Minnesota offers so many things to do in the summer. It seems every town has their own celebration, but we decided to take a break from the parades, carnivals & corndogs to check out Sea Life at the Mall of America. It had been over a decade since I first visited the aquarium and I still found it magical. I had the pleasure of sharing this experience with my nephew AND Bomstad Dental patient, Oliver! We were slightly disappointed we were no longer able to touch the stingrays. Sea Life is currently working on a breeding program, so they are not allowing the public to touch the rays. We still enjoyed watching them glide around their tank and were able to ask the staff many questions about the different types of rays on exhibit. You can also purchase shrimp and fish to feed the rays. Although the rays were off limits for us to touch, they still had things we could touch, including sea anemones. Sea Life: Mall of America really entertains people of all ages, but 8 was a fabulous age to bring to the aquarium. They have a Junior Ranger program with different tasks the Junior Rangers have to complete. There are different games to play to help the baby turtles make it safely to the ocean, stamps you can collect along the way and special hat for your Junior Ranger to wear. Ollie and I really enjoyed the sea horses and the jelly fish room, but in my opinion Shark Cove was hard to beat! We spent the most time in the tunnel watching the fish swim all around us. We particularly enjoyed when the stingrays would swim over us because if looked like they were smiling! If you are looking for something to beat the heat, I highly recommend Sea Life: Mall of America. Tickets are cheaper if you purchase them online. Dairy Queen also offers a couple of promotions; DQF17 gives you a free child admission with a full price adult admission and DQ517 gives you $5 off any admission. (You are unable to combine these promotions with any other offers.) Enjoy Sea Life today!