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Texas State Aquarium

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Address: 2710 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78402-1097
Phone Number: +1 361-881-1200
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Discover the amazing underwater world of the Texas State Aquarium!...

Discover the amazing underwater world of the Texas State Aquarium! Thousands of animals representing over 320 different species are ready to enchant, entertain, and inspire you. Corpus Christi's most popular cultural attraction has welcomed over 12 million visitors since its grand opening in July 1990. Conveniently located on North Beach, the Texas State Aquarium is just minutes from Corpus Christi's downtown district, convention center complex, and museums.The Texas State Aquarium Association is a not-for-profit, educational institution that does not receive any city, state, or federal funding for its operations. Every visit to the Texas State Aquarium is a new and exciting discovery of animals that remind us all of our responsibility to those whose world we share.The Aquarium's Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program is federally permitted and operates under rigorous standards established by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Each year, thousands of protected, endangered or threatened species along the Texas coast become ill or injured. Most are brought to our facility with problems caused directly or indirectly by humans. The goal of the Texas State Aquarium's Second Chances Program is to rehabilitate, and whenever possible, return the animals to their natural environment. The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Aquarium's mission is to engage people with animals, inspire appreciation for our seas, and support wildlife conservation.

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Good mid-sized aquarium with plans to grow

We have been to aquariums in Houston and Austin, and this is far and away better than either of those. While this is not a top-line aquarium (e.g., aquariums in Chicago... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not a very large aquarium, but it does hae a large variety of animals and shows. The dolphin show was very fun to watch and very interesting since the speaker helped educate about the dolphins. There are several interactive areas where you can touch jellyfish, sharks, sea stars, horseshoe crabs, and even sea urchins, all while learning about them.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While on our trip to Corpus Christi, my husband and I thought it would be fun to go the aquarium and check out the various types of fish and sea species. We had a great time admiring all the different types of fish and other things they had for us tourist to see. It is a great place for families... More 

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Carmel, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highlights were being able to touch sharks, jelly fish, sea urchins. Sting ray exhibit was closed during our visit. Has a dolphin show. Interactive staff. Outdoor benches overlooking bay. Easy to see in four hours. Looked like construction was being done for expansion.

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Jarrell, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to aquariums in Houston and Austin, and this is far and away better than either of those. While this is not a top-line aquarium (e.g., aquariums in Chicago, Baltimore, or Atlanta), it was an excellent experience with some quality programs. By far the highlight is the dolphin show. These animals are not able to be re-released into... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is good. Great for kids... a lot to learn from. Kids can touch some species. Prices are okay. $24 kids $17. The small dolphin show is good for the kids. 🐬 we touched the Jellyfish for our first time. 😉 oh! And the starfish too. We have been in big acuariums, like the one in Galveston and they... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my grandson who is 18-months-old and he loved it! It is a nice size with lots to do and see. We went on a Monday and saw several shows. I'm not sure how some people are able to do everything in an hour, because even with an 18-month-old's attention span it took us longer than that! During the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For the price of admission and having to pay for parking I would have expected a lot more as far as exhibits and attractions. I hope once the expansion is finished in the spring it will be a better family outing.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I guess its no fun going during the week.. went on a Thursday and i guess they weren't doing any shows.. I mean dont get me wrong people there are nice but didn't really see cool things

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TXStateAquarium, Manager at Texas State Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback Cindy! We're sorry you didn't get to experience any shows at the Aquarium. We have a daily presentation schedule with a show occurring every half hour. We hope you come out again to see the shows and exhibits! I've included a link below to our daily presentation schedule for you as well. https://texasstateaquarium.org/plan-your-visit/daily-presentation-schedule/ More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went out to the aquarium as a family experience with our 15 month old. He really enjoyed seeing all the fish and was really excited. We love the fact there is a Starbucks inside and that it's not too pricy. The only downside was that all the turtles and dolphins were away because they were cleaning out the tank.... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

April 2016 visit, Be sure to take additional clothing - kids will get wet. Fascinating to see the kids learn and explore what adults take for granted. If you buy Texas Stats Aquarium cup, be sure to keep them close. KIDS easily leave them behind and their goes your money.

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