I have no kids or grandkids, and I absolutely loved Sea Life Arizona. The price was lower than I expected (they asked $16.50 at the door). A little strange waiting for 2 sets of doors to open, and the 1st exhibit was local river fish, but the exhibits got better and better `til I was in that amazing tunnel, and I could have stayed there for hours, glass all around, even the floor. It's inside the Arizona Mills Mall, which has a lot of shops and even a couple of nice restaurants, the Rainforest Cafe and Garcia's next to it. There is also an IMAX theater. I think you can save on the admission tickets if you get them online. It was a totally delightful experience, and I even used my hand stamp to go back through for a 2nd round. For people with kids, there is a lot for kids to do and explore, and a nice play area before you leave, for us grownups to sit and rest our feet.
They hyped this aquarium so much before it opened that I think everyone's expectations were overblown. The price of admission is ridiculous (about $20/person) to see some colorful fish and a few small sharks. I suppose it's a novelty to have an aquarium in the middle of the desert but they should rethink the admission price. It's in a mall afterall.
In Tempe, Az. the weather is always Hot. So to do an activity indoors would be your best bet, at Arizona Mills Mall there is a new attraction called Sea Life. Unfortunately, our visit wasn't the best. First of all it was a little pricey, the lines were long and when we finally entered our tour guide was super fast. So I would not reccommend this activity.
We enjoyed ourselves at this Sea Life. We really love the one in California!! The price of the tickets were reasonable and we were able to actually find coupons online. The parking was pretty bad because this is at the Mill's Mall. The Aquarium itself was not too crowded. My children were amazed at all the sea life and their habitats! There was so much information about the animals that it felt very educational! It was nice to be able to leave there and do some shopping!!
I have been to many aquariums around the United States. This one is by far the worst. The fish are not really that exotic looking. In fact, I have seen nicer fish at the pet store! The demonstrations were not very informative or entertaining. The fish tanks and actual aquarium is quite small and not very grande. In general, nothing impressive or extraordinary.
Done by the same people as the SEA LIFE in Carlsbad, CA. I was worried it might be too small and unimpressive, but they made amazing use of every square inch of their space. It does not feel small. It's lovely, fun, hands-on (involves a lot of sea life petting for the children's greatest pleasure), atmospheric, educational, and even has a little playground at the end. My husband, 3 children and I had visited the one in California and enjoyed it, but we actually prefer this new one.