Austin Aquarium
Austin Aquarium
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Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The Austin Aquarium welcomes families to enjoy an immersive interactive experience! Sea to Believe as we connect children and families to the planet, ranging from our rainforests and deserts to the exotic species of ocean. Family activities in Austin include hand feeding sharks, stingrays, birds, and tropical animals. Fun children activities include feeding and touching crocodiles, holding slithering snakes, or even taking a selfie with one of our exotic large breed birds.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Aly R
    Fort Worth, Texas9 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    So-so. Smells dirty and poorly maintained. Small animals and spaces. Don't do tokens for younger kids.
    It was so so. Crowded and small. No larger animals. Penguins were the best thing and theres like 3. Smells like it's not cleaned well. Filters were gross. Poor animals need better quality tanks/enclosures and cleanliness. The tokens were a rip off. They didn't tell us there's age limits and my 4 yo couldnt participate much. Feeding was fun. But I would say do the zoo or botanical gardens.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 13, 2024
  • Rachelle
    Windermere, Florida196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great educational interaction!
    Great interaction & educational experience for all ages, well worth the fee. Staff was professional, friendly & helpful explaining to families membership may be less expensive. Our afternoon visit lasted bit over a hour, with no rush to leave. Aquariums Bathrooms & animals, in sight were clean & being cleaned in our presence. Washing stations were available every few feet. The least disappointing, one of the better smelling & most comfortable stops in Austin FOR ME ‼️
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2024
  • Safari60389827368
    Liberty Hill, Texas5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    94 yr. old Wheelchair bound Grandma has experience of a lifetime
    My 94 yr. old wheelchair bound mother wanted to see the Lemurs at the Austin Aquarium. She did and so much more. The staff and facility were very wheelchair accommodating. They asked if there was anything we needed. She was so happy to with her experience, which made me so grateful to this team
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 16, 2024
  • YotaPower
    Guilford, Maine954 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A small aquarium, but some neat exhibits.
    We came here and took our time walking through the exhibits. Near the end there was a tortoise that was out where you could feed him and touch like a petting zoo. We were able to get a few close up photos of this prehistoric looking creature. It was a highlight of our visit for sure. People were in the cages feeding the lemurs and birds as well, but we didn’t partake in those adventures. Being in a mall was unique for us, but it made parking nicer than normal and very convenient! We would recommend going.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2024
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eric N
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The Place is alright but the front desk services is terrible . I came in with my wife and my 2 year old daughter recently. The guy asked me how old she is and I told him she is 2 year old. He looked at me and told me it is strange because kid about 2 year old can’t walk yet usually. I was like What the heck are you talking about ? And he told me that any kid under 2 can get a free pass to come in. Oh now it make sense, he think that I try to cheat to get free pass for my daughter. I looked at him and clarify that she is over 2 and will be 3 year old next month, I understand that i have to pay for that and I did not ask for a free pass. But my feeling was completely off and I refused to open membership with him. The 2 years old kid can’t walk yet? He need to go back to school or Google somehow instead of saying that to customer I bought some tokens and he told me you can return token if i don"t use it. Ok sure. After we done . I came back to front desk with some tokens left and he told me that you can not return for money back and i have to buy something from gift shop which he should make it clear with customer at beginning. Anyway i just want to share my bad experiences. Like i said the place is alright but front desk service was not good especially the way the guy assumed about my daughter age instead of giving the correct info to customer
Written October 10, 2021
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Becky C
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
If you’re interested in seeing a few fish and birds, then you’re in the right place. However, if you’re thinking you’re going to see an aquarium, forget it. After paying almost $100 for admission for 3 people, plus an extra $70+ for “tokens” for 3 people to “interact” with and feed the lemurs, I feel so ripped off. The lemur interaction lasted maybe 5 minutes and was basically us literally standing against a wall, with the backs of the lemurs to us, while the “trainers” fed 2 lemurs treats. We were told not to touch them a lot as they get overwhelmed. Now I get they are wild animals and should be treated as such and human interaction should be limited. However, you should not advertise on your site that the interaction would involve actual playing with them and feeding them. IT IS NOT THAT AT ALL. And at $170+, the whole visit was a total rip off in a sad, rundown place.
Written December 7, 2022
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Jensquint
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
I am really surprised by the high reviews for this place. Honestly, it is a total dump. It is dirty and poorly run. I felt bad for the animals there because the employees are too busy gossiping to care for them. During the two hours we were there we only had one employee interact with us…got take our money. Most of the “exhibits” had empty cages and the fish were VERY crowded in their tanks. I’m really shocked this place is still open. The prices to get in are truly ridiculous considering you can walk from one end of the place to another in under 3 minutes. Austin, I’m afraid you have VERY low expectations and this proves it. Save your money and go to the Dallas aquarium or the Waco zoo for a day.
Written October 12, 2021
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Sara G
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Really sad place. I’ve tried contacting The Humane Society but no luck.

