All About the Dallas World Aquarium

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What to know before your visit

If you're heading to the Dallas World Aquarium, you're in the right place. Keep reading for details about your upcoming visit and how to make the most of your time at one of Dallas' most popular attractions. Want to see more? Check out our photo essay from our last visit! 


Opened to the public in 1992, the Dallas World Aquarium has been in the Downtown Dallas area for nearly 30 years. Along with providing animal and plant lovers an opportunity to see wildlife up close, the aquarium offers field trips and educational sessions for children and adults.

General Information

The Dallas World Aquarium is open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) starting at 8:30 a.m. Admission starts at $18.95 for children ages three to 12 and $26.95 for adults. With a central location in Downtown Dallas, finding the aquarium is easy! Parking is available in two lots right next to the aquarium; street parking is also available in the area. Along with three restaurants on-site, the aquarium also has a bookstore and gift shop.

Orinoco Rainforest

With three levels, the aquarium’s expansive rainforest is your first stop once you make your way inside. You’ll start on the third floor – the canopy level – and see birds in free flight, sleepy sloths and Tamarin and Saki monkeys. Once on the first level, you can’t miss Ayurami, an endangered Antillean manatee. Fun fact: Ayurami (and her entire species) have nails on their flippers!

Mundo Maya

Complete with a cenote, Mundo Maya pays tribute to one of the most important ecosystems in the world. See lizards, snakes and leaf-nosed bats along with stingrays, giant groupers and other marine creatures in the first level of this exhibit. The second level is home to Scarlet macaws, various species of hummingbirds and pelicans.


Head outdoors to the South Africa exhibit, home to a family of penguins and a seasonal Madagascar exhibit. Look closely to see colorful species of frogs, leaf-tailed geckos and chameleons.

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Last updated on 08/04/2021.