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Located at American Dream in East Rutherford, NJ! Plan ahead with some of our most frequently asked questions below.

Planning A Visit

To ensure our guests have the best experience possible, we limit the number of visitors that can be in SEA LIFE at one time. The best way of ensuring your entry is by reserving your tickets online (while receiving special online discounts)!

American Dream offers convenient parking to all guests. The first 30 minutes of parking is free, and after that, it costs $5.00 per vehicle throughout the day (except when event rates are in effect). On stadium event days, we highly recommend parking in Decks B / C Level 1 and take the walk bridge to Deck A, then enter American Dream through the entrance doors on Level 1/ Deck A. Visit American Dream’s website for information on current events. You can also visit the MetLife Stadium event calendar for a list of upcoming events.

Visits to New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium are not guided. The typical visit takes about 1 hour, but you are welcome to stay for as long as you wish.

We do not allow outside food or beverage, unless caring for babies or food allergies in children.

Yes, we are fully accessible for visitors with disabilities and wheelchair users. We do not provide wheelchair or stroller rentals at our attraction.

SEA LIFE New Jersey is taking all possible steps to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests, staff and creatures as needed, and are following the local safety regulations in place. This includes limiting capacity and ensuring social distancing through various signage and monitoring staff.

Face coverings are highly recommended for guests (3+).

Enhanced cleaning measures will also be implemented throughout the day to clean and sanitize the aquarium including high-frequency touch points and play areas.

The majority of attractions ask guests to use a contactless bank card instead of cash. This initial operational change was trialed as a result of the pandemic due to ongoing health and safety concerns over the handling of cash. Most of our guests have embraced this and they are made aware in advance of visiting our attractions. Other options are available for guests to make payments such as using our NO FEE cash to card machines.


We will always try and work with our guests to ensure we can find a solution for those unable to use card payments and ask that those guests who have those requirements contact guest services to discuss options before they visit.

We have an indoor play area for kids 32"-58" tall. Please note that socks are required to play in this area. 


To ensure our guests have the best experience possible, we have limited the number of visitors that can be in SEA LIFE at one time. All guests buying tickets online OR at the door will be required to make a reservation for an entry time.

Advanced Purchase - Best Value and Guaranteed Entry (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

  • Purchase tickets online here.
  • Upon your arrival to SEA LIFE, you will enter the "I Have Tickets" line at the start of your reservation.
  • Please note during peak periods such as holidays, Spring break and Summer there may be a small wait upon entering the reservation line.

Walk-Up Purchase

  • If you purchase tickets at the door, you will be required to reserve the next available time slot. You will enter the 'I Have Tickets' line at the start of your reserved entry time. The only way to guarantee your entry is to reserve your tickets online.
  • Please note, during peak times, we may sell out of walk-up tickets. The only way to guarantee your entry is to purchase your tickets on advance online.

Once inside, stay as long as you like.

When booking your ticket you will be asked to select a date and time for your arrival. This helps us make your experience more enjoyable by reducing queue times, speeding up your entry in to the attraction and reducing crowding. Once inside the attraction, you may stay as long as you like! 

For the best price, book online at least 24 hours in advance of your visit. 

Reserved tickets are any tickets purchased on our website, at SEA LIFE, or from a third party. 

Unreserved tickets are those bought on the day of your visit using a coupon or discount at the door. Also, guests that are a half hour late or more for their reservation are required to use this line as well. Unreserved tickets enter the Center as soon as possible when there are open reservations. 

To ensure our guests have the best experience possible, we limit the number of visitors that can be in SEA LIFE at one time. There are 30 minute windows between reservation times to control capacity in the attraction.  This creates a better experience for all our guests! 

During peak times, you may experience a short wait in the "I Have Tickets" line as guests enter SEA LIFE.

Guests that are a half hour late or more for their reservation will enter the "I Have Tickets" line, but may experience a longer than usual wait time.

All children ages 2 and over need a ticket. Children under 2 are FREE.

Annual Membership

No. If you have an Annual Membership, you can get your Membership pass scanned before entering the attraction.

Yes. If you have a Gold Season Pass from LEGOLAND New York, your benefits include admission to Regional Attractions. Blackout dates apply for regional attractions.

Gold Season Passes are valid March 27 - December, 2024.

All children over 2 years of age need a ticket. Children 2 years and under are FREE.