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Dive into Discovery: A Day at the Dallas World Aquarium

In our day and age, you can explore the wonders of the world right in the middle of your city. Here in the cultural hub of Dallas, Texas, there is so much to learn and see from around the globe. The Dallas World Aquarium is one of those destinations that will delight your curiosity. Just a 13-minute drive from our historic Dallas bed and breakfast, a trip to this aquarium is perfect for both couples and families looking to make their visit to Dallas memorable. 

Read on to learn more about the aquarium’s fantastic exhibits, educational programs, and parking information. Experience all that Dallas offers, and don’t forget to say hi to the fish! 

Sea turtle is swimming in aquarium tank.

Getting to the Dallas World Aquarium

In Dallas West End, the Dallas World Aquarium is surrounded by many attractions, including museums, parks, and the Trinity River, which is only a few blocks away. If you travel without a car or do not drive during your stay with us, public transportation is very easy from our bed and breakfast. Simply hop on the 009 bus at the bus stop located at the corner of Gaston and Fitzhugh, a two-minute walk northeast.  

Otherwise, the drive is only three miles in length. There is a large parking lot owned by the aquarium next door. If the lot is full, parking is available in surrounding and city-operated meters. Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft are also good options and are readily available in our area. 

Explore the Exhibits in the Dallas World Aquarium

Learn about the wonders of the world all within a single block in the heart of Dallas! Below are the exhibits on display at the Dallas World Aquarium. 

Cloud Forest Trek 

Opened in July 2020, the Cloud Forest Trek attraction includes a 25’ high and 52’ wide LED screen extending through the exhibit. The screen portrays images of the clouds of the Columbian rainforest – you’ll feel like you’re flying! Innovative display technology is embedded within the live jungle foliage, and the exhibit features animals native to South America. 

Mundo Maya

The Dallas World Aquarium is more than just a home to hundreds of sea creatures. It is also home to hundreds of birds, reptiles, mammals, and plants galore. The Mundo Maya exhibit is multi-level. The upper level showcases tall overhead vegetation and brightly colored birds native to Central America. Visit the pools in the center of the exhibit and watch sting rays swim about gracefully. On the lower level, you will spot vibrant frogs and rare snakes. Don’t be afraid of the sharks in the Cenote pool – they won’t bite! 

Orinoco Rainforest

This elaborate exhibit is split into three stories to depict the layers of the rainforest. You will enter the aquatic habitat on Level One. Look out for sea turtles, octopi, and penguins. Level Two demonstrates the understory of the rainforest. Toucans, crocodiles, otters, and the not-so-scary vampire bat are all found here. Level Three is the canopy – it’s all about looking up! You may hear howler monkeys giving their loud call from across the exhibit. Look for any subtle movements of the three-toed sloth. 

The Aquarium

Some of the most spectacular sites are found in the Aquarium exhibit, which is accessed through the first floor of the Orinoco Rainforest exhibit. Walk underneath hammerhead and great white sharks. Look up close at the sawtooth fish and the manatees. The immersive design of the Aquarium exhibit will make your trip unforgettable. 

Entrance to the Dallas World Aquarium — in the West End Historic District of Downtown Dallas. photo by Jay R Simonson - Wikipedia.

Saving Species: Conservation Initiatives

The Dallas World Aquarium greatly focuses on its conservation efforts in Central and South America. Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Brazil are nations that the Dallas World Aquarium partners with. The aquarium’s efforts include giving animals sanctuary, rehabilitation, and release back into the wild. DWA offers technology and medical supplies to conservation groups and wildlife refuges in these countries to aid in preserving the fragile ecosystems of their rainforests.  

In 2017, DWA successfully released an Amazonian manatee back into the wild near Iquitos, Peru. Ongoing breeding efforts at DWA include creating viable eggs for mating African penguins to secure the continuation of this endangered species. Don’t forget to check them out on your next visit to Dallas! 

Educational Programs

The Dallas World Aquarium prides itself on educating the public. It understands the value for every visitor when they learn not just about the creatures and where they come from but also the reasons they are there and the importance of conserving diverse habitats, species, and cultures represented at DWA. 

The aquarium offers guided tours and talks for all visitors. Interactive experiences are offered to kids, including animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, and more. DWA offers a free curriculum for anyone looking to take a deeper dive into the plethora of knowledge within the aquarium. It is also suited for adults! Anyone who enters the aquarium is sure to learn something new. Carry a copy when you bring your loved ones to stay with us. 

After Your Dallas World Aquarium Visit

Once you leave the exhibits, keep the fun going by checking out the DWA gift shop. Take home a memorable souvenir like a manatee plushie, a DWA hat for those hot Texas days, or a unique piece of art to display back at home. 

Beyond your visit to the aquarium, stop by one of the many delicious restaurants in downtown Dallas. Right in between The Gaston and the Dallas World Aquarium is Brick & Bones, where fried chicken is their specialty. The casual setting makes for a lively dining experience. For something a little fancier, head north of our bed and breakfast to the Garden Cafe. Their on-site kitchen garden provides fresh vegetables and herbs in many of their dishes.  

For mornings on the town, there is no shortage of delectable Dallas coffee shops. Our favorite one is La La Land Kind Cafe, whose Lower Greenville location is only 5 minutes from The Gaston. Try their colorful matcha lattes paired with sweet and savory toast options. 

Make The Big D Memorable

We cannot wait to welcome you when you stay with us at our boutique bed and breakfast. Come explore the world right here in our city. For a seamless experience, we encourage you to plan ahead to learn about all the fun things to do in Dallas. In addition to the Dallas World Aquarium, you and your loved ones can go on a historic walking tour in the city or join a pub crawl through Dallas’s famous haunted sites. 

Stay with us at The Gaston, and we will help make your next Dallas getaway fun and unforgettable. Call to reserve your stay now. See you soon! 

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