Lone Star Days at the Texas State Aquarium *

*Please note that Lone Star Days $3 Admission is not valid on certain holidays - See below for Blackout Dates.

October 1st – February 28th

From October 1st through February 28th, Texas Lone Star Card holders who are residents of Nueces, Kleberg, San Patricio, and Aransas counties can discover the wonders of the Aquarium on select days for just $3 per person during Lone Star Days! Lone Star Days is a community access program at the Aquarium designed to give more people access to the Aquarium to enjoy our educational exhibits and programs. Lone Star Days at the Texas State Aquarium $3 admission is valid only on select dates. Kids 2 and under are free and are not included under the four ticket limit.

P-EBT, WIC, and other assistance cards are NOT accepted. The only accepted cards are those that say “LONE STAR CARD”.

Your Lone Star Days at the Aquarium admission INCLUDES:
Don’t forget to check our hours of operation as our hours change during fall and winter season.
*Please note that Lone Star Days $3 Admission is not valid on certain holidays – See below for Blackout Dates. 

How do I get my discount and tickets?

  1. Visit during the program dates: October 1st through February 28th and check blackout dates*
  2. Come to the Aquarium with a photo ID (Driver’s License or State ID) that matches the name on the Lone Star Card. (Address on ID must be in the below zip codes).
  3. Show your Lone Star Card at the ticket booth & buy up to 4 tickets per visit! (4 tickets including cardholder)

*After February 28, 2024, Lone Star Days discounted admission will not be offered until October 1, 2024.

When Can I Visit?

The Lone Star discount will be accepted from October 1st – February 28th with the exclusion of blackout dates. 

*Blackout Dates

The Lone Star Days discount will not be accepted on the following blackout days:

  • Columbus Day (Monday, Oct 14, 2024)
  • Veteran’s Day (Monday, Nov 11, 2024)
  • Thanksgiving Week (Saturday, Nov 23 – Sunday, Dec 1, 2024)
  • December 2– December 7, 2024
  • Christmas Week (Saturday, Dec 21, 2024 – Wednesday, Jan 1, 2025)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan 20, 2025)
  • President’s Day (Monday, Feb 17, 2025)

*Blackout Days: Days when the $3 admission discount won’t be applied.

faq's

  • what is a lone star card?

    The Texas Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system uses the Lone Star Card to provide access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash benefits. For more information, please visit: https://www.hhs.texas.gov/services/financial/lone-star-card.

    P-EBT, WIC, and other assistance cards are NOT accepted. The only accepted cards are those that say “LONE STAR CARD”

  • Can I use my Lone Star Card to pay for admission?

    No, you may not use your Lone Star Card to pay for admission. Acceptable forms of payment include cash and major credit cards.

  • Can I get other discounts?

    No, this deeply discounted rate includes all types of tickets:  Adults, student, senior and military tickets are $3 each.  Kids 2 and under are free and do not need to purchase a ticket.

  • Can I buy my lone star day tickets online?

    No, Lone Star Day tickets can only be bought at the Aquarium.

    • Come to the Aquarium with a photo ID (Driver’s License or State ID) that matches the name on the Lone Star Card. (Address on ID must be in the below zip codes).
    • Show your Lone Star Card & buy up to 4 tickets! (4 tickets including the cardholder)
    • Kids 2 and under are free and are not included under the four ticket limit.
  • Can I purchase food & drinks with my Lone Star Card?

    No, your Lone Star Card is only for identification purposes, showing that you meet the criteria for discounted admission. Any admission costs must be paid for with alternate methods (cash, credit cards, etc.).

  • Can I purchase items from the gift shop with my lone star card?

    No, your Lone Star Card is only for identification purposes, showing that you meet the criteria for discounted admission. Any admission costs must be paid for with alternate methods (cash, credit cards, etc.).

  • Can I use WIC or something other than my Lone Star Card to get the Lone Star Days rate?

    No, we are currently only accepting Lone Star Cards as identification to meet the criteria for discounted admission.
    P-EBT, WIC, and other assistance cards are NOT accepted. The only accepted cards are those that say “LONE STAR CARD”

  • Is this the same as Community Days?

