Whether you’re a marine enthusiast or just eager to get away for a while, Texas has some great aquariums for you and your loved ones to explore. Here are some year-round choices for you to check out in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The Dallas World Aquarium
1801 North Griffin Street
The Dallas World Aquarium opened to the public in 1992 near the West End Historic District, and features animal feedings, informative talks, and an extensive number of exhibits (including manatees and jaguars… separately, of course!) for guests to enjoy. With its great dedication to species conservation, environmental education, and excellent treatment of the animals in its care, both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) have accredited the Dallas World Aquarium.
The DWA is open daily (excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 10 am to 5 pm, and discounts are available for military personnel, their guests, and groups of fifteen or more.
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium is a 45,000-square-foot facility with over five thousand underwater creatures in thirty displays. Like the Dallas World Aquarium, SEA LIFE has a strong background in conservation and environmental responsibility, with multiple campaigns in its registered charity for interested donors. At the aquarium itself, they provide rescued animals with rehabilitation before releasing them back into the wild, permanent re-homing for creatures that are in need of care and a place to thrive, and breeding programs for species sustainability.
SEA LIFE is open at varying hours seven days a week, with discounts and birthday party booking available online. As if you needed more reasons to recycle, SEA LIFE also offers 10% off standard admission for each guest that brings in twenty plastic bags.
Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
1462 First Avenue
The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park opened back in 1936 for the Texas Centennial Celebration, and now has even more to offer to families since its eight million dollar renovation in 2010. There are plenty of interactive exhibits to entertain and educate your little ones, as well as feeding demonstrations, field trip opportunities, birthday party availability, “Sleeping with the Fishes” overnight events, homeschool days, and camps during summer and winter.
Doors are open all week (excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 10:30 to 4:30 pm, and there are reduced rates for Dallas Zoo Members, annual pass holders, and groups.