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SEA LIFE NJ and Legoland Discovery Center open at American Dream

Merlin has opened the long-anticipated SEA LIFE Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center at American Dream in New Jersey.

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Merlin Entertainments has officially opened its SEA LIFE Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center at the American Dream mega-mall in the Meadowlands, New Jersey.

The SEA LIFE Aquarium was originally due to open in April 2020. However, it was delayed by COVID-19. Merlin announced in March that the attractions would open on May 4 before delaying the launch dates again.

“We have been waiting for a long time to welcome you into our space,” said Nicole Mozeliak, chief operating officer of American Dream (via NJ Advance Media). The opening of the new attractions “really elevates our experiences here at American Dream”.

SEA LIFE New Jersey is home to more than 3,000 sea creatures, including piranhas, seahorses, jellyfish and tropical fish. The aquarium’s 10 exhibits are inspired by iconic landmarks in New York City and New Jersey.

10 fishy exhibits at SEA LIFE New Jersey

Highlights include an underwater tunnel brimming with sharks and rays, while exhibits comprise Sharks Fish Avenue, Urban Jungle, Jellies 54, Stingray Bay and Seahorse Mangroves.

Legoland Discovery Center features interactive and educational experiences for families, including build and play zones. It houses a 4D cinema and Miniland – a Lego recreation of NJ and NYC landmarks.

In addition, New Jersey’s Legoland Discover Centre boasts the Imagination Express train ride, a creative workshop, Duplo Park, Lego Ninjago soft play, Heartlake City and Earthquake Tables.

Earlier this year, American Dream opened another immersive attraction called TiLT Museum, which features the work of renowned street painter Tracy Lee Stum.

Build and play at Legoland Discovery Center

“At American Dream, we’re always looking for new ways to create unforgettable experiences for our guests, and with Tracy’s extraordinary vision, we’ve raised the bar to new heights,” said Don Ghermezian, CEO of American Dream.

“The TiLT Museum is one-of-a-kind, and we’re looking forward to sharing this revolutionary interactive concept with art lovers of all ages.”

TiLT Museum joins existing retailtainment offerings and attractions at American Dream, such as The Rink, DreamWorks Water ParkNickelodeon Universe, and Big SNOW.

Images: Merlin Entertainments

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Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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