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Experience the Caribbean Journey

Education Leads to Conservation

Every day, we pursue our mission to engage people with animals, inspire appreciation for our seas, and support wildlife conservation. Through our exhibits, shows and presentations, education programs, wildlife rescue, and other immersive programs, we're building a brighter future for the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and beyond.

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  • 4-D experience

    State-of-the-art technology and unique special effects entertain and inform our guests.

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  • blue hole

    Explore the unique geography and wildlife of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef's deep underwater caverns.

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  • coral reef

    Brighten up your day with the vibrantly-colored fish and coral of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

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  • Jungle

    This captivating exhibit showcases the unique wildlife and geography of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve's lowland rainforest.

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  • Caribbean Sea

    Get a thrilling and immersive look at the ocean’s most infamous predators with the experience of diving a Caribbean shipwreck.

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  • Dolphin Bay

    Get up close and personal with our dolphins Shadow and Kai, from above water or even below!

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  • Live-Touch

    Aquatic Nursery

    Curious about baby seahorses or jellies? Our nursery offers a unique look at their life stages and growth!

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  • Live-Touch

    Stingray Lagoon

    Imagine how cool it would be to touch or feed a stingray, our Stingray Lagoon lets you do both!

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  • Saving Sharks

    Sharks don't have to be scary! Saving Sharks focuses on conservation, but also has a live touch area!

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  • Islands of Steel

    Islands of Steel recreates the beauty of an ocean habitat created around an old oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Tentacles

    Get hands-on with our jellyfish touch area, explore the life cycles of cephalopods and jellies.

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  • Swamp Tales

    Check out Bo the American Alligator and learn about the challenges facing alligators in the region and our conservation efforts.

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  • Nearshore

    An introduction to the Aquarium's shorebirds, stingrays, and fish varieties, all these creatures await at the Nearshore Experience.

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  • Living Shores

    A great hands-on exhibit featuring touch pools, kiosks, and aquariums. Here you can interact with a variety of smaller animals!

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  • Wild Flight Theater

    Enjoy birds of prey, parrots, and other small mammals in this entertaining and informative presentation!

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  • Flower Gardens

    Enjoy a replica of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary just off the coast of Mexico.

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  • Eagle Pass

    Bonnie and Grace enjoy a habitat modeled after a West Texas Canyon after both sustained left wing injuries preventing their return to the wild.

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  • Otter Creek

    Watch these river otters splash and play in their habitat. Learn more about these playful animals and their natural environment.

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  • Tortuga Cay

    Explore the seas with the sea turtles in Tortuga Cay. Our turtles have been deemed non-releasable and have found sanctuary here at the aquarium.

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Happenings at the Aquarium

We always have something happening at the aquarium. Take a look at our upcoming events and see what is coming up at the aquarium. Check back frequently for updates and new programs!


Please note that the Texas State Aquarium will close at 2 p.m on September 20, 2019 in order to begin preparations for our Night at the Aquarium: Beach Ball fundraising event. Please take this into consideration when planning your visit. 

The Aquarium will reopen on September 21 for its regular hours of 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We apologize for any inconvenience this early closing may cause, and thank you for your support and understanding.