Texas State Aquarium Reports All-Time Record Economic Impact and Attendance In 2021

August 8, 2022

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Texas State Aquarium reported a record year in 2021 for both guest attendance and economic impact. Overall, the Aquarium reported a $155 million economic impact on the Corpus Christi area during 2021. The Aquarium supported over 1,186 jobs and salaries of over $42.9 million. The Aquarium also reported over $11 million in revenues for the city, county, and other local taxing districts as a result of its presence in the community.

Over the past ten years, the Aquarium’s operations had an economic impact of over $599 million, including generating over $335 million in taxable sales and over $106 million in hotel sales.

“We are proud to welcome our local community and visitors from all over the state and beyond. Our visitors who support our evolving education and entertainment allow us to make these major contributions within our community,” said Texas State Aquarium CEO & President Jesse Gilbert. “Our future is bright. With an all-time record-breaking attendance of 625 thousand guests in 2021, we are encouraged to push for continued growth.”  

The economic impact report was prepared by Impact DataSource, an Austin-based economic consulting and research firm.

Texas State Aquarium continues to add unique exhibits and experiences, including a new HEB Splash Park to come in 2023 and the completion of the Port of Corpus Christi Center for Wildlife Rescue.  


The Texas State Aquarium (TSA), the Official Aquarium of the State of Texas, is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) institution that is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Its mission is to engage people with animals, inspire appreciation for our seas and support wildlife conservation. TSA, the largest Aquarium in Texas, cares for over 4,000 animals and has been named the #5 Aquarium in North America by USA Today. Learn more at texasstateaquarium.org.









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