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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SCUBA CLAUS! BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 & 11 AT 1:00 P.M.
Scuba Claus is Coming Back to Town! His visit was such a hit with everyone that he'll be back this coming weekend. Head over to the Aquarium Saturday and Sunday, December 10 & 11, for the most unusual and amazing Santa visit in Dallas.
Scuba Claus will be diving with the fish and posing for pictures with all the boys and girls on his "Good" list. Bring your phones or cameras and capture the underwater magic at 1:00 p.m. Free with general admission! Free parking at the Aquarium.
IT'S TIME FOR TOUCH-A-TRUCK 2.0
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2 to 4 p.m.
Touch the trucks that build Dallas! Thanks to our friends at Turner Construction, we'll have big trucks and friendly builders right here on the Aquarium Plaza. Learn all about these trucks, meet mascot "Brent the Builder" and take your kids' pictures with the amazing earth-moving equipment. Free with general admission and always free to members. Free parking at the Aquarum.
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."