Grapevine Mills will soon be the home of an enticing aquatic experience. Merlin Entertainments is partnering with The Mills to bring North Texas a new SEA LIFE Aquarium in the city of Grapevine by summer 2011.
The initial plans for the $15 million aquarium include a two-story, 45,000 square-foot aquarium featuring a wide array of marine life and a tropical ocean tank built with a walk-through underwater tunnel. The attraction also offers interactive opportunities for visitors including feeding demonstrations and participating in environmental and conservation marine campaigning.
“The SEA LIFE Aquarium will be the perfect complement to Grapevine Mills’ already celebrated shopping and entertainment experience. We look forward to our partnership with Merlin Entertainments and are confident that families will revel in the deep sea wonders that the aquarium will bring,” said Gregg Goodman, president of The Mills, in a press release.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, another Merlin Entertainments attraction, announced its plans last year to open at Grapevine Mills in March 2011. SEA LIFE and LEGOLAND will be built across from one another.
Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate supports the attractions in North Texas stating, “The combination of SEA LIFE, along with the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, will further solidify Grapevine’s position as the leading destination city in North Texas for families. SEA LIFE and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre will also create new jobs and generate additional income for local companies supplying and supporting these attractions.”
The aquarium is Merlin’s fourth SEA LIFE attraction to open in the USA.