Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium is in the Mall of America. This underground walk-through aquarium allows visitors to come nose to nose with more than 10,000 sea creatures, including sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and an octopus. Touch a starfish or a crab, get an up-close look at seahorses, follow an interactive quiz trail and explore a rainforest. A 45-minute behind-the-scenes tour gives visitors a look at the facilities where food is prepared for the aquarium's residents as well as a peek at the inner workings of the display tanks.
Feeding times are posted; phone ahead or check the schedule online and plan your visit around them, since they're among the most entertaining activities.
Note: The only way to exit the aquarium is through the gift shop.
Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.