A few weeks ago we took a spontaneous family trip to the Dallas World Aquarium. I had been before when I was a kid, but we hadn’t gotten around to taking Braylee there yet.
She is 2 1/2 now so we figured it was a good age for her to walk around and see all of the animals at the aquarium.
Dallas World Aquarium
I was super surprised by the amount of animals that were there. It features way more than just fish which is what I typically think of when I think of an aquarium. There were all sorts of birds, reptiles, monkeys, and even a jaguar!
When you first enter the building there are birds to see while you are waiting to pay for entry which is really nice for antsy kids who don’t like to wait in line.
Then you can enter the main area of the aquarium which features and rainforest type feel. There is a waterfall and trees at the top which have monkeys climbing up and down. Then below the trees is a large water tank which has all kinds of fish, ducks, and a manatee inside. When you get to the lower floors of the aquarium you can see into the tank underwater.
The penguin exhibit was a favorite for little B because she loves the movie Happy Feet right now! It was fun to watch the penguins dive and swim into the water too.
The actual aquarium exhibit contained many different types of fish…including “Dory and Nemo”. Which was obviously exciting for the little ones. There is also an octopus and jellyfish to see in this area!
These are just the highlights of what we loved at the Dallas World Aquarium! There was much more including restaurants, feedings, and educational talks! It took us a few hours to get through the whole aquarium and was the perfect Sunday outing for my family.
What to Bring to the Aquarium
We brought along the stroller just in case, but Braylee didn’t use it at all. She walked the entire time, but it was nice to have the stroller to hold drinks, jackets, the diaper bag, etc.
We did bring our own water. I don’t know if you can bring your own lunches or drinks because I can’t find that info online, but no one said anything to us when we walked in with the water bottle.
I would wear comfortable shoes and have your kids do the same. The aquarium is fairly large and you will be walking for quite a while. It is pretty humid inside, at least in the rainforest part. I was wearing a jacket outdoors and took it off while we were inside of the aquarium.
We used the restrooms at the beginning of the aquarium so that we wouldn’t need to find one halfway through. They do provide a map at the entrance of the aquarium so that you can make sure you hit all of the exhibits before you leave.
We had so much fun and would highly recommend the Dallas World Aquarium for a fun family outing!