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“Cool place, but a bit pricey” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Texas State Aquarium

Texas State Aquarium
2710 N. Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78402
+1 361-881-1200
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Owner description: Discover the amazing underwater world of the Texas State Aquarium! Thousands of animals representing over 330 different species are ready to enchant, entertain, and inspire you. Corpus Christi's most popular visitor attraction has welcomed over 10 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 connecting people with nature and inspiring the conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Hesston, Kansas
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“Cool place, but a bit pricey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

The aquarium is a great place to see, but it cost our family $62.50 ($2.50 for a parking token to get out of the lot) and we completed the visit within 1.5 hours on a Tuesday afternoon. We wanted to see the Dolphin show, and happened to show up an hour beforehand & it was already packed (they recommended showing up 20 minutes before the show for the "best seating"). We stood in the back, and had people stuffed all around us. The show lasted 15 minutes and it was entertaining, but they should consider offering it more than a few times a day. Be sure to park under the bridge, other parking is $5.00. Parking fee is not an option by the way.

Visited July 2011
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“Not sure what we were expecting, but.......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

There were a few displays that were interesting, but for the price, we were very disappointed with what we experienced, and would not revisit--been there, done that. Granted, we were just two adults--no children. There were a lot of folks with children who seemed to be enjoying the shows, etc. Parking was a challenge as well. The best thing abour our visit to the aquarium was the beautiful view of both the bay waters and the USS Lexington.

Visited April 2011
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“Busy but fun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

They don't cap attendance so even though we went at 1:30 it was still crowded. During the shows you can avoid the crowds. We found it was a bargain since we paid half price due to being a museum member elsewhere. We loved touching the rays and the small sea creatures. If you have 2-3 hours and you have children I recommend it.

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“Too little for too much money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

It was fun and if the price was less it would be perfect. The truth is that the aquarium wasn't that big and the shows didn't last that long (although entertaining) The kids had fun especially in the water park. That for me made the price worth it. Make sure to bring swim suits for the kids and a couple of towells or you will be going home with not so happy kids. The water park was fun for the kids and it was enclosed so there was only one entrance that was also the exit which is great for supervision and safety. They had planty of tables and chairs with shade for the parents to sit and watch the littl ones cool off. Adults had fun playing in the water park too I sat back with nachos and a cool drink. Overall it was short but great just a little expensive.
ONE TIP- get to shows 40 min early to get a seat or else you will be standing!

Visited July 2011
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“Splash park a nice addition”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011 via mobile

Son and I came on a Wednesday during the summer. Place was packed. It was indeed pricey to get in. We went thru all the indoor and outdoor exhibits in about an hour and a half. There was very limited seating for the dolphin show. They say to arrive twenty min early but I would recommend at least thirty min. And the show was extremely short. The gift shop is overpriced. I bought my son a crab toy for $20 that I later found on amazon for $13. The food in the food court was strange. I have NEVER had a burger that tasted like that in my life, so I can't even explain to you how it tasted, but I couldn't finish it. The real highlight today was the splash park. My son played in there for three hours. They had shaded seating with fans and music for the parents to sit and watch and enjoy pa drink from the refreshment cart. All and all a positive experience that my son really enjoyed.

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