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We had a great time at the Dallas Aquarium!! We enjoyed viewing both land and sea animals. We were... read more

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We visited on a Saturday. Be prepared for very long lineups! We waited over an hour to get in. Well... read more

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Reviewed April 25, 2006

I would give this attraction 5 stars if it wasn't for the expensive ticket price. Still, we were on vacation to have fun and that we did. Very interesting exhibits and much more that you would expect from an aquarium, like multilevel exhibits and a rainforest.

3  Thank jenniferhogan3
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Reviewed April 18, 2006

A decent attraction with some nice exhibits, not any better or worse than the majority of zoological attractions one might visit elsewhere. Strongly advise calling the aquarium before visiting and asking if there is a time when you can visit when they do not expect large numbers of school children to be passing through. On the morning I visited several classes of small children were also there, and they were constantly running, stomping, and SCREAMING at the top of their lungs. That is no exaggeration. The people who were supposed to be supervising these children did nothing to curb this behavior. There are several areas in the aquarium where sound echoes quite well. If your visit coincides with the visit of one of these child mobs, please be advised that you may be leaving with a migraine. Also, one of the animals on display was a black jaguar that was displaying the classic, constant pacing behavior of an animal kept in an undersized enclosure with not enough to keep it mentally stimulated.

9  Thank Freedom37416
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Reviewed March 26, 2006

I went in high school for an aquatics class and loved it. I have two babies, 3 and 21 months, and we wanted to go somewhere else besides the zoo. The kids loved being able to see the otters and penguins get fed. The huge walk through tunnel with the sharks is all my son talked about the whole way home. The walkways can be a tight fit if there is a lot of people but it is worth the wait on people jams. We took our wagon as transportation for the kids and it was okay but sometimes a tight squeeze in some turns.

3  Thank GlobeTrotting16189
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Reviewed March 20, 2006

Located in the West end of downtown dallas entertainment section of town, I really enjoyed this after being a little dissapointed in the Dallas Zoo. A shark tank, ala mandalay bay, cageless animals that you can literally go face to face with, Ive never seen an aquarium quite like this. It also helps to know your animals and you would really appreciate this beautiful place.

7  Thank newface
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Reviewed March 19, 2006

My wife and I decided that we would go down to the Dallas World Aquarium for a nice Saturday afternoon. We had been there a couple of years back, and really enjoyed seeing their aquariums and rain forest exhibits. This afternoon’s trip was a completely different experience.

We arrived at the DWA at about 12:30 in the afternoon. There was already a line wrapping half way around the building, and it took us 30-40 minutes before we got to the entrance. Waiting in line was the best part of the experience…

Once we paid $15+ each (does not include parking), we were funneled with a huge crowd onto the winding paths that walk you through the aquarium. The only thing that can compare to the number of people here is Mardi gras. There were literally hundreds of people smashed together on a 5 foot wide walkway. You could not see anything because of all the people, and it took us over an hour to make it approximately 75 feed down the first path. I would hate to think what would have happened if there was an emergency or power outage.

Other than the crowds, DWA does not seem to care about the well being of their animals. One of the first displays you see is the Sloth exhibit. It is an open platform the size of a dining room table with a few trees and rocks on it. The walking path splits and goes on both sides of this display. You can literally reach out and touch the sloth (even though there are multiple signs saying “Do Not Touch Sloth”. This did not stop people from getting within a few inches of the sloth’s face and taking flash photographs. While we were there, the sloth had no less than 25 people take close-up pictures (within 1 foot) and approximately half of them were using flash cameras. What made the situation even worse is that all of this went on with a DWA employee watching from just a few feet away. To me, putting a wild animal in this situation is abuse. The sloth exhibit was not the only place this type of activity was going on. Even though we only saw a little of the jungle area, every time any type of animal got close to the pathway, there was a barrage of flashes and people would try to poke or touch the animals.

We did not stay to see more. We made our way backward through the crowd and went out the entrance, (We could not go forward, it was a total standstill.) We will not be going back to the Dallas World Aquarium, and would not recommend it to anyone that cares for animals. DWA’s only concern is how many paying customers they can cram into the building. There is no respect for the environment or animals in their possession.

I am by no means an animal activist. I just enjoy nature and believe that it should be respected. It was truly embarrassing to stand in a crowd of people with a total disregard for an animal’s wellbeing; and I am ashamed that I supported an organization that promotes this behavior.

65  Thank Sunshine2799
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