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Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas, Texas

1462 1st Ave, Dallas, Texas

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    • Little kids (3-5)
    • Tweens (9-12)
  • Visited: 2013-02-01
  • Submitted: 2013-03-24 21:05:34.0
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Love Stingray Island

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Buying food to feed the stingrays is worth it!

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  • My overall rating:

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    • Little kids (3-5)
    • Tweens (9-12)
  • Visited: 2012-11-01
  • Submitted: 2013-01-04 12:38:17.0
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Nice small aquarium

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let them experience the stingray petting tank.

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Submitted by: Kelsey M.

A smaller aquarium at Fair Park that is geared for the kids.  It's not as cool as the Dallas World Aquarium but still...

Submitted by: m m.

I'd been to this aquarium several times prior to the renovation and for my children (at the time, ages 2 and 4), it was a perfect, safe way to spend an hour. Today was the first time we'd been back since the makeover and although I wasn't sure it would hold the kids' attention, we ended up spending 2 1/2 hours here!  We had 4 kids between us, ages 6 and 8, and all 4 of them really enjoyed it. Wish there were some additional volunteers/employees to answer questions, but there are signs at most of the tanks telling you what's inside. The touch tank at the entrance was a huge hit, both on the way in and again on the way out. The sting ray bay was also a hit, but make sure to get in line to buy the $2 cup of foo...

Submitted by: Heather L.

For young kids (not teenagers) this place is great. It's small enough that it's not overstimulating -- we did the whole aquarium in 20 minutes. The aquarium has a surprising amount of se...

Submitted by: Christy D.

(@WentingX....I think you reviewed the wrong aquarium.  There are two in Dallas and this one is the very small one in Fair Park) We came here as one of our stops for a family vacation activity with our three year old son.  I toyed with going to the Dallas World Aquarium, but decided on this one due to it's proximity to the Nature And Science Museum (which we also wanted to see) and b/c it's geared specificially at children.  Yeah, I've been to more impressive aquariums, but the goal was the engage and entertain our 3 year old so this aquarium was PERFECT!  It's not too big, so we didn't lose his attention and it has just enough cool stuff that we don't see in our everyday lives that he was enthralled with ev...

Submitted by: Rachel T.

Our family decided to take advantage of the $5.00 preview of the newly renovated aquarium.  Here's the quick rundown: Parking is free unless you go during the Fair. The preview was a little disappointing because only about 60% of their animals were actually on the display when we went two weeks ago. That said...For a small aquarium it is really pretty good (it would probably take an hour, hour and a half to go through if you took your time).  The stingray bay was a lot of fun.  (If you schedule your visit right, you'll even get to hand feed the rays.)  We enjoyed the piranha, albino alligators, and rescued sea turtle exhibits.  The outdoor shark tank was great too. If the price is right after the grand openi...

Submitted by: wenting x.

this place really depends on your age. if you are a parent that have kids 12 or under, then i would recommend you taking them here. However..if you are not then save yourself some money and go to a real aquarium. The place was alright...as in they had the usual exhibits with some frogs, reptiles, bats, fishes, gators, etcetc..BUT they def. lack some of ...

Submitted by: deno f.

It is so sad to see this place looking so bad.  I remember when this was the only aquarium in Dallas.  Now with Dallas World Aquarium right downtown, folks scoff at this little place.   The price is right, $4 for adults and $3 for kids.  I mean, it's totally worth $7 to look at sharks, giant turtles, alligators, piranhas, jellyfish, etc.  They have such potential with all the other museums so close by.  And you can tell they are trying to update the exhibits, but they still are not meeting their potential. The staff was terrible.  I mean seriously offensive.  We arrived an hour before closing, knowing we would only spend an hour there.  About a half hour in, three employees were talking loudly about all the ...

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