New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium Opening at American Dream!

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Have you heard about SEA LIFE New Jersey Aquarium? Opening in 2020 alongside LEGOLAND Discovery Center at American Dream, SEA LIFE will be a 35,000-square-foot aquarium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, themed around New York City’s most iconic moments and landmarks. It's playfully dubbed, 'City Under the Sea.' Read on to learn more!

*SEA LIFE New Jersey Aquarium will be opening 6/15/21!

Disclosure: I attended a press event at the gorgeous En Vue Hotel in Weehawken to learn more about New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium and now I'm just as excited as you are. Much of the information and wording below was taken directly from the New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium press release from Merlin Entertainment. Photos and artist renderings come from Merlin Entertainment unless otherwise stated.

**Please note:  SEA LIFE New Jersey Aquarium will be opening 6/15/21. Check back for the latest updates! 

(*the information below was taken directly from New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium press release)

During New Jersey SEA LIFE’s event on November 14th, media and guests were hosted at the brand new EnVue Hotel in Weehawken, New Jersey, Merlin Executives unveiled New Jersey SEA LIFE’s unique 'City Under the Sea' themed concepts through a series of visual presentations and fun activities, with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.

Chief New Openings Officer at Merlin Entertainments stated, "...the much-anticipated New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium will deliver a one-of-a-kind experience that will inspire and educate visitors about the ocean and the diverse creatures that call it home.” 

About SEA LIFE Aquarium

SEA LIFE is the world’s largest family of aquariums and delivers amazing discoveries to more than 23 million people annually in over 50 sites across the world. From breathtaking underwater tunnels to incredible up-close encounters, guests can dive into the ocean world without getting wet. Visit for more information.

About New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium

Exploring through 250,000 gallons of water, SEA LIFE guests begin their adventure in the 'Rush Hour of the Ocean’ platform with subway-style adverts and swarming yellow eels, reminiscent of NYC taxi cabs. From there the journey will progress into the ‘City’s Freshwater’ where visitors can engage with the indigenous fish from the Hudson River, and into the colorful ‘Urban Jungle’ where naturalistic flora and New York Deco architecture intertwine amongst a variety of creatures. ‘Sharks Fish Avenue’ will showcase an imaginative display of storefront windows as the voyage continues through the stunning underwater tunnel centerpiece with a 360-degree view of Manhattan landmarks, such as the Chrysler Building and Times Square, set amidst schools of tropical fish, sharks, rays and more.

artist renditions from Merlin Entertainment

In total, New Jersey’s SEA LIFE will be home to more than 3,000 creatures, with approximately 75-100 different species of fish and invertebrates from local and international waters.
Through more than ten interactive exhibits, visitors will experience the creatures of the rock pool that are the ‘Athletes of the Shores,’ the seahorses that are the ‘Ballet Dancers of the Ocean,’ the piranhas that are the ‘Wall Street Wolves’ and the jellies that are the ‘Disco DJs of the Deep.’ The attraction will also offer enlightening talks, events, feeding demonstrations, and more, allowing guests to interact directly with some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth.

artist rendition from Merlin Entertainment

artist rendition from Merlin Entertainment

Conservation and Education

According to the press release, "...this will be Merlin’s tenth SEA LIFE in the United States and the first in the Northeast. As the world’s largest aquarium brand, SEA LIFE has the largest community of marine experts worldwide and offers the best in class care and treatment of all fish and creatures. In addition, SEA LIFE aquarium’s registered charity SEA LIFE Trust will be supporting local projects to protect marine wildlife and their habitats, as well as activating conservation campaigns of its own to effect global, long-lasting change. More than just an aquarium, SEA LIFE, and the SEA LIFE Trust have delivered impactful and world-leading conservation, including rescuing over 150 sea turtles and seals annually, and are building the world’s first beluga whale sanctuary.

photo from SEA LIFE Facebook page

LEGOLAND Discovery Center New Jersey

In addition to New Jersey SEA LIFE, Merlin will be opening LEGOLAND Discovery Center New Jersey, also located within American Dream. The New Jersey location joins the LEGOLAND Discovery Center family in the Northeast along with Westchester (NY), Philadelphia and Boston. LEGOLAND Discovery Center is an indoor LEGO® themed attraction, not to be confused with LEGOLAND New York Resort, the theme park opening in Goshen, NY on July 4, 2020.
The ultimate indoor playground for families with children ages 3–10, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center New Jersey will offer a fun, highly interactive, and educational experience with a range of exciting LEGO play areas. These will include a brick pool, master classes in the Creative Workshop from the LEGO Master Model Builder, an Imagination Express train ride, a 4D cinema, special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations, a café, a LEGO retail shop, and, of course, the popular MINILAND area—featuring models of local iconic landmarks—found in every LEGOLAND® Discovery Center.

For more information please visit

You can read about The Jersey Momma's experience 

And read more about LEGOLAND New York 

How to Visit New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium

There will be several ways to visit New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium at American Dream including general admission tickets, annual passes, birthday party packages, school and group tickets, and more.

For more information on New Jersey SEA LIFE visit:
and stay tuned to The Jersey Momma for more details!

American Dream Mall
East Rutherford, NJ

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