Holiday Happenings at the Aquarium

Scuba St. Nick, a seasonal 4-d movie, and more! The Texas State Aquarium is the perfect place to spend the holidays with your loved ones.

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Scuba St. Nick

From Saturday, December 11 through December 24, Scuba St. Nick will dive into the H-E-B Caribbean Sea exhibit for a unique encounter and festive photo opportunity with guests. Bring your camera and take a family photo that is sure to make a lasting memory. Scuba St. Nick will dive daily throughout the holiday season.

  • 11:30 a.m. daily
  • 2:30 p.m. daily

*The last dive will be on December 24 at 11:30 a.m.

“THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience®”

You are invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season with “THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience®”! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. “THE POLAR EXPRESS™4-D Experience®” is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

  • 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily
  • Every hour on the half-hour

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s21) Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters © & ™ 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Holiday Gift Guide

Gift your loved ones a one-of-a-kind experience. When you purchase a gift from the aquarium, you are supporting our mission to engage people with animals, inspire appreciation for our seas, and support wildlife conservation.

  • Feed the Fish


    This experience allows an inside look at how our Animal Care staff take care of our marine animals, and the Aquarium’s over 1-million-gallons-worth of aquatic exhibits. This exclusive experience takes you behind the scenes to learn about, interact with, and feed some of our amazing animal ambassadors! *Ages 6 and up

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  • Snorkel with a Shark


    Experience the thrill of getting up close to six sandbar sharks while learning about their biology and how we can protect them in the wild. This new dynamic group experience allows between 1 and 5 guests to enjoy a snorkel-like adventure alongside multiple species of fish, including stingrays, barracudas, eels, and of course, our sandbar sharks! *Ages 8 and up

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  • Membership


    It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Ranging from a 1 party membership to a 5 party membership, you are sure to find the perfect gift for your loved ones! Membership benefits include free admission for 12 months, free parking, and discounts at the Gift Shop, Cafe Aqua, and Pepsi Shoreline Grill.

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Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve 12/24 – OPEN 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Christmas Day 12/25 – CLOSED

New Years Eve 12/31 – OPEN 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

New Years Day 1/1 – OPEN 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.