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“Over Priced !!” 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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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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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san antonio, texas
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“Over Priced !!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2009

This was my husband and our 5 children's ( ages 12-11-10-7-2) first time and this was my second. I had gone when I was little which was about 20 years ago. There is still not much to it. They add the dolphin show but its boring. It's a great place to take pictures of the kids and for them to see the mamuals and fish but other then that theres nothing to it. Your better off paying $20 more and going to your local sea world. All in all we paid $85 for 2 adults, 4 kids (our 2 yr old was free),parking and a stroller rental. Its an experience though but just over priced on everything!

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“Nice, but expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

This is a nice, small aquarium. I think it's more expensive than it's worth. Our family was done in 2 hours. Look for $2 off coupons on the Corpus Christi CVB website. You can walk to the Lexington, saving some parking costs if you're doing both attractions. The 2 main shows - dolphins and birds/mammals - are 20 minutes each and are OK, not great. Many of the exhibit aquariums are very small and low to the ground. Nice for kids, but adults do a lot of bending over.

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San Antonio, Texas
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“Just after your business”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2009

The aquarium was decent but overpriced. The food court was a joke and the elevator(s) very small. I got the impression that the Texas State Aquarium upper management staff will do anything to save money and make money. Specifically, they provide no parking attendants at the entrance and rely instead on a parking sensor that allows you to enter at a snail's pace. We parked at the last row under the bridge and when we came out to our vehicle we found out that some idiot parked right behind me and blocked my attempts to get out. I had to wait for the idiot to return only to give him a few choice words. But it was not totally his fault because the site does not monitor parking violations and filled capacity levels because all they care about is getting your money. Save your money and visit a real aquarium.

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Rockport Tx
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“A magical experience, the Dolphin Encounter, the BEST Fun in the Sun!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2009

We have visited many attractions...New York Yankee Stadium, Grand Central Station, Fenway Park, a cruise around the Statue of Liberty. Each is a unique experience.

The Texas State Aquarium, especially the Dolphin Encounter, surpasses any vacation/family attraction experience we have ever enjoyed The entire Awesome Team
takes joy and pride, takes the time to give visitors the BEST Fun in the Sun, one on one Magic! The knowledge, combined with fun and excitement , they present to young and old alike is the BEST in Texas or any other state!

Take your family, you, your children and grandchildren to the BEST Memory Maker in Texas. FUN + KNOWLEDGE=The Texas State Aquarium. The #1 attraction in South Texas and an experience of a lifetime! No one in South Texas or Texas does it better!

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Baytown, TX
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“It is the TEXAS STATE aquarium”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2009

It is an aquarium that is devoted to the marine life in the Texas/Gulf Coast area (and has added a few other exhhibits). If you want to pay the Sea World prices (which are much more I might add), dirve north on I-37 to San Antonio.

It is what it is, and I have enjoyed it each time I go.

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