef through interactive games.
In this ode to Times Square, you’ll walk through a tunnel and be totally surrounded by sea life. Look above and you’ll see the underbellies of sharks and sting rays. Look around you, and you’ll see how tropical fish interact, live, and work together.
In addition to the exhibits, New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium plans to offer behind-the-scenes tours, talks and feeds, birthday parties, a gift shop, and a soft-play area for kids.
New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium will be located at American Dream in East Rutherford, NJ. City residents can easily get there via NJ Transit bus or train to American Dream/Meadowlands, or by the NY Waterway ferry (from West 39th Street to Port Imperial) and shuttle (from Port Imperial to American Dream. Admission is $26 for adults, $21 for children, and annual passes start at $69.95. Tickets are slated to go on sale Dec. 2 (perfect as a stocking stuffer!).
For more information, visit visitsealife.com/new-jersey.
Main image: A rendering of the Reef at Night exhibit at New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium
All photo courtesy Merlin Entertainments