Dallas World Aquarium

Regardless of age, a trip to The Dallas World Aquarium provides a learning experience for everyone! Your visit can be a simple education experience or an in-depth study of the habitat, conservation, distribution, anatomy, reproduction and behavioral/structural adaptations of plants and animals. Each adult receives a Field Guide which provides a layout of the facility and highlights some of the plants and animals. More than 55 Touch Screens are provided near the exhibits, offering in-depth information about the more obvious species. dallas-world-aquarium-plantsYour journey begins in the canopy of a South American rainforest filled with rare and indigenous plants and animals. The path leads past monkeys, Giant river otters, many species of toucans and Orinoco crocodiles. The River exhibit allows for an underwater glimpse of Antillean manatees, huge turtles and Arapaima. The Aquarium portion contains 85,000 gallons of saltwater, including a 22,000 gallon walk-through tunnel. Wrasses, Japanese spider crabs and rare Leafy seadragons are some of the intriguing marine life. Black-footed penguins entertain in an outdoor South African lagoon, while Fairy penguins can be seen swimming in their pool on the second level of the Mundo Maya exhibit. The path ascends into the Mundo Maya exhibit with the “tree of life” towering overhead. Venomous snakes, sharks, Jaguar, endangered sea turtles and several species of owls and eagles are only a few of the interesting animals.


The Dallas World Aquarium is much more than an aquarium and features 5 distinct experiences through exhibits. Boasting many species that are sure to delight young and old, the Dallas World Aquarium is a must-see stop. You can also reserve one of 4 venues for private parties and events, with fine dining and/or cocktails.

Dallas World Aquarium History

The Dallas World Aquarium was created in an old warehouse located at 1801 North Griffin Street. It is conveniently located near the Historic West End District in downtown Dallas. The Dallas World Aquarium opened to the public in October 1992. The adjacent building at 1815 North Griffin was purchased in 1996 and was gutted before becoming the expansion for the aquarium. The alley between the two buildings created the "channel" between the saltwater and fresh water ecosystems. The ORINOCO – Secrets of the River opened to the public in October 1997. In May 2000, the vacant lot at 1814 Laws Street (behind 1801 North Griffin) was purchased. This was the first newly constructed portion of the facility. Construction on the Mundo Maya exhibit started in April 2002 and opened to the public in August 2004.