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
  • Experience thousands of species and interactive exhibits.
  • Family friendly and fun for all ages!
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Allow approximately 1.5 to 2 hours for your tour.
  • Featured exhibits include a wide variety of amphibians, lorikeets, a parakeet aviary, and a variety of cold water and tropical fish including sharks and stingrays.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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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Susanna T
San Antonio, Texas
"Great one time experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2020
Bought tickets on Groupon for four at 41.93 then bought 25 tokens for 63.00 kind of expensive for what you get my kids did the kikajou encounter and got to feed them for 8 tokens each then the three of us did the red lemurs for 4 tokens each both 5 minute encounters they do not let you stay in there more than that still a once in a lifetime experience so thank you guys for that we did get free food for the stingrays and were able to feed the tucans for free as well the only thing I did not like was during covid there was absolutely no social distancing only saw one adult with no mask the employees had on flimsy masks or not wearing them correctly
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474fred
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"very disappointing"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 30, 2020
Located in a small difficult to get to strip mall. Really not an aquarium as there are birds, lizards, snakes and lemurs with scattered fish displays which are uniformally very poorly labeled. The labels are electronic, tiny and either too low or too high to read. Also don't fit the frame so part of the name and description is not visible. A number turn over so fast you don't get a chance to read them. a few were blank. A number of fish displays are not described at all, for example, the sharks, the rays, the reef tanks. Did not learn much. There are too many lemurs to a cage, the birds have more space. Although encouraged to wash hands often we found one wash basin and hand sanitizers were difficult to find. if there were more basins, they were not obvious. Fine for small children but otherwise don't waste your money; it's not an aquarium.
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Ken S
Loveland, Colorado
"Great For Animal Lovers"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 25, 2020
This is a must-see destination for Austin animal lovers. For my money, the interactive mammal exhibits are the star of the show. It was fun watching ring-tailed lemurs crawl all over my kids. :-)
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533trishs
"Great way to spend an afternoon"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 07, 2020
Spent a whole afternoon here. Enjoyed the interactions. The staff was amazingly friendly and helpful. They shared facts and stories about the animals.
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glennroid
Austin, TX
"Really great experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2020
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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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 located? 
The Austin Aquarium is located at 13530 N. Hwy 183 #101, Austin, Texas 78750.

Is the aquarium appropriate for children? 
The aquarium is family friendly and appropriate 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, there are many great photo opportunities.

How long does it take to go through the Aquarium?
It takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to tour the Aquarium.

Can I bring my own food/beverages? 
Outside food and beverages are permitted in Austin Aquarium's concessions area. Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are not permitted anywhere on Aquarium property.

Can I bring my pet? 
Pets are not permitted in the Aquarium, but service animals are always welcome. Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. Please note that emotional-support therapy, comfort, and companion animals are not considered service animals under the ADA and may not be brought into the Aquarium. Pets may not be left unattended in the parking lot or your vehicle.

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