San Antonio Aquarium in San Antonio, TX

6320 Bandera RoadSan Antonio, TX 78238
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Overview

Snorkel with stingrays or feed the sharks during your animal encounters at the San Antonio Aquarium. There's plenty of fun for everyone including a bounce house area for kids. This aquarium is home to thousands of species including reptiles and exotic birds. No matter what the occasion, come visit the many cool creatures.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Antonio Travel Experts
  • The San Antonio Aquarium has thousands of species including reptiles, warm and cold fish, various exotic birds, and more.
  • Fun for kids and adults alike.
  • 1 hour is the average time spent in the aquarium.
  • Guests can feed sharks, rays, birds, and fish.

Description

from San Antonio Aquarium
The San Antonio 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, San Antonio 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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Livenlife777
San Antonio, Texas
"First time visiting 👍🏽"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 05, 2019 NEW
My son got a free admission through school, went to pay for my ticket and Misty informed me it was for a free adult as well. This was very kind of her and saved us money. Very great costumer service. Then we proceeded in and went to see the sting rays that’s when we met Edward. He was very informative and kind. Really inspired us. He was very nice and gave us a lot of cool information about the animals there. They have so many diverse and cool mammals, endangered animals and fish. This is a must see place for the whole family but especially people who love sting rays an feeding animals, touching, being interactive with the wild. We are signing up for the membership and will be back a couple times a month no doubt. Btw the sloths and freakishly slow.
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melimo1017
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
"It’s a little bizarre - I have to be honest"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 02, 2019 NEW
I’ve seen more than my fair share of zoos and aquariums across the country, both big and small. We decided to bring our younger kids here on a hot day. First, I can’t mince words - this place looks like it used to be a car dealership. Just to level your expectations - this is not a typical big-city aquarium, no Shedd Aquarium here. Think more along the lines of an expanded Sea Life exhibit. We didn’t really know what to expect, but decided to give it a shot. The tickets are not cheap, and there is a strange requirement to purchase additional tokens/coins on top of the ticket price to engage in most activities, with the price about $2 a token. The token thing is a bit of a racket for anyone visiting the first time, in all honesty. They don’t exactly tell you or advertise what you need them for, just that you need like 5 or more or something per person, and if you buy too many, they are non-refundable. There is no chart saying you need one to purchase fish food, four to engage with X animal, etc., so they leave it open to buy way more than what you need. We bought five total for the four of us, and it was fine. There were a few things that we couldn’t experience that I frankly should have been part of the price given the ticket price, like seeing the kangaroos. And $2 for an Easter egg half full of fish food or with a tiny toy inside is not cheap. On a positive note, there is a level of interaction here that little kids just love, particularly the koi tanks, the stingray tank, the lizard room and the llama feeding. My kids could have fed those fish all day. They are obviously doing work on the place - but be aware that it is a little rundown and sad in some parts. The beginning mammals made me initially feel guilty, as they looked just sad. It was clean, and I’ve seen far worse enclosures, but I can’t say that part was in any way enjoyable to see.
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AnonymousInSA
San Antonio, Texas
"Indoor and outdoor family fun in SA"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2019 NEW
The San Antonio Aquarium is not as big as others I have been to;however, it is a nice place to go with the family. They have both indoor and outdoor attractions that include much more than just looking at fish. There are a lot of different types of animals to touch/feel and even feed.
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aarong908
Alamo Heights, Texas
"Wonderful staff!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2019 NEW
I took my 14 and 10 year old daughters to the San Antonio Aquarium and we had a blast! The staff was very helpful and informative. My daughters fed a porcupine, stingrays, iguanas and a gang of birds! I highly recommend it for the family and we will be going back very soon!
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Megan P
Honolulu, Hawaii
"Do not visit!! Save your money."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 05, 2019
Do not visit this aquarium, if it can even be called that due to the lack of aquatic animals they have. The animals they do have don't seem to be taken care of properly, the tanks were not clean, the building is even worse off because it is not a purpose built building and seems to be a converted car dealership. They do not provide proper enclosures for the animals with many being too small. Because of this the ventilation was awful which meant that you could smell all the animals, and my husband started sneezing from something in the air. They did not have any guide maps or brochures to hand to visitors, which was frustrating because the few signs throughout were not great at giving directions, and the layout is not intuitive and doesn't make sense. There were limited enclosures and tanks and there were no kiosks, or text panels describing what you were seeing in the tanks! They had digital signs near each enclosure but none of them worked, and they were not touch screen so you couldn't learn more even if you wanted to. The animal feedings were inhumane as well. I've been to zoos where you can feed the rays and they have employees watching you, teaching you how to properly and safely feed them, and teaching you about rays. All they have at this place is a TV screen that I am sure no one was watching and so the rays are practically jumping out of the tank to get the food because people were dangling it over them!!!!! That is not normal behavior and is animal cruelty! And no one was washing their hands before sticking them in the tank so who knows what gross germs they are spreading!!! The enclosures outside were awful too. They had 5 or 6 alpacas all together in such a small space that they had hardly any room to themselves, especially after they let people go in! They seem like they are trying to be an amusement park (someone was dressed up as Belle, pirates, and a mermaid, why??), an aquarium (there was maybe 10-15 tanks total), a zoo (way too many birds and other random animals), and a petting zoo because they offered a lot of "go inside the encounter and touch the animal" events. If you ever find yourself in San Antonio there are much better museums and attractions than this one.
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Antonio Aquarium

What are the hours of operation?
Sunday-Thursday | 10AM – 7PM
Friday-Saturday | 10AM – 8PM
Thanksgiving | 10AM – 4PM
Christmas Eve | 10AM – 4PM
Christmas | CLOSED
NYE | 10AM – 4PM
New Years Day | 12PM – 6PM

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

Where is it located?
The San Antonio Aquarium is located at 6320 Bandera Rd San Antonio, TX 78238.

Is the attraction appropriate for children?
The aquarium is appropriate for all ages.

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

Can I leave and re-enter on the same day?
No.

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

How long is the tour?
It takes approximately 1 hour to go through the aquarium.

Can I bring my own food/beverages?
Outside food and beverages are not allowed.

Can I bring my pet?
No, pets are NOT allowed.