Texas State Aquarium Welcomes Nearly 40,000 Spring Break Guests
March 21, 2018
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Texas State Aquarium (TSA) reported today that during Spring Break 2018, from March 9-18, 39,945 guests visited the North Beach attraction.
“I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout, it was very strong; we were up over our three-year average. We expected a much softer week, due to lingering impacts from Hurricane Harvey. Equally surprising were our increases in Membership, Retail and Food & Beverages sales, all of which were up double digits over last year,” reported TSA President & CEO Tom Schmid. “I think this is a good indicator that people from all over Texas are once again visiting the Coastal Bend region in large numbers. I know this will be welcome news for all of our tourism-related businesses, particularly in the hard hit areas of Rockport and Port Aransas.”
Spring Break travelers flocked from near and far to the Aquarium to take in its brand-new, 72,000-square-foot Caribbean Journey experience. “Visitors from the Rio Grande Valley made up almost 20 percent of our attendance, followed by folks from San Antonio at 16 percent and Houstonians at almost 10 percent,” said Tom Schmid.
Caribbean Journey showcases a jungle habitat with flamingos and free-flying birds, a 4-D theater and many other favorites, including the longest Aquarium window in North America.
The Aquarium extended its hours each day and also opened the H-E-B Splash Park, a popular water playground for Spring Break. The splash park will reopen again for the summer around Memorial Day weekend.