Opened in 1936. Reimagined in 2021.

Welcome back to the Children’s Aquarium, bringing out the kid in everyone with new interactive and hands-on exhibits, special events and family activities. Swim on over to learn about aquatic animals from all around the world and right here in Texas. Get your hands wet with our touch tanks and fall in love with the wonders of the underwater world.

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About The Aquarium

We've been a beloved Dallas family tradition for 85 years. Opened as part of the Texas Centennial in 1936 at Fair Park, the Aquarium has been reimagined in 2021 for its reopening. Designed with kids and their parents in mind, our eye-level, interactive exhibits thrill visitors and instill a love for the oceans, rivers and lakes of the world. The Children’s Aquarium is another exciting project brought to you by zoOceanarium Group.

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The aquarium always has great things going on!

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Our Exhibits

From large sharks and stingrays to tiny, colorful fish, the Children’s Aquarium is home to amazing aquatic animals from across the globe and around the state. Visitors can feed and pet our graceful stingrays and give a meal to our new Archer Fish that spit water to get their food. More than 55 exhibits provide an eye-level view of some of the most interesting animals in the world.

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Special Events

There’s always something amazing going on at the Aquarium. From State Fair of Texas activities to animal feeding and educational experiences. Check back often for calendar updates to enhance your next visit.

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Join the Children’s Aquarium and get your Annual Pass Member identification card. The card allows you to visit the Aquarium as often as you like during the year. It’s a great savings for everyone.

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Pan for gems, fossils and other surprises at the Children’s Aquarium Mining Company, located just outside the Aquarium. Everyone can hit the jackpot when they sift through the contents of their gem bag, containing mining surprises they can take home. Prices vary.

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