Planning to spend spring break in Dallas this year? Whether you're taking a trip to Dallas or simply enjoying a fun staycation, no week in Dallas would be complete without a fun outing to the Dallas World Aquarium.
Visitors of all ages are wowed and delighted at this unique Dallas gem, which makes you feel as if you've taken a trip to the Mayan jungle. When you enter this magical place, you'll be amazed that you're still within the Dallas city limits.
Explore a variety of pathways to see hundreds of animal species and plants, and bring your camera to document your jungle safari!
Napoleon wrasse at the Dallas World Aquarium — Photo courtesy of Dallas World Aquarium
Visitors could spend all day in the Mundo Maya exhibit. You'll meander through the different climates and Mayan Yucatan regions to see rare Antillean manatees swimming gracefully, vehicle-sized giant catfish, crocodiles, sea turtles and frolicking otters.
Watch hundreds of bright pink flamingos splash and play in the pool created by a 40-foot waterfall, and see how the majestic stingrays glide through the water.
Some of the most popular sights to see in the Mundo Maya exhibit are the live Mayan drum and dance performances (You can even meet the performers and take photos with them.); the 400,000-gallon shark tank and tunnel (in which you walk through while surrounded by sharks!); and the always awesome jaguars.
As if those exhibits themselves aren't exciting enough by themselves, visitors also have the opportunity to meet free-roaming New World monkeys, birds and a sloth in the Orinoco area!
Another exciting exhibit at the Dallas World Aquarium is the South Africa area, which allows visitors to get up close to penguins and even participate in daily scheduled penguin feedings!
The regular hours at the Dallas World Aquarium are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets range from $14.95 for children ages two to 12 to $20.95 for ages 13 and up. Kids under the age of two get in for free. And since the Dallas World Aquarium has paved pathways throughout, it's very stroller-friendly.
There are a handful of snack shops between exhibits, and three onsite cafes serve a variety of both American cuisine and international cuisine like Mexican, Indian and English food. Some of the cafes even offer wine and beer for parents!
During spring break week, the Dallas World Aquarium will be very busy, so arrive early and allow extra time for seeing all of the exhibits. Because this Dallas attraction is located primarily indoors, it's the perfect place for unexpected rainy days, too.