The Children’s Aquarium in Dallas was one of the highlights of our spring break Texas trip because our little 2 year old loved the place. Seeing her face light up at the different aquarium tanks as she ran from spot to spot makes the trials of a road trip with a 2 wee ones worth it. Hearing “daddy I touched a sting ray” with a squeal of delight followed by “I touched it again” warmed the heart. It was more about the experience we were able to have at the Children’s Aquarium versus what they had that made it a great stop on our trip.
Designed for little kids in mind, the Children’s Aquarium in Dallas is great for little kids in the age range of 10 and under. The aquarium tanks are built at a height for them to see without somebody holding them up and my 2 year old loved that. M is a travel-veteran but most places that we go she constantly has to look through bars or be lifted up. She enjoyed having the freedom to go from tank to tank getting to see everything.
The Children’s Aquarium is divided into 3 sections. As you walk in towards your right there is a freshwater tank area filled with animals like an albino alligator, piranha, tetras, electric eel, and alligator snapping turtle. In the middle, there is a short hall to the best exhibit at the Children’s Museum where they have 2 large tanks one being a touch tank where visitors have the chance to touch stingrays. A second larger tank is home to animals like the bonnethead sharks, leopard sharks, and sea turtles. The third area which is just to the left when you enter is for their saltwater fish. In this part of the aquarium, you will see a variety of ocean going creatures like jellyfish, seahorse, lobster, batfish, clownfish, eels, and turtles. There was enough variety of animals and fish to make it a nice aquarium. To describe it I would say it is more in the scope of something you might find at a zoo compared to a standalone aquarium.
None of the exhibits are earth shattering or will make you want to visit time and time again (unless you have small ones and get a season pass), but for what it is and who it is designed for the Children’s Aquarium does a great job. So do not expect a walkthrough tunnel with fish swimming all around you or a 500,000 gallon tank filled with hundreds of species of fish. If you go in with the right expectations that this aquarium is designed for the 10 and under crowd you will have a great time.
At the time of our visit there was around 2 other families there so we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves which was nice. The next day we visited the Dallas World Aquarium which has great exhibits but standing in the long lines and behind the different school groups hampers that experience. Being in a place in Dallas and not fighting crowds or standing in line wherever you go sure made the Children’s Aquarium a nice trip for us.
The Children’s Aquarium is just one of those places that if you have toddlers it is great place to go. The price was not bad for us because both our kids got in for free, and like I mentioned before getting to touch the sting rays and her excitement from that experience was priceless. Not having dozen of kids and parents cut in front of you to see inside a fish tank made it much more enjoyable for us.
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Located at 1462 1st Ave (Fair Park), Dallas, TX
Hours of Operation 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 7 days a week closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cost as of this Posting Adults 12 and over $8.00 Seniors 65 and over $6.00 and Children 3 to 11 $6.00
For more information visit their website at http://www.childrensaquariumfairpark.com/
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