My kids *love* visiting Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine. They could stare at all the cool sea creatures all.day.long, and I love it because it’s an all-weather activity (we go when it’s hot, we go when it’s cold!). And now we have a new reason to visit – the Turtle Rescue Center at Sea Life Aquarium lets us get up close and personal with some very special turtles!
You wouldn’t think that there would be a sea turtle rehab and rescue center in the middle of Texas, but there is, indeed. The three turtles in the Rescue Center were all rescued from the ocean, and are the products of boating accidents. Roxy, the biggest and most social turtle (from what I could tell), is missing two fins. The other turtles have large holes in their shells from unfortunate run-ins with boats that prevent them from swimming down from the water’s surface.
The <arel=”nofollow”href=”http://www.visitsealife.com/?cc=us”>Turtle Rescue Center at Sea Life Aquarium is equipped to not only rehab these animals, but also to provide them with a safe place to live out their lives.
A turtle with a hole in its shell is no match for the open seas. They bob around, helplessly – and as you can imagine, wouldn’t survive long. At Sea Life, they create weighted patches for the holes in the turtles’ shells. These are applied with an epoxy and must be replaced every few years, as the turtles age and grow (they can live for a long time, y’all…). In fact, if you see the aquarium’s largest turtle, Hope, you’ll see such a patch on her shell (she lives in the the main aquarium and is not part of the rescue center).
My kids loved visiting the Rescue Center (Roxy slowwwwwly swam around the tank, eyeing everyone carefully as she passed, and it was easy to tell that she has a strong personality – which was confirmed by on the very knowledgeable and helpful employees I spoke with!).
They also love seeing the rest of the aquarium, and this visit was no exception.
We’ve visited the aquarium during Christmas break and in the middle of summer, and even with crowds it’s easy to navigate and see everything. And even with “crowds,” we were able to get this picture of Jack in the tunnel all by himself!
I love that everything is created for children to fully experience. Everything is eye-level, even for the littlest of visitors. On a side note, stingrays are very silly. This particular one was jumping out of the water upside down…who knew they had such personalities?!
You can watch the sharks swimming around you, spy on seahorses, marvel at jellyfish, and then compare yourself to the giant jaws of a Very Large Ocean Animal.
If you want to visit SeaLife Aquarium, now is the time. There are lots of great online deals going on for both Sea Life Aquarium *and* LEGOLAND Discovery Center…including FREE ADMISSION for children with the purchase of an adult ticket! You can pick up a coupon for your free child’s admission at the locations listed below. You can also check online for more great deals at the Sea Life website.
Have you been to Sea Life Aquarium? What is your favorite thing to see?
Disclosure: We attended a Turtle Rescue Center preview event. All opinions and experiences were 100% my own, and I was not asked to write this post…but I had to share because it’s so awesome!