Texas State Aquarium Returns to Full Operations in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Texas State Aquarium is open and fully operational following Hurricane Harvey and is ready to welcome guests over the Labor Day weekend.

Thanks to the Aquarium’s dedicated ride-out team that remained at the Aquarium throughout the hurricane, the Texas State Aquarium’s animals are doing well. The animals that are typically in our outdoor habitats were moved to safe indoor locations during the hurricane, and they are all now back in their outdoor habitats. The species in indoor exhibits, including sharks, fish, and Xena the Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth, also weathered the storm just fine. The buildings and grounds sustained minimal damage and are in good condition. The Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is also now operational and is currently taking in new patients.

Labor Day weekend will offer guests a chance to see all of their favorite animals, including Caribbean Journey’s sharks, flamingos, coral reef fish, touch pools, and our river otters and dolphins. The H-E-B Splash Park will be open throughout the weekend and into Monday, September 4. The Whataburger 4-Dimension Theater will have regular showings of BBC Earth’s “Shark” and will premiere a new film, “Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4-D.”

Also, throughout the Labor Day weekend, the Aquarium will donate $5 from every adult admission ticket sold to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. CEO and President Tom Schmid stated, “We weathered the storm just fine, so this is an opportunity to help those who were much less fortunate.”

“This institution has been a part of the Coastal Bend community for over 30 years, so it’s important for us to provide as much help and support as we can to our neighbors affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Schmid. “By remaining open this Labor Day and donating a portion of our proceeds, we hope we can help our community recover and provide our guests an opportunity to give back as well.”

On Labor Day weekend, the Texas State Aquarium will be open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.