Who We Are

Texas State Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit association. As a not-for-profit organization, we publicly disclose financial statements and reports. These reports give depth to our practices, stories and accomplishments.

We are an educational resource, and environmental steward and a lead in economic development for our visitors, our community and our world. The Aquarium relies on general admissions, memberships, retail sales, event rentals and the generous support from donors to maintain its operations. Please help us in our mission and support the Texas State Aquarium.


The mission of the Texas State Aquarium is to engage people with animals, inspire appreciation for our seas, and support wildlife conservation.


To be a global leader in fostering support for the conservation of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

About Us

The idea for the Texas State Aquarium was conceptualized by its founders early on to focus on the species in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The exhibits would contain representatives of the area’s main marine ecosystems. The Gulf of Mexico opened in 1990 with a commencement from former President Bush speaking to a front lawn packed full of supporting visitors. After years in the making, the Caribbean Journey, part of the original vision, opened its doors in 2017. The Caribbean Journey doubles the size of the aquarium and provides homes to an exciting collection of sea and land creatures. It is here that you can break into the mesmerizing secrets of the underwater and jungle world. For those wishing to spend time in an extraordinary place, a promising unforgettable experience awaits.

The Texas State Aquarium is the perfect platform for people and families to learn, bond and discover together. Visit us when you are considering things to do in Corpus Christi, Texas.


The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science and recreation. As part of AZA’s mandatory accreditation process, AZA members like Audubon Nature Institute meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, veterinary care, wildlife conservation, scientific research, education, expert staffing and safety.

Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals and a better future for all living things.

Annual Reports

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

Financial Statements and Tax Returns

2020 Financial Statements

2020 IRS Form 990 & 990-T

2018 & 2019 Financial Statements

2019 IRS Form 990 & 990-T

2018 & 2017 Financial Statements

2018 IRS Form 990 & 990-T

2017 & 2016 Financial Statements

2017 IRS Form 990 & 990-T

2016 IRS Form 990 & 990-T

2015 & 2016 Financial Statements

2015 IRS Form 990 & 990-T


Texas State Aquarium
2710 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78402
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