    In the past, our popular Community Days didn’t allow guests to enjoy everything the Aquarium offers. Since our last Community Day, we have been working on ways to make the Aquarium more accessible for those who wouldn’t be able to visit otherwise. Lone Star Days will give guests a wide range of days to visit, as well as the opportunity to explore and enjoy the Aquarium without the crowd!  Lone Star Days guests will enjoy animal and educational presentations, and more!

  • What zip codes are accepted?

    Nueces: 78330, 78339, 78343, 78347, 78351, 78373, 78380, 78401, 78402, 78403, 78404, 78405, 78406, 78407, 78408, 78409, 78410, 78411, 78412, 78413, 78414, 78415, 78416, 78417, 78418, 78419, 78426, 78427, 78460, 78463, 78465, 78466, 78467, 78468, 78469, 78470, 78471, 78472, 78473, 78474, 78475, 78476, 78477, 78478, 78480

    Kleberg: 78636, 78364, 78379

    San Patricio: 78335, 78336, 78352, 78359, 78362, 78368, 78370, 78374, 78387, 78390

    Aransas: 78382, 78381, 78358

  • TIPS FOR A GREAT VISIT
    • Check out our daily presentation schedule and map to plan your visit.
    • Check our hours of operation before you visit the Aquarium.
    • Arrive early for DOLPHINS! presentations.
    • When possible, bring baby backpacks or baby slings instead of strollers to easily get through crowded areas.
    • Wear comfortable shoes.
    • Check the weather, as some of our presentations and exhibits are outdoors.
    • To avoid large groups, try visiting during the week. The busiest times to visit are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

     

     

  • información en español

    Los residentes de los condados de Nueces, Kleberg, San Patricio y Aransas pueden descubrir las maravillas del golfo en días seleccionados por solo $ 3 por persona durante los Lone Star Days!

    La entrada de $ 3 para los Lone Star Days es válida solo en fechas seleccionadas y tickets se pueden comprar en el lugar en el Acuario directamente. Su admisión incluye más de 300 especies para ver, y presentaciones de animales.

    ¿Cómo obtengo mi descuento y entradas?

    1. Verifique las fechas del programa y asegúrese de que está visitando en ese período de tiempo.
    2. Venga al acuario con una identificación con foto (licencia de conducir o identificación estatal) que coincida con el nombre en la tarjeta Lone Star. (La dirección en la identificación debe estar en los códigos postales a continuación).
    3. Muestra tu Lone Star Card y compra hasta 4 entradas!

     

    ¿Cuándo puedo visitar?

    El descuento Lone Star se aceptará del 1 de octubre al 28 de febrero, con exclusión de las fechas restringidas.

     

    ¿Cuándo no puedo venir? Fechas restringidas:

    El descuento Lone Star no será aceptado en los siguientes días:

    Día de Colón / Columbus Day (9 de octubre de 2023)
    Día del Veterano (11 de noviembre de 2023)
    Semana de Acción de Gracias (Nov 19 – Nov 26, 2023)
    Semana de Navidad (Dic 24 – Ene 1, 2023)
    Día de Martin Luther King Jr. (15 de enero de 2024)
    Día del Presidente (20 de febrero de 2023)

     

    ¿Puedo usar mi tarjeta Lone Star para pagar la admisión?

    No puede usar su tarjeta Lone Star para pagar la admisión.

     

    ¿Puedo comprar alimentos y bebidas con mi tarjeta Lone Star?

    No puede comprar alimentos o bebidas (alcohólicas o no alcohólicas) dentro de las instalaciones con su tarjeta Lone Star.

     

    ¿Puedo comprar artículos en la tienda de regalos con mi tarjeta Lone Star?

    No puede comprar artículos en la tienda de regalos con su tarjeta Lone Star.

     

    ¿Qué códigos postales se aceptan?

    Nueces: 78330, 78339, 78343, 78347, 78351, 78373, 78380, 78401, 78402, 78403, 78404, 78405, 78406, 78407, 78408, 78409, 78410, 78411, 78412, 78413, 78414, 78415, 78416, 78417, 78418, 78419, 78426, 78427, 78460, 78463, 78465, 78466, 78467, 78468, 78469, 78470, 78471, 78472, 78473, 78474, 78475, 78476, 78477, 78478, 78480

    Kleberg: 78636, 78364, 78379

    San Patricio: 78335, 78336, 78352, 78359, 78362, 78368, 78370, 78374, 78387, 78390

    Aransas: 78382, 78381, 78358