New Jersey SEA LIFE® Aquarium and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center New Jersey at American Dream Will Open in Spring 2021

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
It's time to get excited because New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center New Jersey just announced opening plans for Spring, 2021! They'll have enhanced health and safety procedures in place at both attractions, so never fear. Take a look at their most recent press release, and scroll to the bottom for links to all of my posts about New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center!


Disclosure: the information in this post comes directly from the Merlin Entertainments Ltd. press release about New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium. 


Merlin Entertainments Ltd (Merlin), the second largest attraction operator in the world, today announced New Jersey SEA LIFE® Aquarium, a 25,000-square-foot aquarium, and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center New Jersey, the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground for families, will open in Spring 2021 at the revolutionary American Dream in East Rutherford, NJ. Both under-construction attractions were on track to debut in spring 2020, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, opening dates were shifted to implement safety measures in accordance with current state guidelines.

artist's rendition courtesy of Merlin Entertainment Ltd

 “The health of our guests, staff and sea creatures is of utmost importance and we are taking every step to prepare for a safe and exciting opening next year,” said General Manager, Camille DePascale. “Our number one priority is to create fun and educational experiences for families at New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center New Jersey, all within a safe and comfortable environment.”

SEA LIFE New Jersey’s unique “City Under The Sea” theme will feature more than 10 interactive exhibits inspired by the area’s most memorable landmarks and experiences. Visitors will experience the creatures of the rock pool that are the ‘Athletes of the Shores,’ seahorses that are the ‘Ballet Dancers of the Ocean,’ piranhas that are the ‘Wall Street Wolves,’ jellies that are the ‘Disco DJs of the Deep,’ and more. The aquarium’s featured experience is an underwater tunnel with panoramic views of ‘fishified’ Manhattan landmarks set amidst schools of tropical fish, sharks, rays and more.

artist's rendition courtesy of Merlin Entertainment Ltd.

In total, SEA LIFE New Jersey will be home to more than 3,000 creatures, with approximately 75-100 different species of fish and invertebrates from local and international waters. The attraction will also offer enlightening talks and feeding demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours, and more, allowing guests to interact directly with some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth.

photo courtesy of Merlin Entertainment Ltd

LEGOLAND Discovery Center New Jersey is the ultimate indoor LEGO playground that will offer fun, highly interactive, and educational experiences for families with children aged 3-10. The Center will feature a range of exciting LEGO play experiences including a LEGO themed train ride, 4D cinema, LEGO building classes hosted by the Master Model Builder, MINILAND™ a LEGO re-creation of NJ and NYC landmarks, plus several themed interactive build and play zones. LEGOLAND Discovery Center is the perfect destination for 2-3 hours of indoor play year-round.
 
Both attractions will follow the local safety regulations in place when opening in the spring of 2021. The attractions are prepared to limit capacity, ensure social distancing through various signage and monitoring staff, and require face coverings or masks to be worn by staff and guests. Enhanced cleaning measures will also be implemented throughout the day to clean and sanitize the attractions including high-frequency touchpoints, play areas, and at LEGOLAND Discovery Center, the LEGO bricks.
 
Tickets for SEA LIFE and LEGOLAND Discovery Center will be available for purchase in the coming months. For more information, visit: https://www.visitsealife.com/new-jersey/ and https://newjersey.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/.
 

About SEA LIFE 

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 have recently opened the world’s first whale sanctuary.
New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium, located in East Rutherford, NJ at American Dream will be a first of its kind for SEA LIFE. Guests can experience the city under the sea with the attraction’s 10+ interactive exhibits entirely themed to New York and New Jersey’s most memorable and iconic moments. The featured exhibit will be an underwater tunnel with panoramic views of Manhattan landmarks rising from the seabed amidst schools of tropical fish, sharks, rays and more! 
Visit https://www.visitsealife.com/new-jersey/ for more information.
 

About LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center New Jersey, located in East Rutherford, New Jersey at American Dream, is the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground for families with children aged 3-10. The indoor LEGO attraction is a three-hour play experience featuring a LEGO themed train ride, 4D cinema, MINILAND™ a LEGO re-creation of NJ and NYC landmarks, plus several themed interactive build and play zones.  

The New Jersey location joins the LEGOLAND Discovery Center family in the Northeast along with locations in Westchester (NY), Philadelphia and Boston.
For more information please visit https://newjersey.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/.  


The Jersey Momma's Coverage 

For more info about New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center, please check out the posts below of my experiences and covergare from 2019 till present. I was sooo looking forward to a fun-filled 2020 when these venues would open, but as we all know, life had other plans for us. I am excited and hopeful for 2021, and I encourage you to stay tuned to The Jersey Momma for more updates! 

New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium Announces Opening Date


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia (this is not from the New Jersey location but it gives you a good idea of what to expect during a visit to a LEGOLAND Discovery Center)

And for information about the upcoming LEGOLAND New York theme park (also opening 2021), check out all of my LEGOLAND New York posts here!

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