Celebrated my grandson's first birthday at the aquarium. He was very entertained with all the exhibits and loved every minute. There were lots and lots of families and little kids there that day. We were there at feeding time and that was such a wonderful experience to see the how all these different animals eat lunch. Look it up online and see the schedule and times and dates. I think there is a live camera feed in the jungle part. At least there used to be. This is a world class aquarium. I've been to similar exhibits in California and across the Southwest and can say with confidence that this one tops them all. Definitely worth the price of admission. Easy parking in front, easy to get to even though it's in downtown Dallas. Yes you have to pay for parking. There is some security in the parking area which is good because there are also homeless (?) guys asking for money.
The aquarium was pretty cool. I went by myself but I feel it's more enjoyable with a family preferably some little ones. Tickets are pretty pricey. I believe it was around 17 dollars per adult plus tax. It has several different gift shops and eating places throughout none of which I tried. If you're looking for something to do within Downtown Dallas that takes between 1-2.5 hours then this would be a nice family or group event. Definitely get there before 12. After I arrived at about 11 and left around 1pm, the line outside of the aquarium was wrapped around the building and it's just too hot in Texas to be standing there in the heat.
Very neat place with a 3 story waterfall inside. Neat spots like a shark tunnel and a manatee in one of the large tanks. Only 4 stars since it is advertised as air conditioned yet the temp was probably around 83 degrees inside and humid. Fun for kids but not stroller friendly. Cost is also pretty high... I paid $55 for one adult and two kids.
An amazing place to see and experience an amazing array of wildlife, all while inside an air conditioned building. We went on the weekend, so expected it to be very busy. Although it was very crowded, we were able to go at our own pace and really enjoy everything. There are so many varieties of birds, I wasn’t expecting to see this many. The sloths seem to be the crowd favorites too. There is also a restaurant and cafe inside. Well worth a trip. My wife loves coming here so much I bought her a season pass.
The best zoo I've ever seen (and I've been to many around the world). And it is definitely a Zoo rather than an Aquarium. But it's best not to go there when it's crowded, you'll waste your time. Wait till you have some vacation and go on a working day in early or late hours. When there are only a handful of people you'll be able to walk in any direction and truly experience the uniqueness of this place. The zoo is three-dimensional, you move up an down, between and around, and you can see many animals from multiple points. If you just follow the main path and not pay attention you might not even notice that. For instance, I noticed that most people come to the jaguar glass box, don't find him inside and leave disappointed. But the jaguar is often in the upper part of his apartment. I was able to find a spot where it can be well seen. People passing by obviously were not getting what I was looking at there. But I watched the jaguar play with a ball, and then he noticed me and watched me for a while, that was fun :) Or when I saw the manatee I realised it could be seen from above too, and I went back just to do that and it was definitely worth it. My faves were the owls who pretended to be asleep at first, but when I passed and then turned back they were both watching me. I then had a little chat with them. They would look at me, and then at each other as if trying to make sense of this crazy woman. The place is pricey but it's worth every penny.