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Austin Aquarium, Austin

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  • The staff at the Aquarium was wonderful, and so helpful. We went right when they opened, and most children were back in school after Christmas break, so it was not crowded. I think the grandchildren (...  more »
  • It is the only aquarium in town and god for children and birthday parties. Food is children's entertainment style. I was htere for my grandson's birthday . All of the children and adults had a good ti...  more »
  • There was a lot of hands on touching of the animals here. I got to touch not only fish but also star fish, stingrays, turtles, and an iguana. There is also the option to feed them for a charge. There ...  more »
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  • This place is really fun. Lots of interactions with animals, though feeding them costs money. It's not too horribly priced for an aquarium attraction like this. It is weird because you pull up to it and it's like a store front next to a salvation army rather than a stand alone attraction. Snacks seem reasonably priced. The staff is really knowledgeable. We had a blast. If I lived nearby I'd get a membership.
  • First of all two of us for 30 dollars, adults....ten minutes in we were afraid that we were already half way through the situation. By situation we mean that animals were in captivity. The interaction they promised is more like the fish... Birds... Lizards.. snakes. All seemed to be saying save me. They over populate small tanks. There were no large tanks. There were no touch breaks. I've never seen fish act so desperate for food. They charge YOU to feed the fish. And you can tell the captives know who has the goods. It's stinky and despicable and should no longer exist. So we we're done in 20 minutes. Grossed out, feeling sad actually that we paid money towards something we have never if we knew what it was. So all the screaming kids touching all the animals giving Mom a break.... That could not wash their hands because the sinks were out of order. All screaming kids that proceed to touch... Touched me. All we felt was bad. We didn't complain or ask for our money back. We felt mute and knew so would be the point. As the families flocked in....plus it's in a strip mall. Save your money, it use to be a clothing store I'm sure.... Just go to half Price books you will have more fun, at least they don't have toilets that smell like fish and animal poop. FYI.,. don't spend your money there. Also, half of the aquarium is retail... So just saying don't do it!
  • First, a big big shout out to Alex and Zora for making our day trip to the aquarium spectacular and very interactive. I've seen some reviews that say it's not big enough. We spent the better part of an hour and a half here. While it's not enormous, it's *very* well made and if you take the time to enjoy and get excited about the animals, you can get your money's worth here too! This place is spectacular and well worth a date or a day trip to. If you speak with someone early on, you can also feed and interact with Hank, the octopus. I held his suckers and fed him a shrimp. I mean it. Also, not something I ever thought I'd write on a Google review.
  • This aquarium is only okay compared to other places I've been like the Dallas World Aquarium and the one near South Padre Island. Even Zoos I've been to around Texas had better aquatic attractions than this place. I would still recommend going just to experience what they have to offer and decide for yourself. Here's some details about my experience. + Family friendly - Somewhat difficult to find. It's located in a strip mall in between a restaurant and a Salvation Army resale shop. - It smells bad, but that's not uncommon in places with aquatic/avian attractions. + Decent prices. Students get a discount. My mom, who is a teacher, got in free. +/- You can buy food to feed the animals, but it's pricey. - It's small, poorly lit, and has a somewhat unclean look and feel to it. If you're looking for an amazing experience I'd suggest another aquarium but if you're looking for a budget outing for the family this place works.
  • My mother bought us an annual pass as a gift, and it has more than paid for itself! The staff is always so friendly (seriously, we have never met even a slightly grumpy person there). They have always spoken directly to our kids and patiently answered any questions they might have. They might be a little small, but they have more interactive exhibits than most of the bigger aquariums we have been to. Every time we go, there is a new thing happening. Mermaids here, face painting there. And you can even bring your own food in! Every time we visit, they have added even the littlest of improvements. It is definitely one of our happy places😍 Thanks Austin Aquarium, you are one of our favorite TX hot spots!!!!

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