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The Dallas World Aquarium is an exciting destination. As you approach you are immediately aware something is different!
Hot bright Dallas, suddenly becomes filled with speckled sunlight flickering through broad leafed vegetation. The pavement is ten degrees cooler, the sound of water rustles through the air and you immediately know, adventure awaits! It’s the Dallas World Aquarium, nestled away in downtown Dallas and close to the wonderful restaurants at the family West End Dallas destination!
The first stop is the canopy of a South American rainforest filled with rare and indigenous plants and animals. The path leads past monkeys, Giant river otters, many species of toucans and Orinoco crocodiles. The River exhibit allows for an underwater glimpse of Antillean manatees, huge turtles and Arapaima.
The Aquarium portion contains 85,000 gallons of saltwater, including a 22,000 gallon walk-through tunnel. Wrasses, Japanese spider crabs and rare Leafy seadragons are some of the intriguing marine life.
Black-footed penguins entertain in an outdoor South African lagoon, while Fairy penguins can be seen swimming in their pool on the second level of the Mundo Maya exhibit.
The path ascends into the Mundo Maya exhibit with the “tree of life” towering overhead.
Dallas World Aquarium History and Location
An old warehouse at 1801 North Griffin Street, near the Historic West End District in downtown Dallas, became the original site of The Dallas World Aquarium, opening to the public in October 1992. Built in 1924, the empty warehouse had been occupied until 1982. During those years it was used for various industries, including the Mohawk Rubber Company and Pioneer Steel Rule and Die.
The adjacent building at 1815 North Griffin was purchased in 1996. Built in 1929 as a warehouse for the storage of rubber goods, it was later used by a Venetian blind company in the early 50s and lastly prior to the aquarium’s expansion, as a restaurant/bar known as “Tejano Rodeo.”
As with the first building, the interior was completely demolished, leaving only the brick walls and support structure. The alley between the two buildings became the “channel” between the freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. The ORINOCO – Secrets of the River opened to the public in October 1997.
The vacant lot at 1814 Laws Street (behind 1801 North Griffin) was purchased in May 2000 for the first newly constructed portion of the facility. Construction on the Mundo Maya exhibit started in April 2002 and opened to the public in August 2004.
The Dallas World Aquarium has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1997 and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) since 2000.
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
(All major credit cards accepted)
1801 North Griffin St.
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214 720 2224
Parking is slightly less expensive in the lots to the North of the one directly across from the DWA entrance.