Texas State Aquarium
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Discover the amazing underwater world of the Texas State Aquarium! Thousands of animals representing over 500 different species are ready to enchant, entertain, and inspire you. Conveniently located on North Beach, the Texas State Aquarium is just minutes from Corpus Christi's downtown district, convention center complex, and museums. 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 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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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX1,044 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit to the aquarium. Tickets are around $40 for adults and parking is $5 but it was totally worth it. There is so much to see here. Our absolute favorite was the dolphin show so be sure to check show times and make that happen....such a fun experience! I've been to other aquariums and this is definitely one of my favorite. We will be back.
Written April 13, 2022
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Flying Texan
Spring, TX54 contributions
Apr 2021
It was a great visit. Hint: Buy your tickets online as well as your $5 parking pass, the ticket taker will give you a token for your parking. The facility was very crowded (we came on a Saturday so we deserve that). Nevertheless, it was a great place to spend 2-3 hours looking at the exhibits, indoor and outdoor.
Written April 4, 2021
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Thanks so much devinh, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. And you are right, Saturdays, particularly during spring break, are definitely our very busiest times of the year. I hope you might consider visiting again, and I always recommend folks to come right when we open, the first hour or two usually are not as crowded. Tom
Written April 7, 2021
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Jaimi T
8 contributions
Mar 2022
This is a very nice aquarium, great for families. They have a splash pad for kids, a decent cafe (the food was pricy but it was good, definitely a step above what you normally see at places like this), and lots of interactive exhibits where you can pet or touch an animal. Some of the family did the "Snorkel with a Shark" activity. I felt like we were not adequately prepared with how cold the water would be! Despite that, it was a good time. We would definitely go again!
Written March 19, 2022
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Hi there, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We thank you for your feedback and hope to welcome you back to the Texas State Aquarium very soon!
Written March 29, 2022
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Robert M S
Houston, TX15 contributions
Aug 2021
We are Senior Citizens. I went to their web site to check rates. It stated $21.95 per person but it was on sale for $18.95. I did not attempt to order online because I did not know what day we would arrive. We arrived on 08/17/21. We were told that the rate was $35 per person. I complained. A manager was called. She laughed and said that is the rate,
Written August 20, 2021
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Hello Robert, Thank you for sharing your feedback. We can't help to wonder if you got redirected to an unofficial website/third party website that offered different pricing options. Would you be comfortable sharing with us the link where you saw the pricing you mention? We are looking into this issue and want to make sure we find the page where you saw that pricing so we can update their information. We sell tickets online, and this is the first time we have heard about this particular issue. For weekday tickets, the listed discounted price for senior citizens is $33.95, and for weekends the listed price is $36.95. As a nonprofit aquarium, your admission supports our animal care, Wildlife Rescue, and conservation programs. We hope you can give us another in the future. Thank you, Carla
Written August 27, 2021
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Heather C
Palacios, TX366 contributions
Jul 2021
The Texas State Aquarium is a bit pricey. For myself, my husband, and our 6 year old son and the $5 parking fee, it came to about $103 dollars for a weekday visit...and that's because we save some money by purchasing our tickets online. Personally, I think it's a little overpriced, but it is fun.

There was a lot to see especially this go round. Our last visit was about 5 years ago. We made sure to go to every exhibit so we wouldn't miss out. There are so many different species of fish, jellyfish, sharks, crabs, etc. Lots of good photo ops too. My son was excited to pet a shark, a jellyfish, a stingray, and a hermit crab. He enjoyed the petting thing the most.

The 4D theater was interesting and fun! We saw a shark documentary. That was my favorite!

We were disappointed that there were no Eagles, alligators, and ocelot (at least I think it was supposed to be an ocelot). Everything else was cool to see though, and we enjoyed the dolphin show.

The aquarium was very clean as were the restrooms. Staff is extremely helpful and friendly.

