Run by Texas State University, The Meadows Center (formerly Aquarena) introduces visitors to the lush diversity of the San Marcos Springs and intricate system of waterways. Glass-bottomed boats set out for guided tours of Spring Lake, gazing at the aquatic life and University midterm papers below. Above the springs that bubble up from the bottom, soft shell turtles and bluegill sunfish swim in the clear waters and songbirds survey the sky. Eight endangered species populate the springs, including beetles and two species of salamander. On land, visitors can explore gardens of native Texan plants or a hall of nature exhibit.
Dive into the wondrous world of dolphins, anemones, and piranhas when you visit The Fish Gallery in Austin.
Every great place has a restaurant on the side. When you come to this aquarium, it's no different.
Bring the whole clan to this aquarium — kids and parents will love the ambience here.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Looking for an aquatic adventure into the deep blue sea? Be sure to come visit The Fish Gallery in Austin.
The San Antonio Aquarium collects thousands of animals hailing from the shores of Oregon to the Indonesian Islands. Sharks and rays glide through the shallow water of interactive petting tanks, where visitors can touch their surprisingly soft skin. Lorikeets, toucans, and macaws soar above exhibits filled with exotic amphibians and reptiles in the rain forest area. One exhibit even contains a Giant Pacific Octopus, known to be one of the most intelligent animals in the wild for its ability to solve puzzles and look really studious in glasses. Friday thru Sunday Mermaids are there to interact with guests. Perfect for that selfie photo.
The entire facility is designed to appeal to children and families as a whole. The owners take a particular interest in giving children joy, especially foster children. They themselves hosted 31 foster children in their time, and now provide them with a thrilling––and free––experience at their aquarium.
Immerse yourself in the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld San Antonio. Experience up-close sea life interactions and dive into the world beneath the waves. For totally new experiences, head for SeaWorld’s breathtaking coastal-themed bottlenose dolphin habitat, Discovery Point. View beautiful bottlenose dolphins above the surface or below at the park’s new underwater viewing area, or get nose to bottlenose swimming with these amazing marine mammals. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring educational show, Killer Whales: Up Close, featuring Shamu, and learn about the majestic animals’ adaptations, habitats and behaviors. Round out your aquatic adventure with our one-of-a-kind attractions for all ages like Pacific Point Preserve and the thrilling Great White and Steel Eel coasters.
More than 500 animals inhabit the grounds at Capital of Texas Zoo, a haven for wildlife education and a breeding ground for more than 14 endangered species. The zoo's residents include zebras, ringtail lemurs, and a rare white tiger, not to be confused with a ghost tiger. Other appearances from the animal kingdom include peacocks, kangaroos, turtles, lions, and brand-new dingo babies.
Educational animal shows highlight a specific member of the zoo, such as the Wings show, which stars eurasian eagle owl Hedwig, who has made appearances on Late Show with David Letterman and in the movie Furry Vengeance. The zoo also takes to the road with traveling animal shows that involve a cast of six exotic reptiles, mammals, and birds, which makes appearances at birthday parties, schools, or events. With lessons catered to the age of the audience, the animals teach children to respect other living things and remind adults why they can’t keep falcons as pets.