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By DESIREE HOY, Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of greatlakescrossingoutlets.com
Photo courtesy of greatlakescrossingoutlets.com

Now that the weather is finally breaking and fun is in the air, most people are trying to find interesting things to do. Just a little over a month ago the Michigan SEA LIFE Aquarium opened, and people seem to be enjoying it. It’s located inside the Great Lakes Crossing Outlet Mall in Auburn Hills close to the Rainforest Cafe.

SEA LIFE has a variety of exotic sea creatures that are likely to keep you fascinated throughout the tour. It is said they have a giant octopus, a manta ray, jelly fishes, sea horses, and amongst other things six new sharks! They also have an interactive touchpool which includes things that people typically eat, like crab and shrimp. Let’s talk about that, or actually let’s not if you guys are interested, it’s there.

Before going to visit the aquarium, I suggest you consider a couple of tips to ensure smoother experience. First, be sure to purchase your tickets online, because word is the line can get kind of long, especially on weekends, and its slightly cheaper this way as well. They even have an annual ticket option that includes awesome benefits, and pretty much pays for itself after 2-3 visits. However, it’s understandable if you’re not ready to make that kind of commitment, so an individual ticket will run you a little over 20 bucks. I would also consider booking in advance due to the aquarium selling out often during special events which they hold every few weeks.

While, most people seem to be pleased with their overall experience at the aquarium some were upset with a few things. Due to the grand opening being on Jan. 29, most people are quite anxious to see what all the hype is about, which has resulted in some overcrowding.  A good way to avoid this is to go on a weekday, or generally during a time when most people are at work. Not to say that my readers don’t work, but whatever, you get the point. I don’t think over overcrowding will be an issue for long, but people are psyched-out about this aquarium right now, because it just opened up.

The aquarium received decent reviews from the general public saying that it is delightful, fun, and clean. They had me at clean, but some people can be so unreasonable in those reviews, stating that there were “Too many strollers.” Moving along, they have great customer service employees who are extremely hospitable and figured out ways to make light comments like the “Stroller lady.” I think the aquarium is a beautiful, educational experience, so get online and book your ticket today!