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Dallas World Aquarium
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrThe Dallas World Aquarium is a privately owned aquarium and zoo in downtown Dallas, Texas. The remarkable institution is dedicated in the conservation of threatened and endangered marine and terrestrial animals. The aquarium is also a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, participating in several breeding programs with other zoos around the world.
History and ExpansionThe aquarium, owned by millionaire Daryl Richardson, opened to the public in 1992. The first building was an old warehouse at 1801 North Griffin Street and featured Richardson’s private collection of rare species. The aquarium was later expanded to the adjacent building in 1996. The interiors of the warehouse were demolished in order to build the appropriate structures for the exhibits. The alley between the two warehouses served as the channel that separate the aquarium’s freshwater and saltwater ecosystems (which later developed into the Orinoco exhibit). Later in 2000, the vacant lot behind the main building was purchased and was designated to be the location of the Mundo Maya exhibit.
VisitingExploring the Dallas World Aquarium is a fun and exciting experience for the whole family, especially for kids. Unlike other zoos and aquariums in the country, the Dallas World Aquarium houses endangered species in order to provide proper animal care and welfare, in partnership with major conservation organizations from around the world. The operating hours of the Dallas World Aquarium is from Monday to Sunday, 10AM – 5PM. The admission fees are as follows:
- Adult (13-64) - $ 21 USD + tax
- Children (2 – 12) – $ 13 USD + tax
- Seniors (65+) – $ 17 USD + tax
- Children under 2 are FREE
- Group admission (15 or more adults) - $ 16 USD + tax, paid by one person only
- Military Admission (photo ID required) - $18.95 + tax
The aquarium features several exhibits, categorized by places of origin.
Mundo MayaMundo Maya is an immersive exhibit of Mayan origin, the 8-story section of the Dallas World Aquarium features a 400,000-gallon cenote or groundwater pit filled with diverse marine creatures from the Yucatán Peninsula . The Mundo Maya also boasts its collection of birds like the Jabiru Stork, the Black and White Hawk Eagle, and the Spectacled Owl.
OrinocoThe Orinoco Rainforest is a man-made aviary that features several kinds of rare birds from South America, to name a few, Saffron Toucanets, Hawk-headed Parrots, and Bare-faced Currasows. Lounging around the treetops are Two-toed Sloths and other forest-dwelling animals. The Orinoco of the Dallas World Aquarium is also the only place in the United States that features a public display of the rare Three-toed Sloths.
AquariumThe aquarium gallery is a 20,000-gallon walk-through tunnel that houses several coral reef and kelp forest ecosystems. Different variants of Indo-Pacific fish and sharks swim freely in this area. The tunnel is one of the most photographed section of the entire attraction.
BorneoAustralasian birds and other wildlife from Borneo and Southeast Asia can all be seen at this unique exhibit. Rare species like the Moluccan Cockatoo endemic to the islands of Indonesia, Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo from New Guinea, and Blue Penguins from Southern Australia are all featured here.
South AfricaThe gallery houses several rare reptiles and amphibians endemic to the island of Madagascar. The exhibit is also where guests can see Black-footed Penguins, different species of chameleons, and African birds.
Dining and SouvenirsAfter checking out the exhibits, tourists can enjoy and relax at the aquarium’s several dining options. The Eighteen-o-One located at the first level serves International cuisines from Mexico, Australia, Indonesia, and others. The Café Maya at the third level (Mundo Maya) offers a wide selection of entrees, appetizers, and soups. Lastly, the Jungle Café at the third level (Rainforest) has different selections of snacks, ranging from sandwiches to Mexican favorites.
The Dallas World Aquarium Gift Shop has its own collection of exciting gift items and souvenirs, including animal plushies and educational books. Aquarium members get a 10% discount on every purchase.
Getting ThereThe Dallas World Aquarium is located at 1801 North Griffin Street. Tourists can either take a taxi cab from anywhere in the city to the aquarium or ride a DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) Rail to the West End Station, which is only a few blocks away. The rail routes / lines that you can ride are the Red Line, Blue, Green, and Orange Line to West End Station.
From downtown Fort Worth, you can ride a TRE (Trinity Rail Express) going to Union Station. Upon arriving at Victory Station, get off and transfer to the DART Green Line heading to West End Station. When you reach the Dallas World Aquarium, present your transportation receipt and get a $ 1.00 USD off the admission fee.
Tourists can also drive to the aquarium by following a GPS or checking Google Maps. The establishment doesn’t have its own designated parking spaces. Parking is available at several parking lots around the attraction, rates for parking usually go about $ 3.00 USD to $ 8.00 USD .
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Author: radiantan. Last updated: Jan 18, 2015