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Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

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Address: 1462 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210-1010
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+1 469-554-7340
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30

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Fun-sized family attraction

This a perfect sized attraction for a family with young kids. Lots of hands on stuffs to do. Feeding the sting rays was fun even for adults but if you don't want to pay the extra... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2016
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

This a perfect sized attraction for a family with young kids. Lots of hands on stuffs to do. Feeding the sting rays was fun even for adults but if you don't want to pay the extra for the sting ray food, the rays love to be touched. The price is affordable and a building itself was an attraction for history... More 

Thank SShinkai
Houston, Texas
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

This is a great - if small - aquarium for families to visit. My 3 boys had a blast checking out the sharks, turtles, sea horses, and thousands of fish here. Best of all, touching the sting rays is part of the admission price. There is a separate, roofed, outside viewing area for the sting rays. I think it was... More 

Thank brockkm
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3 reviews
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

This place was both affordable and fun. In fact I wouldn't have minded paying more. The stingray were beautiful. The kids enjoyed the albino alligator and the sharks and so did I.

Thank Shawn S
Dallas, Texas
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53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

Unless you just want to touch the sting rays in the pond out back, there is not much here that is not available along with much more at the Dallas World Aquarium. Sad but true.

Thank Dorkin
Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

We where there during the 4th of July fireworks. It was a bit busy but not overly crowded. Was really cool how you could touch a stingray, also up front there was a small tank with a volunteer that allowed you to touch a couple of unique aquatic creatures. My nephew was just amazed as these where not like his... More 

Thank Robin V
Dallas, Texas
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

This was super fantastic!!! Have gone with students and just as a visit with friends. The activities were really cool and engaging. The entire place is something to see and OOOO and Awwww ....

Thank sheneep
Clarksville, Texas, United States
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38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Took the Grandkids here and it was a really nice little aquarium. Everyone really enjoyed it and would go back.

Thank Tracee P
Cedar Hill, Texas
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57 reviews
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Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

I didn't know this place even existed. It's an old art deco building and the displays show it. But for a toddler it's great. The aquarium is small but the staff is very friendly and very good with small kids. The sting ray bay was really exciting for my little one. The parking for the aquarium is free but you... More 

Thank Janie A
Dallas, Texas
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68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 8 July 2016

While many of the animals kept by the Dallas Children's Aquarium at Fair Park are rescues, the conditions in which they are kept are very depressing. For the smaller animals, the small, confining tanks may be appropriate, but for the larger animals, such as sharks and sea turtles, which migrate hundreds of miles a year in the wild, the conditions... More 

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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

This place is great for children. Especially the stingray bay. The children thoroughly enjoyed being able to touch the rays. The albino alligator was enjoyable too. Would thoroughly recommend a day out there too.

Thank Lucas G

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