Sea Life Grapevine Announces Opening Of New Rain Forest Adventure Addition!
Newly Transformed Galleries Offer Close Encounters With Caimans, Piranha and Snakes
Grapevine, Texas (June 23, 2015) – SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium is pleased to announce that Rainforest Adventure, its new 3,500-square-foot interactive exhibit, will open just in time for summer on Friday, July 10.
The new permanent exhibit takes guests to the lush environment of the world’s rainforests where they will encounter brand new species to SEA LIFE, including caimans, piranha, pythons and more. The five-gallery display replaces the freshwater lakes exhibit and spotlights a variety of animals native to the Amazon River basin. Unique features include a piranha walk-through tunnel, a domed pop-up window in the middle of the snake habitat, and newly renovated touch tanks with coldwater invertebrates.
Guests begin their journey through the rainforest where rays of light shine through the mist and forest canopy. In the Amazonian rivers gallery, freshwater fish swim amongst twisted roots, tree stumps and lush planting. The caiman exhibit takes visitors to an abandoned ancient temple reclaimed by the forest and two Cuvier’s dwarf caimans. Next, visitors of all ages get an up-close view of red-bellied piranha as they swim overhead in the eight-foot long walk through tunnel. In the snake habitat is a domed pop-up window where kids can observe the intriguing lifestyle of the Burmese python, one of the largest snake species on earth. Upon exiting the rainforest, guests will discover the newly re-imagined rock pools where they can touch and learn about coldwater invertebrates native to the west coast.
Visitors can engage one-on-one with education hosts during daily educational talks to learn more about a variety of exotic reptiles including the Argentine tegu, Australian blue-tongued skink, and Madagascar tomato frog.
“This is the biggest investment we’ve made since our opening in 2011,” says Iain Scouller, Regional General Manager SEA LIFE Grapevine. “The new Rainforest Adventure exhibit recreates extraordinary natural environments with exciting architectural elements, creating a highly immersive experience for visitors.”
SEA LIFE Grapevine is asking the public to help name their two Cuvier’s dwarf caimans. Cast your vote here. The winning names will be announced at the grand opening on July 10.
Tickets: Admission is $20 for adults, $16 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and under.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – attraction remains open 90 minutes after last admission.
About SEA LIFE Grapevine:
SEA LIFE Grapevine transports you into the amazing underwater world. Prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays and powerful sharks. With an amazing 360° ocean tunnel, 30 display tanks and thousands of sea creatures the aquarium is the perfect stop for family fun. To get any closer you would have to get wet! Admission is $20 for adults, $16 for children ages 3 to 12. For more information visit www.visitsealife.com/grapevine. Follow us on Facebook: @sealifegrapevine Twitter: @sealifegrpevine and Instagram: @sealifegrpevine.
About Merlin Entertainments:
MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 109 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and c26,000 employees (peak season).
Merlin has twenty five attractions and two hotels in North America – including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida with its theme park, water park and hotel; and LEGOLAND California theme park with water park and the SEA LIFE aquarium and themed hotel; Orlando Eye; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York; Washington DC; Las Vegas; Hollywood; Orlando and San Francisco; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston; Westchester, New York; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Michigan; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis; Orlando, Florida and Charlotte – Concord, N Carolina – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator. Visitwww.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.