Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of many of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the Texas State Aquarium:

General Questions

  • What are your hours of operation?

    Click here for our updated hours of operation.

    Hours of Operation
  • What are the H-E-B Splash Park Hours?

    Click here for the H-E-B Splash Park Updated hours of operation.

    H-E-B Splash Park
  • What are your admission prices?

    Please click here for the updated prices.

  • Is parking available?

    We do offer parking at several locations near the Aquarium for $5 per vehicle. Handicapped parking and access to the building are available for those with special needs.

  • Can I rent out the Aquarium for a special event?

    Absolutely! Whatever the occasion, the Texas State Aquarium is the perfect venue for special events of all kinds: weddings and wedding receptions, company picnics, corporate presentations, reunions,  intimate dinners, and much more! Click here for more information.

  • When are your daily presentations?

    For more information on presentations, please click here.

  • Can I bring or rent a stroller or wheelchair?

    Yes, you can bring your stroller or wheelchair with you. A limited number of strollers are available to rent for $5 (single-capacity) or $7 (double-capacity.) A limited number of wheelchairs are also available for rent at no charge. All rentals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • How long will it take to visit the Aquarium?

    While each individual stay at the Aquarium differs, the average length of stay is about 4 hours.

  • Can I bring food and drinks in the Aquarium?

    The Aquarium does not allow food to be brought inside the building; however, there is available lawn seating around the premises for those who would like to enjoy a sack lunch outside the building. Guests will also find a variety of dining options available at the Aquarium. Please see our Dining page for more info.

  • Can I bring a cooler?

    Unfortunately, no. Outside food and drinks are not permitted inside the facility. However, your admission tickets are valid for all-day entry, so if you would like to step out for a picnic lunch, you are welcome to do so. Stop by the information desk on your way out to get your hand stamped for easy re-entry during your visit.

    Guests will also find a variety of dining options available at the Aquarium. Please see our Dining page for more info.

  • Can I bring my pet?

    Unfortunately, no. For the safety of our animals, we do not allow outside animals to be brought into our facility. Service animals are permitted on the property.

  • Do you still have 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. We have since introduced Lone Star Days, which gives guests a wide variety of days to visit and allows them to explore and enjoy the Aquarium without the crowd.

    Learn more
  • What is the dress code policy?

    The Texas State Aquarium requires proper attire at all times, including shirts and footwear.

  • How does the Aquarium operate?

    The Texas State Aquarium Association is a not-for-profit educational institution. Operational funds are generated through admission fees, gift shop sales, facility rentals, memberships, educational programs, philanthropic contributions, and corporate sponsorships.

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