The Dallas World Aquarium
Fish fill your mind when you hear about an aquarium, but the Dallas World Aquarium in Texas gives you so much more than small tanks to stare at as you wander the halls and galleries. The goals of this magnificent destination combine wonder with education and a new appreciation of the wild world all around you. Yes, you will see plenty of fish, but all of the other exhibits may surprise you with their scope and interest.
Popular Exhibits at the Aquarium
The aquatic part of the facility offers you everything: colorful tropical fish, unique corals and anemones, seahorses, jellyfish, eels, crabs, and the giant Pacific octopus. Everywhere you look, you will see a new flash of color as something swims by or ducks behind a rock.
Other points of interest at the aquarium include:
Mundo Maya with beautiful ocelots, flamingos and other water birds, cute agoutis, turtles, frogs, tarantulas, snakes, bats, and more.
Orinoco with playful pied tamarins, sloths, parrots, dart frogs, red howler monkeys, catfish, and stingray.
Cape of Good Hope and Madagascar with a variety of chameleons, turtles, and turaco birds as well as South African black-footed penguins.
Borneo with the rather ugly shoe bill stork, blue penguins, cockatoos, a tree kangaroo, and unique fish.
Make sure to keep track of the time because he will not want to miss the otter feeding, penguin talk, river or continental shelf dives, or lecture on the small wildcats called ocelots that live here at the aquarium.
As much as the people behind the Dallas World Aquarium want you to enjoy your visit and see things you have never seen before, a large part of their focus is on preservation and protection of the wild world. Photographer Joel Sartore has collected a Photo Arc of over 9000 species from zoos and other aquariums to help raise awareness about how these facilities promote conservation.
Other initiatives by the aquarium include manatee, primate, and bird rescues and releases in Peru, sloth protection in Costa Rica, jaguar health studies in Brazil, and breeding programs for endangered birds like the Resplendent Quetzal in Mexico.
Everyday Visits and Special Opportunities
The Dallas World Aquarium is open to the public every day from 10 AM to 5 PM except on major national holidays. You can buy your ticket at the door and receive group and military discounts were applicable. If you are having a special event and want to choose a truly unique venue, consider booking the aquarium for a dinner in one of the exhibit galleries. Just imagine how impressed your guests will be as they dine while watching the rain forest fish swim by or delight in the endangered species we have on display here. Catering services are provided.
Ever since 1997, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums has recognized the one in Dallas, Texas as worthy of attention. Although it all started out as a collection of warehouses and industrial buildings, this corner of the city has been transformed into a world-class destination for anyone who loves see life, conservation, and exploring the natural world.