Austin Aquarium in Austin, TX

13530 N. Hwy 183 Austin , TX 78750
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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!


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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"Good way to burn an hour with small kids when weather doesn't cooperate"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2019
We went on spur of the moment decision, I expected "enhanced PetSmart" given the size and location. But it was neat: the fish displays were very nice, the amount of sea horses surprised me as well as the variety and mix of the fish, the option to interact with lemur (and see them up close) unique, to step into aviaries and let all the parakeets and exotic birds pretty much surround you (yes, you can feed them) and sit on you, tons of lizards, iguanas, ducks and all kind of little water creature was fun. My 5 year old had a blast from all the animal interaction (yeah, and petting stigrays), they even have in a corner a little playscape so you can rest while the kiddos burn some energy. I would say it is a nice fun place to visit for families with small kids, to burn 1-2 hours when the weather doesn't cooperate (too hot or cold) to play outside. My only comment to the people who run it: you can put there even more signs as to which animal is which one. Thank you
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Austin, Texas
"We'll go back! "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2019
We are local and had never been, but what a fun afternoon. Our favorite was feeding the animals. Come dressed to get a little splashed, maybe even have a bird land on you. We used a Groupon and would do it again!
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"Do not be fooled by size!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 02, 2019
There is so much to do here.There is a system where you buy tokens to feed animals birds,fish,stingrays,sharks.The giant squid is amazing.I would reccomend this
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Cleveland, Ohio
"Chucky Cheese with fish"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 26, 2019
This has no business being called an "Aquarium". My wife and I should have turned around when we saw that it was in a strip mall, but decided to go in as we had nothing else planned for the afternoon. 15 minutes and $35 dollars later we had toured the entire facility and cursed our decision to give it a try. The meager offering of aquatic life is crammed into small tanks and the layout is designed exclusively to cater to birthday parties for young children (a large portion of the facility is cafeteria and parents were running to and fro with stacks of pizza boxes). The only potentially redeeming quality is it did have a few interactive exhibits, one of which was an area to play with Lemurs - though that was not open while we were there.
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Clayton, North Carolina
"small but good"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2019
I had some time before my flight, so I went here. The aquarium is in a strip mall next to a Goodwill thrift shop. They do have some good stuff to see.
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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