Austin Aquarium in Austin, TX

13530 N. Hwy 183 Austin , TX 78750
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Overview

Escape into the wilderness and take a stroll through the Austin Aquarium! Learn about the wonders of marine life, see thousands of aquatic animal species, and enjoy interactive activities that will keep the whole family entertained; such as up-close and personal encounters with many reptiles and creatures! The Austin Aquarium is the perfect way to see how life is like under the sea.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Austin Travel Experts
  • Family-friendly.
  • The average time spent inside the Aquarium is 1 hour.
  • The Austin Aquarium has thousands of species including reptiles, warm and cold fish, various exotic birds, and so much more. It’s fun for kids and adults alike!

Description

from Austin Aquarium
The Austin Aquarium welcomes the whole family to enjoy the unique interactive experiences found within, where everyone can discover the world beneath the ocean's surface.

Guests are encouraged to hand feed sharks, rays, birds and fish, or to get up close and personal with many of the reptiles and other animals on exhibit. Above all, the Austin Aquarium promotes education through an interactive experience in a comfortable environment. With over 8,000 living animals representing habitats from the Oregon shores to remote Indonesian Islands, the experience will instill respect and awe for our rich aquatic resources.

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glennroid
Austin, TX
"Really great experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2020 NEW
Update January 2020: Had a marvelous visit with 3 young grandkids. Misty at the front was exceptionally nice to us and the kids when we went in. The parakeet room was amazing too. You sit with a small cup of millet in an aviary of about 100 parakeets. They land all over you and squabble for feeding rights some time. This is the first time either of these kids ever touched a bird and they loved the experience. The attendant, Mark, is obviously a bird lover and was nice, helpful and informative. January 2018: This place is amazing. Although a bit small, and not perfectly maintained (I'm sure the staff get paid the big-bucks), the interactivity of this place sets it apart from any aquarium I've ever visited. It's not cheap, but we bought tickets online and might have saved a little. Went with 2 adults, a 15 year old, a 6 and 8 year old. The amazing thing about this place is that you can touch and feed a lot of different animals. The Manta Rays came right up to you and almost climbed out of their tank for krill. The Kois splashed us they were so eager for feeding. The 8 year old only threw the food at the small sharks, he didn't want to get too close. For myself and the 15 year old, the birds were the best. We first bought (with tokens) food for Lorikeets. These beautiful, rainbow colored birds, are about twice the size of a parakeet. The very helpful handler brought out a small cup of a nectar-like liquid that they apparently love, with a bird on each hand. When she handed us each a bird and food, others quickly landed on our arms to feed. These birds were surprisingly heavy, but relatively polite to us and each other. One stood on my shoulder and screeched in my ear. Both of us were really fascinated with this experience. I didn't even mind getting pooped on (on both knees). The handler got me paper towels to wipe it off. Then we went into the parakeet cage with my 6 year old. The parakeets were not nearly as polite as the bigger birds. Once we each had a cup of seed, they were all over us, buzzing right in front of our faces and climbing all over our arms and occasionally my head. The 6 year old couldn't take it and dropped her food immediately. I got another cup from the handler and had two hands full of birds. The 6 year old was scared but managed to stay for a while. The birds weren't bothering her, she didn't have any food for them. They would fight each other for sole possession of the cup of food. One white guy was fearless in protecting his cup. The 15 year old and I loved the feeling of having these birds all over us. At one point, a spectator called a "real birdman" when I had birds all over me. That experience was really fun. The little ones had snacks and small toys for a nice gift shop. Although the hand washing stations were often out of paper towels, the floor was wet in some areas, and the place was far from perfect. It was also really fun. The staff were very young, but exceptionally nice. Although the outing was a bit on the expensive side, it was well worth it and I'd highly recommend this for anyone, any age.
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tashaz2013
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
"Fun interactive activity for children"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2020 NEW
I have been here multiple times with my young children. They have a great time every time we come. It is great that they can interact with the animals by touching and feeding them. The people that work there are also very friendly and helpful and encourage interactions between the children and the animals. I highly recommend this as a family activity.
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mlfralick
Austin, Texas
"Very Interactive!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 12, 2020 NEW
This is a wonderful place for kids of any age to interact with animals and sea life. From petting snakes, iguanas and bunnies to feeding the birds, sharks, and sting rays... this experience is unique. We loved seeing the lemurs and otters the most. Kids, you can even take a picture with a mermaid! I highly recommend this place for anyone, especially elementary-aged kids.
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SusanS521
Anchorage, Alaska
"Fun place! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 07, 2020 NEW
This was a fun interactive aquarium. It is definitely a great place to take your children. It’s not a big aquarium but had some cool stuff. I really enjoyed interacting with the lemurs and feeding the stingrays and birds.
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alkelley78
Cleveland, Ohio
"Interactive aquarium "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 28, 2019 NEW
Skeptical from the looks outside but pleasantly surprised. Staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Loved the interaction with the animals. Went with our 13 and 16 year old kids, spent 1 1/2 hours. By far the highlight was spending time with the Lemurs. We didn’t even know that was possible and was a dream come true for our 13 year old son. That alone was worth the price of admission and tokens we bought.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Austin Aquarium

Is parking provided? If so, what is the fee? 
Parking at the Aquarium is free.

Where is the aquarium it located? 
The Austin Aquarium is located at 13530 N. Hwy 183 #101, Austin, TX 78750.

Is the aquarium appropriate for children? 
The aquarium is for all ages!

Can I leave and re-enter on the same day? 
No, you can not leave and re-enter.

Is the aquarium wheelchair accessible? 
Yes, the Aquarium is wheelchair accessible.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes, great photo opportunities!

How long does it take to go through the Aquarium?
It takes approximately 1 hour to go through the aquarium.

Can I bring my own food/beverages? 
Outside food and beverages aren’t allowed.

Can I bring my pet? 
No pets allowed.

What are the hours of operation?
Daily | 10:00am – 8:00pm
Thanksgiving | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Christmas Eve | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Christmas | CLOSED
New Years Eve | 10:00am – 4:00pm
New Years Day | 12:00am – 6:00pm