Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
The wonderful Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park first opened its doors in 1936 in a fabulous Art Deco building. There are thousands of aquatic animals, including marine and freshwater fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Your adventure in the world of the Dallas Aquarium will allow you to see the wide array of species that make up our oceans and rivers and lakes.
One of the things that the Aquarium encourages visitors to see is the Seahorse Rodeo where nine seahorse species large (pot bellies (and small (dwarf) spend the day entwined with their tank mates. Did you know that the male Seahorse gives birth to babies from their pouches? There are also “relatives” of the seahorse on display including the monogamous blue stripe pipefish, the paper thinks shrimpfish and jumping alligator pipefish.
You will be able to see some of the astounding aquatic animals including jellyfish, poisonous stonefish, “fishing” anglerfish, and “luring” batfish.
Rare and Endangered Species Breeding Lab
The Aquarium participates in a number of national and international conservation and research projects and has achieved many ‘firsts” in the captive breeding of critically endangered Texas species such as the Comal Springs salamander, Texas blind salamander, and several desert fishes that are already extinct in nature. The lab’s viewing window offers a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing Aquarium conservation projects.
The Children’s Aquarium has been designed with kids in mind. With eye-level interactive zones and exhibits, everyone can enjoy and learn something new about our aquatic friends from around the world. Meet aquatic animals from fresh and saltwater habitats, get close-up to 11 species of sharks and feed the stingrays! Some of the most popular residents include an alligator snapping turtle, a rescued loggerhead sea turtle, jellyfish, seahorses, an albino American alligator, electric eels, zebra sharks, bonnethead sharks, and more!
The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is the perfect destination for curious young minds. This interactive underwater learning center allows children to explore and discover the amazing creatures that inhabit our oceans and rivers. With various exhibits featuring everything from colorful tropical fish to playful otters, children can learn about the different habitats and species while having fun.
A Unique Learning Experience
Kids of all ages can participate in engaging activities and exhibits at the Children’s Aquarium. The aquarium includes a unique interactive touch pool where children can get up close and personal with some of their favorite sea creatures. There are also educational videos and displays throughout the aquarium, teaching kids about the science behind each exhibit and other interesting facts about aquatic life.
The aquarium also hosts a wide variety of special events throughout the year. From scavenger hunts to animal shows and presentations, there’s something new to explore daily. Kids can even attend one-of-a-kind storytelling sessions, giving them an intimate look into the lives of different sea creatures.
Caring for Underwater Life
The Children’s Aquarium is also committed to caring for and protecting aquatic life. They offer hands-on activities, helping visitors understand how they can do their part to protect our oceans. They also host regular volunteer days, providing a great way for families to work together while making a difference in the community.
The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is the perfect place to bring young minds together with nature. It’s an experience that no child should miss!
$4.00 Adults and children (ages 12 and up)
$3.00 Children (ages 3 to 11)
Free Children (age 2 and under) and Dallas Zoological Society members
$1.00/person Pre-registered school groups.
**School groups must pre-register two weeks in advance. Call (214) 670-6832 for reservations.
Open Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days
1462 First Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210.
The Aquarium is located in Fair Park, at the corner of First Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Take I-30 East and exit at 2nd Avenue to R.B. Cullum Boulevard. Go southeast on Cullum to either Grand Avenue or the Martin Luther King Boulevard entrances to Fair Park. Look for the Aquarium in the shadow of the Texas Star Ferris Wheel.