The Dallas World Aquarium isn't just an aquarium. It's got birds, monkeys, snakes, penquins and many more animals than just sea creatures.
We have taken our son who is three to the Dallas Aquarium twice, once as a two year old and now as a three year old. As a two year old, he didn't last too long as he mainly just wanted to run around and couldn't see a lot of the animals hiding even with us pointing.
Now at three he is able to see and look for animals and has more interest in them. There is tons of sea life to see but they also have a bird exhibit and a demonstration of reptiles and even SLOTHS! This is a perfect activity if you're visiting Dallas as it's downtown close to the other museums and also close to restaurants. I would recommend taking your kids three and up!
We went during spring break, which meant it was packed, but we arrived before it opened and got in line. Despite it being full to capacity, it was still a fabulous time! I love how it's not just an aquarium, but almost zoo like with a lot of animals. I took my daughter who was an infant at the time and my husbands half sister and brother who were school aged. They both loved it as much as I did. We got to pet and feed a sloth which was nice to have some interaction as well! Great time for all! One downside is it's very pricey!
This aquarium is alright to me. I think the kids would be excited to see penguins, fishes, etc. It's pretty much what you would expect from an aquarium, nothing special really. I would try to buy tickets early though because they tend to be cheaper. The area around the aquarium is kind of hard to navigate around in my opinion, so I would arrive early to find a place to park. If your children like marine animals, this would be a great place to take them; just don't expect anything special.
It was really interesting and my (then a year old daughter) just love almost everything there. We had a really fun time at the Dallas World Aquarium, but felt like for their price, there are other places that you probably get more for your money. Although it is a bit pricey definitely something to see when you are in Dallas/FW, especially on a rainy day!
The Dallas World Aquarium would get 5 stars, but it is quite expensive! There is a glass tunnel that you can walk through/sit and watch in that is awesome. The kids wanted to stay in there for forever. There are sharks that swim over your head...sharks you've never seen before, and other big creatures. There is also a glass wall downstairs that the HUGE manatees swim right up to and press up against. The kids absolutely loved it! The place is laid out to where you just follow the path, and basically see everything there if you stay on the path. It feels like you are in the animals' environments, and some you can just walk right up to...like the sloth, which the kids think is awesome. Some people say that the smell is bad, and there is a smell, but I'm thinking...what do you expect with practically an indoor zoo? It isn't overpowering...there, but not bad. Would recommend!
My family and I enjoyed the aquarium. We went towards the end of the day during the week. There were no lines and no crowds. Our son was home from college and he along with our kids ages 12, 8, and 4 really enjoyed hanging out at DWA. The price is a little steep, $119 for 6. **Advice, do not go on weekend or around holiday.** The lines are long and every exhibit is overcrowded.
Very surprised to find the huge aquarium in the downtown area of Dallas. Felt like a real rain forest area once you first walk in with beautiful colorful birds flying everywhere. Loved it because there were animals and fish at every turn. In one area your looking at the top of what appears to be a pond with geese and ducks swimming in it and you can make out the occasional fish, but later find out that pond has an aquarium view to it and you can see manitees, turtles and huge fish swimming in it. It was a great experience for us and we would return.
I was not very impressed with this aquarium at all. It was nice and clean. Pretty to look at but I thought that it was very small and not much to look at compared to others that I have been to. I think that they spent more money on the area with the birds then any underwater area. My kids were disappointed about that. also it was extremely expensive. When I heard $45 for three people I thought this place better be great. it was such a busy day that all we did was slowly follow the long line through the whole place. Not the best design for busy days.
This is a very good size Aquarium for the Dallas Area. It's wide and open so you can push the stroller with no problem. As any other aquarium your food choices are both, limited and expensive.
If you do not have any coupons or a senior, or military ID tht can save you a few bucks I would actually consider this an expensive attraction.
It's cool and all but I wouldn't go more than once a year. I'd much rather go to Six Flags or Hurricane Harbor.
We had a really fun time at the Dallas World Aquarium, but felt like for their price, there are other places that you probably get more for your money. That being said, my boys really loved seeing all of the different animals--even animals besides just sea-life. Our favorite part was walking through the shark tunnel.
This aquarium is more than just an aquarium. It has other animals as well. There was a nice penguin exhibit, and when I went they even had a sloth. My daughter had a lot of fun here. And everyone had fun laughing at me freaking out about a spider that wasn't behind glass.
We have visited this aquarium twice now and love going. It is kinda pricey to go on a whim but the diversity of animals is amazing and you get so close to some of them, you can almost reach out and touch them. It has a very smart layout in that you follow one path to go through the entire aquarium. There is no multiple hallways to get lost in. You can take your time and stop and take many pictures!! The last time we went my youngest go to feed some of the birds and we atually stood underneath a sloth hanging from the lowlying branch above, not more than three feet above us. There are multiple eating establishments there, I would recommmed calling to ask for their hours as to when the resturants are open. The staff is very helpful in guiding you through the exhibts and are many open spaces so you don't feel crowded in with your children.
We took our seven year old and she loved it!! It was hard to push a stroller and a little pricey but the exhibits were excellent!! Our daughter really loved the aquariums-there is a walk though tunnel. I will repeat the visit if we have the opportunity.
My kids love looking at the different kinds of fish and I love watching the otters play. I recommend going during the week though bc the weekend can get pretty crazy. The food there is also good but a little pricey. I also recommend when it's not too hot. It's all inside but there are a lot of windows in certain areas and it gets hot and muggy.
The Dallas World Aquarium is my favorite destination in Dallas for families. It's a completely unique venue (aquarium, zoo, and nature museum in one). There's something here for a kid of any age.
- Start off up on the 3rd floor with the birds and 40 foot waterfall. You'll see turtles and fish in the water below. As you wind your way down through the various ramps, you'll end up coming face to face with the very fish that you were viewing from above.
- There are various shows which are quite loud and potentially scary for younger kids. Both 2 year olds that we had with us were definitely terrified of the large headdress wearing Mayan dancers
- Eat at one of the in-house restaurants or plan to drive somewhere. Limited dining options outside the aquarium
- The design of the aquarium is very stroller friendly with ramps everywhere. It does get crowded on the weekend, so you might have a bit of maneuvering to do.
- As mentioned before don't miss the shark tank. If you can catch a feeding, it's pretty awesome. Our 2 year old also loved the manatees and the South African penguin feedings.
This place is good for 2-3 hours of fun. My favorite part was the shark tank. A couple words of warning: 1) the layout of the museum is confusing, with poor signage. I was left constantly wondering if there was a part of the museum that we were missing. 2) parts of the museum are extremely loud, due to the acoustics of the space. If you have a child that doesn't like loud noises, especially avoid the flamingo area.
Our family loves frequenting this aquarium! They layout is fantastic and the exhibits are great. They have everything from sharks to crocodiles, local fish and fish from all over the world. It is a little pricey to get in at $19, but we felt the experience was worth it.