Animal enclosures are tiny, overcrowded and dirty.
No supervision on the tanks where you can touch the fish.
Capybara that’s overfed and alone.
A princess that sings at the top of her lungs in a sound system that isn’t necessary because the place is tiny…right there in the middle of the aquarium. I’m sure that’s not good for the animals.
Giant birds that fly right past your head quite aggressively and into the food court eating area!!
So many more things.
Written July 13, 2022
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S.Weber
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
One star is too many for this place. I didn’t know what to expect going on, but I figured it was a typical aquarium. Boy, was I wrong. I don’t understand how this place is allowed to be open. The tanks are filthy, small, and overcrowded. You are allowed to touch a lot of the animals, which seems like a cool thing, but there is no staff to make sure the animals aren’t harmed by the guests, or vise versa. Plus with everyone sticking their hands in the tanks you can tell their filters suck because the water is so cloudy and yellow. Also, the whole place smells like fish it’s gross. Besides all of the aquatic tanks, they also have a lot of land animals that have no business being in there. All in way too small of enclosures, including a HUGE python in a tiny tank. We thought we would have a nice family day at the aquarium, but it was horrible. We left after being in there for 10 minutes because it was that bad. We left feeling depressed, and so sad for the animals.
Written July 26, 2021
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Karen M
Abilene, TX48 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
This place was a big disappointment. The only good part of this place is the lemur exhibit, you do get to interact with animals… But at a price. You have to buy tokens for everything. The lemurs were four tokens each. 10 tokens were $27, so do the math. Plus on top of that $20 a piece to get in. Not worth the money. It is really kind of a sad exhibit, the animals look run down. The building was very dumpy. And strange that it’s in a run down shopping center. Not recommended.
Written October 30, 2021
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Arrowhuntr
Allentown, PA522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We all had a very fun time with all of the different fun areas. The tokens for animal encounters was worth purchasing. Our grand daughter had fun with the Lemurs and we learned a lot. This is much more than an aquarium. A great experience for all ages.
Written May 3, 2021
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Aleyna N
Ephraim, WI9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
If you care about animals, do not go here.

The lemurs are clearly well-cared for but I was very concerned for the well being of many of the other animals.

There are birds that are sitting on perches a few feet behind a short wall and I didn’t see a single staff member anywhere to ensure no one touched the birds. One of said birds was also visibly shaking and refused to stand on one of its legs. There was also a bird that was freely roaming around and I’m not sure if staff was even aware. I don’t know if it was allowed to be out like that or not.

There was also a tortoise sitting by a random door on the floor with no food or water anywhere near it and no staff watching it.

I didn’t see staff really paying attention to almost any of the tanks/enclosures where you could touch animals meaning they’re completely relying on parents to supervise, which is incredibly irresponsible.

On top of the clear lack of animal supervision, the floors are all soaking wet, even ones by the otters where there’s no way that much water could be over there except if the enclosure was leaking, which it must’ve been.

So while it may be a fun experience for kids to get to touch live creatures, the animals need much more supervision before I could ever recommend going to this place.
Written June 23, 2021
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Jessica A
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This place is sad and disgusting. It has to violate every moral, ethical, health, and legal code in existence. Do not spend money here. How in the world is this place allowed to operate? I wouldn’t let my child touch anything and wanted to leave as soon as we walked in. Spent max of 30 minutes after spending over $70 to enter. The poor animals were in crowded cages. It was dirty and disgusting. There was a guy painting the baseboards out of a plastic cup with kids and animals everywhere. There was a sad giant tortoise in the corner that looked like a stool at first. I am legitimately bothered by what I witnessed there.
Written August 4, 2023
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Mary L
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
I visited my family in Austin during the July 4th holiday and was horrified by the conditions of the animals in this place. There was a protest in 2014 to keep this business from opening because of the background of terrible treatment of exotic animals by the family who owns it. Unfortunately, no one headed the warning and the animals are suffering terribly. There is no outside area for the animals to roam and get fish air. The energy in the facility is so depressing and heart breaking. The monkeys are especially traumatized. I have tried contacting everyone from the Humane Society to PETA with little results. Austin Aquarium is a blight on the Austin community. Please do not bring your children there.
Written July 12, 2022
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