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Children's Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas

#9 of 23 in Parks in Dallas
Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
The Children's Aquarium at Fair Park is an aquarium located in Fair Park, Dallas, Texas, USA. It opened in 1936 as part of the Texas Centennial Exposition, and received an $8 million renovation in 2010.
The Aquarium has six exhibit areas. The Freshwater Zone displays American alligator, alligator snapping turtles, red-bellied piranhas, and electric eels. The Intertidal Zone has upside-down jellyfish, Oriental sweetlips, archerfish, starfish, and sea urchins, as well as the Coastal Touch Tank, where guests can interact with horseshoe crabs, slipper lobsters, sea urchins, sea stars, hermit crabs, and many more animals. The Shore Zone displays spiny lobsters, hermit crabs, and batfish. The Near Shore Zone houses Giant Pacific Octopus, wolf eel, jewel moray eel, garden eel, angelfish, and hawksbill sea turtles. The Offshore Zone features unusual-looking animals such as lionfish and Pharaoh Cuttlefish. Stingray Bay allows guests to feed cownose rays, while seeing southern stingrays, zebra sharks, nurse sharks, blacktip sharks, whitetip sharks, and brown sharks.
Guests can book birthday parties and overnight parties that include a talk with an employee that includes a live animal and preserved parts of marine animals. Guests of the party can also feed the stingrays at Stingray Bay. Many field trips also visit the aquarium. The aquarium hosts summer and winter day camps for children in grades Pre-K to 5.

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  • Super amazing aquarium! My son enjoyed it! They are very knowledgeable about their fish and sea life.  more »
  • Just the right place for small children just enough to see for young minds.I must say the Stingrays were awesome👍👍  more »
  • Loved this place.. super affordable and more than enough to observe and enjoy. It is small but there is plenty to see (great for younger children). We loved the outdoor sting ray/shark exhibit. My daughter did not want to leave! They also offer a military discount which is nice. You may take food and drinks as well.
  • Had a wonderful trip with my 6 year old. A volunteer by the name of Greg (squid tattoo on forearm) was a delightful addition to our visit. He answered our questions and was so informative. Everyone was just so friendly down to their on duty security guard. We will definitely be returning.

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