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“Terrific exhibits & great dophin show”

Texas State Aquarium
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Owner description: Discover the amazing underwater world of the Texas State Aquarium! Thousands of animals representing over 320 different species are ready to enchant, entertain, and inspire you. Corpus Christi's most popular cultural attraction has welcomed over 12 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 to engage people with animals, inspire appreciation for our seas, and support wildlife conservation.
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

As I volunteer at an aquarium where I live, it is always interesting to see other aquariums. This one did not disappoint. Great indoor exh-bits & outdoor ones. Outdoors: Nice ray pool, turtle tank, bird exhibit, wonderful dophin show. Indoors: bamboo sharks & rays, jellyfish, 2 large tanks with local fish, crabs. All very nicely laid out for visitors.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Perfect educational experience for children as well as adults. Very well managed and clean as well. Makes me proud to live in Texas.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

My husband and I visited this past weekend. The parking is plentiful which cost $5. I don't remember the entry fee but around $16 each. Nice displays and demonstrations. There's not a whole lot of information provided. It's really geared to a child's short attention span. They have a daily schedule with the "shows". Overall, very nice!

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

When comparing this to other aquariums (Moody Gardens in Galveston, Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas) the Texas State Aquarium is comparable, but not superior. There are kid-friendly "touch the sting ray, sea urchin, starfish, hermit crab" opportunities and there are two exhibits that are Texas-oriented that are quite good. They have a salt marsh ecosystem exhibit complete with sleepy roseate spoonbill and snowy egrets and an "oil rig ecosystem" that shows what sea life would be like around a man-made structure (probably minus the pollution). Oddly, the star attraction was a cheerful hawk-headed parrot who wolf-whistled at guests. Meanwhile the dolphins gave a rather lackluster show. (To be fair, they call their shows "rehearsals" for dolphin shows and I'm not sure you can expect what you'd see at Sea World or the famous show at the Boston Aquarium. These dolphins might be retired or in training. I'm not sure.)

If you are considering this aquarium versus the one at Moody Gardens, consider that they don't have a dolphin show at all at Moody Gardens. On the other hand, are you fascinated by sharks? The shark feeding exhibit at Moody Gardens is informative and well-executed, and they also have a very neat penguin exhibit. Meanwhile, the two sharks at the Texas State Aquarium were difficult for kids to see amidst all the pipes in the large oil rig exhibit. The Texas State exhibit does have an impressive room of jellyfish (though no one seems to understand about turning the flash off if you want to take a photo of something besides your camera flash) and they also have a collection of tree frogs, snakes,and a few birds of prey. There were a pair of otters (also popular) and three large "rescue" turtles on display as well.

If you don't want to be surrounded by little kids (sources of many of those camera flashes) obviously don't go on a weekend or over the summer holiday. Other than that, this could be a nice outing, either for a couple hours or all day since they have a cafe and fairly regular shows. Also, the aquarium has a very friendly staff and a great location on the bay near other attractions like the U.S.S. Lexington.

Aquariums tend to be expensive outings out of necessity, so while the Texas State Aquarium isn't a cheap attraction, it is relatively reasonable despite apparently not getting a dime from the state of Texas. (AAA discounts and college student discounts available with ID. )

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

It seemed to be WAY overpriced for what it was. Only two floors of creatures to look at and some outside stuff as well. We were able to walk through the whole thing in less than 2 hours and the kids weren't even tired. They had a "show" in the main lobby at the end of our visit, which was just a large turtle that they brought out for the kids to look at. Lame. There's a little "cafeteria" on the ground floor that has pizza , hot dogs and other questionable food. Expensive and not good. Save your money!

Thank YTravels
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