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Sharks After Dark

Discover thousands of sea creatures at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium... after dark! Snack on the nacho bar and enjoy our Live DJ at the Aquarium. Then, get your game on with unlimited non-ticketing games at Game Works on the 4th floor. Fun activities will be available throughout the night!


2017 Dates:

Friday, December 8

What's Included?

Your $35 ticket includes everything you need for a great night:

  • Aquarium Admission ($24.49 value)
  • 4 Hours Unlimited GameWorks Game Card (Valid only for non-ticketed games)                           
  • Live DJ at Aquarium
  • Complimentary Nacho Bar
  • Drink Specials at GameWorks




General Admission

$35 + tax per person




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Group rate available for groups of 10 or more. Group reservations must be made in advance. Contact us for more information: 952-853-0631 or email

Event Guide

Use this timeline to assist you while planning your Sharks After Dark experience. For additional assistance, please refer to the FAQ listed below. All times subject to change without notice.



Frequently Asked Questions

When does the event start/what are the hours?

Sharks After Dark starts at 9:00pm and goes till 12:00am. GameWorks may remain open after midnight depending on the day. The last entrance into the aquarium is 11:30pm, but all guests who are inside the Aquarium before 11:30pm may stay until midnight.

How much do Sharks After Dark tickets cost?

The price for admission to Sharks After Dark is $35.00+tax.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on our online ticketing page.

What does the Nacho Bar include?

The Nacho Bar includes unlimited chips, salsa, queso dip, fixings, vegetable tray, and water provided. Selection may vary depending on demand.

Where do I get my GameWorks game card and how does it work?

When a customer checks-in or purchases an admission at the box office they will be given a coupon to redeem at GameWorks for a free 2-hour unlimited game card, valid only for that night.

2-hours starts at the beginning of your first game and runs for 2 continuous hours. The 2 hour time limit applies to how long the game lasts, not a running 2 hour clock. The card is good for only non-ticketing games.

When do the lights go out in the Aquarium?

The lights turn off in the Ocean Tunnel around 11:00pm (exact time may vary). Additional exhibit lights may be turned off throughout the event to help keep animals on a regular sleep schedule.

What is "advanced check-in"?

Customers who purchased their tickets in advance (online), have the ability to check in early from 8:15pm to 8:45pm. Advance check-in allows guests to use their 2-hour game card early. The Aquarium will not open until 9:00pm.

Where is SEA LIFE and GameWorks located?

The aquarium is located on the East Side of Mall of America on the first floor. GameWorks is located on the East Side of Mall of America on the 4th floor (directly above the Aquarium).

Guests can come and go between SEA LIFE and GameWorks. There are elevators and escalators available for guests to move between each location.