So I’m finally getting around to writing about our field trip to the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park that we visited while we were in Dallas a while back. It is right next door to the Texas Discovery Gardens, so we just took a short trek across the street over to the Children’s Aquarium after we had our fill of plants and butterflies. Read about our Texas Discovery Gardens field trip here. Or, you can watch our YouTube video and subscribe to our channel.
Dallas has a much larger and much more expensive aquarium downtown (the Dallas World Aquarium), but this one is more suitable for younger children and requires much less walking. Perfect for my little ones (and me carrying the baby in the carrier).
You enter the through the main door, pay the entrance fee of $8 for adults and $6 for children (ages 3-11) at the front desk, and then you’re free to explore the exhibits. Most of the tanks are about eye level for smaller children, so they can easily engage and get a better look at the different aquatic creatures and at information about them.
Even though this is a fairly small aquarium, taking us only a couple hours to explore the entire facility, the exhibits were well-maintained and contained quite a few interesting animals. We found the albino alligator and sea turtles to be pretty fascinating.
The highlight of the entire trip, though, was the stingray exhibit. Don’t miss them! You have to go outside to the back outdoor tanks to see them. But you don’t just get to see them, you can touch them and feed them! The aquarium offers food for you to purchase, but these guys are super friendly and conditioned to eat from strangers, so you don’t need to buy the food unless you really want to.
We spent a large part of our time out there interacting with these interesting creatures. They would swim right up to the side of the tank with their faces out of the water like they were wanting to be petted. It took quite some time for my daughter to muster enough courage to stick her hand near those slimy things, but once she did it, she loved it!
You also don’t want to miss the touch tank just inside the aquarium entrance, where you can pet a chocolate chip sea star, a sea urchin and other little underwater critters. Remember to wash your hands before and after petting the sea creatures in the designated wash stations.
We all had a really fun and memorable time at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park and recommend that you bring your little ones here to explore some underwater life. My daughter still talks about how she got to touch a stingray.
Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
Address > 1462 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
Phone > 469.554.7340
Hours > 9 am – 4:30 pm seven days a week (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Website > childrensaquariumfairpark.com
Admission > Adult $8 | Youth (3-11) & Senior $6