New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium Announces Opening Date!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Mark your calendars! New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium has officially announced its opening date. They've also given us a 'tank filling' sneak peek of their amazing 'City Under the Sea' display located within American Dream in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Read on for all of the details and a glimpse of what's to come!

New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium will be opening 6/15/21! Mark your calendars!

Disclosure: This information was taken directly from New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium's press release. Photos and video provided by New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium, Merlin Entertainment. 

New Jersey SEA LIFE ® Aquarium, located within American Dream in East Rutherford, N.J, reached a new construction milestone today with the filling of its water tanks with nearly 250,000 gallons of water and announced it will officially open to the public this summer!

With the water filling comes the first look at the ‘City Under the Sea’ theming in the grand ocean tank, which features a 13-foot-tall replica of the Empire ‘Skate’ Building, the famous Manhattan hotel, the “Whaledorf” Astoria and more iconic buildings. The aquarium's largest tank will be home to various species of sharks and more exciting sea creatures.

Camille DePascale, General Manager of New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium and Rich Weddle, New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium’s Curator commenced the water fill with a ceremonial bucket pour into the grand ocean tank.

“The water fill is an exciting milestone for us because it takes us one step closer to opening day and gives a sneak peek into this one-of-a-kind SEA LIFE location with its ‘City Under the Sea’ theming,” said DePascale. “We can’t wait to entertain and educate our guests about the ocean, its inhabitants and future preservation.”

As the 10th SEA LIFE in the United States and the first in the Northeast, the 25,000-square-foot New Jersey location will have 12 different exhibits with more than 3,000 creatures. Once completely filled, the tanks will undergo different culturing and filtration processes to uphold the highest water quality. Unique in the footprint, New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium’s diverse tanks will support salt, fresh and warm water creatures and feature approximately 75-100 different species of fish and invertebrates from local and international waters.

Additionally, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center New Jersey, also located within American Dream (and a Merlin Entertainments Limited attraction) and beside the New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium, will officially open this spring.

photo taken at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia

The ultimate indoor LEGO playground for families with children aged 3 to 10, LEGOLAND Discovery Center New Jersey offers a fun, highly interactive, and educational experience with a range of exciting LEGO build and play zones. These include a LEGO themed train ride called the Imagination Express, a 4D cinema playing 3 LEGO short films, a Creative Workshop where kids and families can learn tips and tricks from a team of model builders, and MINILAND featuring iconic New Jersey and New York landmarks made from over 1.5 million LEGO bricks. The Center will also have a Café & Coffee Shop for light bites and beverages, party rooms for birthday celebrations, and a LEGO Shop with a full offering of LEGO products that are accessible for purchase with or without a ticket to LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

There will be several ways to visit New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center New Jersey including general admission tickets, annual passes, birthday party packages, school and group tickets and more. To purchase tickets to both locations now, visit the following: 

photo from LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia


SEA LIFE is the world’s largest family of aquariums and proudly 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.

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.

American Dream Mall
East Rutherford, NJ

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