An image of the aquarium's Blackbeard sculpture

An amazing new addition to the city’s vibrant cultural centres is SEA LIFE San Antonio, an aquarium with an underwater ocean tunnel. It is all set for a grand opening on 25 May at the Shops at Rivercenter.

According to its curator, Nick Ireland, the aquarium will be home to more than 3000 aquatic creatures, including an eight-foot zebra shark.

SEA LIFE San Antonio also has in store a number of attractions for visitors such as 10 Interactive Zones as well as daily talks and feeding sessions and a LEGOLAND Discovery Center. There is a wonderful Seahorse Mangrove Exhibit in the making where 15 different varieties of these creatures will up on display along with another curious exhibit called Shipwreck that will house mesmerising technicolour reefs full of live corals, schools of bannerfish and coral fish. This singular display will feature hundreds of species from six different habitats.

Underwater Ocean Tunnel – First In San Antonio

A signature element of the SEA LIFE aquarium that has us on our toes is the underwater ocean tunnel through which visitors can come ‘face to fin’ with the aquatic life and catch glimpses of sharks and sting rays. This tunnel is Alamo City’s only ocean tunnel with fish swimming above the visitors in 160,000 gallons of water.


In the 20 ft deep tunnel also lives Blackbeard, the massive 15-foot-tall underwater sculpture accompanied by 20 species with different colours and habitats that are found in the tropical ocean. The space is so huge according to the aquarium, that SCUBA divers swoop in every week to clean up the fishes’ home.

The aquarium was set to open in May 2019 which was later delayed and scheduled for 2020 until the pandemic interrupted the workings of the world. Now, it is all geared up to make waves in the city with its breath-taking features like the Seahorse Nursery, Rockpools and its very own Submarine Playzone.

Of them all, the Rockpools promise to be a really fascinating interactive experience in which kids and parents alike can participate to know more about sea life by actually being able to touch sea anemones, sea stars, sea urchins and so many more creatures.

COVID-19 precautions

All visitors 10 and above will be asked to wear masks and the aquarium will be operational in limited capacity.


SEA LIFE tickets cost $23.99 per person.

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