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Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

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Address: 1462 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210-1010
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+1 469-554-7340
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30

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Great for kids

This aquarium is a little smaller than the other aquariums I have visited in Dallas but it is really kid friendly. My favorite part was the stingrays, you get to feed them!

Reviewed 1 week ago
McKinney, Texas
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McKinney, Texas
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This aquarium is a little smaller than the other aquariums I have visited in Dallas but it is really kid friendly. My favorite part was the stingrays, you get to feed them!

Thank sarahmgalloway78
Fort Worth, Texas
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73 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I took my 6 year old and had a blast. There are lots of things to see and touch and, because its in Fair Park, you can walk to the Science place, Museum of Natural History, and lots of other places.

Thank Sam W
Nantwich, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

My 6 year old granddaughter loved this place. Accessible exhibits, plenty to see, friendly and informative volunteers. Highlight? Stroking the stingrays. She is a timid child but they amused her for a good 30 minutes. Very good value and probably better for small children than the main city aquarium.

1 Thank HMMs
Duncanville, Texas
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I hadn't been to this aquarium in many years and honestly was hesitant to go. It was my sons 8th birthday however and we have always gone to the Dallas World Aquarium in downtown as our birthday tradition. This year funds were a little tight and I just could afford a day at the larger location so off we went.... More 

4 Thank Melissa P
Dallas, Texas
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

This aquarium was meant to be seen at stroller level and is very fitting for kids that age. My 1.5 year old loved walking around on a weekday when there were only a handful of other visitors. It didn't scare her as I expected, not even the eel or sharks. There's a bit more light than typical aquariums. She loved... More 

3 Thank RooibosDrinker
Naples, Florida
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16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

My daughter loved it, they have small animals and fish. The penguin area is lovely. Would Def recommend

Norman, Oklahoma
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Part of a short "adventure" trip for grandchildren. Excellent experience for a minimal price. Only downside is the long walk from (free) parking area. Helpful, friendly staff.wonderful exhibits. Opportunity to see sharks fed....All three grandchildren loved it.

Thank Richard S
Waxahachie, Texas
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

It was perfect for my 1 year old grandson. Most things are in view from a stroller! There was lots of movement in most of the displays so he could spot the various specimens. It is a VERY small exhibit so I wouldn't recommend it for children older than 4 or 5! Many of the displays seemed to be labeled... More 

Thank TLS56852
Austin, Texas
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131 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Took our little ones here for a family vacation, and they really enjoyed themselves as did my boyfriend and his brother. The aquarium can be a bit confusing to locate because it is on the State Fair property but easy enough to find, if you follow the signs. Our oldest son enjoyed feeding the sting rays. He was smitten with... More 

Thank Angelica C
Dallas, Texas
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261 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We went mainly so the kids could feed the stingrays, but this aquarium is the right size for younger kids to explore. Recommended!

Thank SuziQinTexas

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