For a fun and educational family-friendly activity, head for the Austin Aquarium. Highlights include interactive exhibits and diverse animals on view—from stingrays and macaws to coatimundis and sharks. Nature enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the reptiles in the “rain forest,” and young scientists love watching the daily feedings.
Home to thousands of species and must-see exhibits, such as coral displays and touch tanks, the Austin Aquarium offers visitors of all ages an engaging, hands-on science experience. To save time at the entrance, buy your admission tickets online in advance.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Austin Aquarium is a perfect rainy-day destination.
Educators and foster children enjoy free entry to the aquarium.
For a special party, consider booking a princess makeover or a visit from one of the aquarium’s mermaids.
How to Get There
The Austin Aquarium is located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Downtown Austin. Public transit options are limited, so the most convenient way to get there is by car. Take the US-183 highway, and exit toward Anderson Mill Road. The aquarium lies just ahead.
When to Get There
The aquarium is open Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 7pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm. For fewer crowds, go early in the week or on Saturday or Sunday before lunchtime, since the aquarium is busiest on weekend afternoons.
Taking Part in Morning Rounds
Budding scientists can participate in Morning Rounds, an event where guests follow the husbandry staff as they check on the animals and make sure the aquarium is operating properly. Though the event is designed for kids over age 8, parents also appreciate the chance to learn how the aquarium works, from the filtration systems to animal food preparation. Be sure to book advance tickets to Morning Rounds—aquarium admission is included in the price.
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