Shark Week around the Twin Cities

SeaQuest features shark-themed happenings—including a snorkel among sharks—while Sea Life, at Mall of America, spotlights Shark Cove

Courtesy SeaQuest

With Shark Week 2019 upon us (through August 4), Sea Life, the aquarium in the Mall of America, and the recently opened SeaQuest, in Rosedale Center, are hosting shark-themed events in honor of the Discovery Channel’s jaw-some week of programming about the ocean’s scariest predator.

Here are ways to celebrate:

Sea Life at Mall of America
Sea Life at Mall of America

Courtesy Sea Life at Mall of America

Sea Life

Where: Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington
When: Through August 4

On the east side of Level 1 at Mall of America, the Sea Life aquarium holds shark talks at 1 and 6 p.m. daily, so you and your kids can learn about the silky carnivores in the flesh. And speaking of flesh: Watch the sharks in action when feeding time strikes, at 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Throughout Shark Cove, inside the 300-foot Ocean Tunnel that winds through the depths of the mall, spot the sharks that make up the aquarium’s impressive collection, some up to 9 feet long.

Meanwhile, Sea Life also features weekend dive shows, photo ops with LEGO Shark Suit Guy and Sharky, LEGO shark builds, and giant shark jaws that you can touch. Shark Week activities come with general admission to Sea Life. Learn more.


Where: Rosedale Center, 1595 MN-36, Roseville
When: Through August 4

SeaQuest is a hands-on aquarium with locations in 10 states. (The one in Roseville, open as of this past May, marked the sixth.) It offers visitors the chance to feed and interact with sharks, stingrays, birds, and other animals.

For Shark Week, adventurous visitors can snorkel in a 36-gallon exhibit of reef sharks, stingrays, and hundreds of tropical fish. Kids can also “sleep with the sharks” at a sleepover event.

SeaQuest’s Shark Week also includes informative shark shows, with real-time shark training. There will be coloring sheets for kids, pigs in shark costumes, shark-shaped treats for animals, and shark floats in the koi fish tanks. Plus, visitors wearing shark attire get a free token to feed the sharks. Learn more.