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Austin Aquarium, Austin

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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2.3/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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  • This facility is in a strip mall. We weren't sure if it was an aquarium or fish store until we walked up to it. It's smallish but seems good for small kids. There's a party area in the back part and t...  read more »
  • I recently went to the Austin Aquarium and was very satisfied. Amy who works the front desk was very helpful and accommodating. Would go back for sure. 
  • Yes it is the smallest aquarium we've ever been to, but perfect for small children. Our kids ranged from 1 year old to 14 years old and all had a good time and want to go back. Lots of freedom to expe...  read more »
  • We had such a great experience at the Austin Aquarium! My kids had a blast and the atmosphere was very pleasant. It's the most interactive aquarium I've ever been too and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone of all ages! Amy was incredibly helpful and such a joy to be around! The customer service that was provided by her was impeccable! We ended up getting an annual pass before leaving because we want to come back regularly!
  • If you are expecting a huge, large city type aquarium then you will be disappointed. This is very different, but still great in its own way. I would call it the Austin Children's aquarium if it were up to me. It is an interactive experience where most of the exhibits can be fed, which is really cool. You have to pay for the food, but it is not too expensive.
  • We took our family members to the Austin Aquarium for an air conditioned outing to escape the heat. We were VERY disappointed with our entire experience. To start off we were greeted with unhappy, lackluster employees who did not seem happy to be there at all. Upon entry to the exhibits it was immediately evident we had made a mistake paying to come into this attraction. The tanks holding the fish and animals were filthy. In fact, most the place looks like it hasn't been cleaned properly in years. The child play area which was located in a dingy corner was absolutely disgusting, with at least a quarter of an inch of dust on everything and a huge spider web drapped over everything. There is no way I would have allowed my child to play on it. I felt extremely bad for the animals that were forced to live in such conditions. We will definitely not be going back to the Austin Aquarium, not suggesting it to our guests. We would rather drive 3 hours to Dallas to visit an Aquarium worth money. Do not have high expectations of this place if you decide to go.
  • Met the sweetest mermaid here who painted my face! Was super friendly. Definitely will never forget the magical experience mikayla gave me! Thank you hun!
  • Easily the worst aquarium I have been to yet. While the staff is professional and courteous, the real issue I had while visiting the Austin Aquarium was the care and maintenance (or lack thereof) of the aquariums. After looking at just one aquarium (the first tank walking in on your left) I was immediately shocked with the lack of oceanic chemistry. The shrimps and Blenny's in the tank were almost comatose, and were not offered adequate shelter to thrive in a reef system. Also, the tank was covered in Cyanobacteria, which is caused in reef aquariums by either inadequate flow, excessive nutrients (overcrowding or over feeding), or older lights. This is a HUGE red flag in regards to the care of these creatures. The Cyanobacteria was so bad it was beginning to grow on the shrimp. Additionally, multiple (fish only) tanks were overcrowded and filled with algae, which consumes oxygen in the water, decreasing the ability for the fish ( or sharks) to thrive in closed systems. Another issue I noticed was the clarity of almost every tank was completely sub par. Whether this is caused by a lack of filtration, or allowing guests to place their hands in the tanks is anyone's guess. While there were many other issues, these were the most glaring issues, and were recurring throughout all saltwater systems in this aquarium. One positive note was a mixed reef tank in the back left contained coral that displayed multiple corals with bright exotic colors, and clearly had the consistent water chemistry needed to create a thriving reef aquarium. BOTTOM LINE: I refuse to spend another dollar at this aquarium while the current conditions remain. The people who run these aquariums are clearly more worried about their livestock being able to LIVE, when their focus should be on allowing their creatures to THRIVE. I look forward to the owners response as to why the aquarium believes it is acceptable to maintain such a strong disregard for adequate systems for these fish to live.
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