The gift shop had a lot of empty shelf space. I'm thinking this is because of all the flooding and rain Corpus had just had. Perhaps they hadn't been able to receive their delivery. However, the gift shop is extremely expensive. I wanted a tie-dye t-shirt, and it was $36! A small bag of shark gummies was $6, so yeah, hard pass for us on the gift shop.

There was a little water area for the kids, but we didn't go to that (much to my son's dismay). It looked fun though.

We were there a little past 10am on a Monday, and it was very crowded, so just be aware that this is an extremely crowded place.

This is definitely a fun place to take the kids for a day out. As I've said, it is pricey, but this isn't something you'd do all the time.
Written July 14, 2021
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Linda F
Houston, TX10 contributions
Apr 2021
I went to the aquarium on Tuesday, April 27th 2021, during a mini vacation to Corpus. I was fully expecting to pay around 35-37 dollars for my ticket. I was SO surprised to find out I only had to pay 2.00 thanks to Community Day!!
What a beautiful place. It's large, with many stunning exhibits, so it really didn't feel too crowded, even though it was. There's so much to see, you can easily move to a lesser crowded area. It's well worth the visit!
Everyone was wearing a mask and there was hand sanitizer in various locations.
Written May 5, 2021
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William W
Fort Worth, TX900 contributions
Sep 2021
We were delayed going in by a little more than an hour, but it was well worth it. Be sure to touch the sharks and rays. It's not a very large aquarium so you can see everything in about an hour, but stick around for the dolphin show. The show lasts about ten minutes. We recommend but will not make a return visit.
Written October 3, 2021
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jbjn55
Valparaiso, IN86 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
The facility is located on the shore of the bay - very cool and very modern BUT this was not worth the price of admission! Over priced for the small amount of exhibits - I swear there is equal space provided for things to buy as there are exhibits to see… disappointing since the reviews for this were so positive.

Don’t get me wrong - the exhibits they do have are cool BUT man the cost is too high. The dolphin show was cool and they have a few petting tanks for sting rays and jelly fish but still not cool enough to overcome the price of entry!
Written June 18, 2021
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Hi JN, thanks so much for the feedback. After reading your review, I can't help but wonder if you actually toured our entire facility, including both the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Journey wings. Both contain dozen of exhibits and habits of all sizes, including the 500,000 gallon shark exhibition with the longest acrylic window in North America. It usually takes at least takes 3 to 4 hours to experience everything, including our 4-D Immersion Theater. We have a great gift shop, however, it is only a tiny fraction of our overall campus. Thanks again for your comment.
Written June 23, 2021
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John G
Dallas, TX54 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Enjoyable, maybe not world-class

For $40 admission, I expected a little more. That said, they do have some very nice exhibits. The “Caribbean Journey” is a domed 2 level structure with a very relaxing and scenic cafe area, perfect for a cup of coffee while enjoying the views both inside and outside towards the bay.
Written August 1, 2022
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Miketull
Sunrise, FL68 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
This is a rather large aquarium to be certain. It is broken up into 3 main areas. One that focuses on aquatic life found in the gulf. A second that features marine creatures as well as terrestrial critters from the Mexico and the Caribbean. Lastly there is a large outdoor area that has some of the marine creatures that require more space to roam. Those include dolphins, turtles, rays and otters.

A good deal of thought and money have been put into the layout and theming of the tanks and habitats and it shows. There are also a couple of large props that make for good photo ops, if you want more than fish pictures from the experience. A fairly big and varied gift shop is also on site with reasonable prices.

I will say the one small but sour chord in my visit came from attempting to purchase a beer at their caffe. Apparently beer isn't sold during week days. A bizarre policy that I can't see the advantage of keeping considering it only serves to deny customers a product they already carry. It only hurts them financially in the long run. However I wont let that one small inconvenience mire what is an otherwise spectacular attraction.
Written July 18, 2020
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Thank you for your "FIN"tastic review! We are so glad you had a wonderful experience and took the time to provide such a detailed review. Your suggestion has been noted and your feedback is much appreciated. We hope we can welcome you again soon!
Written July 23, 2020
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