Nothing compares to the beauty of our world’s underwater ecosystem. There are only a few ways to explore the depths of our oceans, and even less that can be seen without a wetsuit. Exploring on land, like at the Dallas World Aquarium, located in the historic West End District of downtown Dallas, is a great way to see sea creatures of all shapes and sizes.

Just over one mile south of our apartments in Uptown Dallas at AMLI Quadrangle, The Dallas World Aquarium is where you will find all the wonder of under sea exploration. Extraordinary exhibits and fascinating marine life are just the beginning of the excitement. Here’s what to see at the Dallas World Aquarium.

Bird and land animal exhibits

Unlike your average aquarium, the Dallas World Aquarium is home to many land animals and tropical birds from around the world. See exotic birds of several varieties, including toucans, hawks, pink flamingos, hummingbirds and owls in the rain forest exhibit. You might also spot river otters, as well as several species of monkey, and crocodiles and sloths. There are many exhibits that highlight different ecosystems around the world such as South America, South Africa, Asia and Australia.

Aquarium exhibits

The aquarium portion displays all sorts of marine life, including Japanese crabs, jellyfish, seahorses, sharks and other colorful fish and shellfish large and small. Each exhibit is filled with colorful species of plant life and living coral where you can see the true beauty of every habitat. Visit the 400,000-gallon walk through Mundo Maya exhibit, the penguins in the South Africa exhibit and the animals of Australia in the Borneo exhibit.

Feedings and talks

Multiple times each day, the Dallas World aquarium has special times to watch animals and fish being fed. Learn about what they eat in the wild and watch them enjoy a snack. There are feedings for the otters, sharks, penguins, crocodiles and Caribbean creatures. Catch one of the many talks going on for children and adults where you can learn about marine life all around the world. Listen to an expert give information about the aquariums conservation programs and efforts from open until close. There are feedings and talks that go on every half hour from 10:30am to 4:30pm every day.

Food

Getting the most out of your day at the aquarium wouldn’t be complete without stopping for a snack break. For a wide range of options, head to Eighteen-O-One on the first level of the aquarium. They have international dishes from Mexico, Indonesia, British Columbia, Australia and Fiji. Check out the Cafe Maya on the third level of the Mundo Maya exhibit. This cafe specializes in Mexican-style entrees, appetizers and kids meals for every taste. For a fast snack, head to the Jungle Cafe, located on the third level of the Rainforest exhibit. This spot is perfect for a quick sandwich, slice of pizza and other assorted snack foods.

Plan your visit:
1801 N. Griffin St.
Open 9am-5pm daily

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