Hands-On, Hands-Wet Fun! Pet & Feed Friendly Stingrays. Close & FREE Parking. No Reservations Needed. Open Daily.

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, pet the friendly stingrays and fall in love with the wonders of the underwater world.

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About The Aquarium

See why we have more than 1000 Five-Star Reviews! 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 and reopened with hands-on, hands-wet and high-tech exhibits. Designed with kids and their families 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 Dallas 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 friendly stingrays to tiny, colorful fish and a Giant Pacific Octopus, 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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OPEN DAILY 9 AM TO 5 PM -- NOW HIRING

VISIT US DURING THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS - NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 23

Looking for the best family activities at Fair Park during the State Fair of Texas?  At the Children's Aquarium Dallas your kids can pet and feed the friendly Stingrays, come face to face with Sharks, and meet Athena the Giant Pacific Octopus. We've added musical fun outdoors with Pianos on the Plaza. An inflatable Corn Maze adds to the excitement, and our real Mining Sluice offers a search for real gems and fossils. We've extended our hours during the Fair from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.  

 

BEST OF THE BIG D AWARDS: BEST FAMILY ATTRACTION

Thanks, D Magazine for naming us the Best Family Attraction in Dallas! We are excited and honored. 

 

The magazine's reporters wrote: "Inside Fair Park, this once overlooked and recently revitalized aquarium is home to friendly stingrays that you can feed and pet for a hands-on (hands-wet?) experience. Keep an eye out for spiky sea urchins, a rhino iguana, or (our favorite) the chocolate chip sea star. 1462 First Ave. 469-554-7340." 

 

PARKING & TICKETS DURING THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS

Aquarium guests should enter Fair Park from Gate 6 and park in lot 6B to be closest to the Aquarium. It's a great time of year to make more family memories here at the Children's Aquarium Dallas at Fair Park. We're open every day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. You don't need advance reservations to visit us during the Fair. Just get tickets at the door or get yours online here on childrensaquarium.com. State Fair of Texas coupons also are acepted for admission at the door. 


VIP LOUNGE EXCLUSIVELY FOR MEMBERS DURING THE FAIR

Did you know you can upgrade your Children's Aquarium Dallas admission ticket to an Annual Membership on the same day of your visit? Join the Children's Aquarium Dallas and enjoy fun at the Aquarium as often as you like during the year. Members just show their cards for Aquarium entry. They also can attend special events throughout the year and always get priority entrance and a discount at the gift shop. During the State Fair of Texas, members can use the new VIP Lounge in our Annex Building with:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clean Restrooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Seating

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NOW HIRING FRIENDLY PEOPLE

We're looking for enthusiastic guest service team members for Fair season. Pay starts at $14/hour with the opportunity for cash bonuses. Contact [email protected] or come in for open interviews, Monday - Wednesday durng operating hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

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