An aquarium visit soothes the soul with visions of ambling fish and bubbling tanks that make us nostalgic for the gestation pods in which all human life begins. Come full circle with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $17.75 for full-day admission for two (a $29.90 value)
- $32 for full-day admission for four (a $59.80 value)
- $79 for a one-year family membership (a $139.95 value)
The Austin Aquarium does not officially open until November 2013, but family memberships—valid for two adults and up to three children—grant exclusive early access for ten days before the general-public opening. Members also receive perks such as a 10% discount on gift-shop purchases, group events, and and sleep overs. At all times, children under two and foster children of any age receive free admission.
Though the Austin Aquarium spans a mere 22,000 square feet, its exhibits encompass marine habitats from around the world, housing more than 3,000 species from Oregon to Indonesia in its tanks, aquariums, and aviaries. Among the activities, visitors can feel the skin of rays, hear the barks of fur seals from Uruguay, or tempt birds or younger siblings with handfuls of seed. One of the biggest enclosures houses several Asian small-clawed otters, who tumble, play, and swim with their peers in one of the largest colonies in captivity in the world. The aquarium also hosts behind-the-scenes tours and sleepovers in which kids can get a glimpse into the ocean at night, when even the mightiest sharks cower in fear from plankton's elongated shadows.