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Dallas World Aquarium

1801 North Griffin Street | Dallas, TX 75202 | Official website
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  • Type: Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Perhaps "aquarium" isn't the right word to describe this attraction. Of course there are fish, stingrays, eels and octopuses — you'll find these and a variety of other aquatic creatures occupying the facility's expansive tanks. But the Dallas World Aquarium also houses penguins, sharks and flamingos. A living rainforest shelters manatees, crocodiles, monkeys and toucans, while the Mayan exhibit is home to a jaguar and an ocelot, among other fascinating wildlife. If you can, try and plan your visit around feeding times: You'll get to see the critters feast while aquarium staff members tell you more about the species.

Recent travelers say they were pleasantly surprised by the number of animals housed in the Dallas World Aquarium, and many say that a visit here makes a great alternative to the Dallas Zoo, especially during the hot summer months. However, some do warn that the space can feel crowded, especially when schools are on break. Another sticking point for some visitors was the high cost of admission, though others say they felt a visit here was well worth the money.

The aquarium occupies a converted warehouse just a few blocks away from the West End light rail station (serviced by the Blue, Green, Orange and Red DART Rail lines); you can also walk from most points within the downtown area. The Dallas World Aquarium is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is just under $21 for adults, $17 for seniors and $13 for children ages 2 through 12 (infants younger than 2 can enter for free). To learn more, visit the Dallas World Aquarium's website.

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