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The Dallas World Aquarium

1801 North Griffin Street

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An old warehouse at 1801 North Griffin Street, near the Historic West End District in downtown Dallas, became the original site of The Dallas World Aquarium, opening to the public in October 1992. Built in 1924, the empty warehouse had been occupied until 1982. During those years it was used for various industries, including the Mohawk Rubber Company and Pioneer Steel Rule and Die.

The adjacent building at 1815 North Griffin was purchased in 1996. Built in 1929 as a warehouse for the storage of rubber goods, it was later used by a Venetian blind company in the early 50s and lastly prior to the aquarium's expansion, as a restaurant/bar known as "Tejano Rodeo." As with the first building, the interior was completely demolished, leaving only the brick walls and support structure. The alley between the two buildings became the "channel" between the freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. The ORINOCO - Secrets of the River opened to the public in October 1997.

The vacant lot at 1814 Laws Street (behind 1801 North Griffin) was purchased in May 2000 for the first newly constructed portion of the facility. Construction on the Mundo Maya exhibit started in April 2002 and opened to the public in August 2004.

The Dallas World Aquarium has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1997 and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) since 2000.


Jacob Pulliam

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
This was a great place to visit with some friends from out of town. The path through the exhibits takes you through the forest canopy and then down to the lakes and rivers below. There are a wide variety of exhibits that range from monkeys and birds down to a manatee and spotted rays. Once you get to the bottom and down to the aquatic exhibits you work your way though caves with bats and spiders and snakes in the Mayan exhibits. There's a lot of great photo opportunities and it's a great place to wander around in out of the heat. There's food and drink available but we didn't try it and plenty of restrooms.

Josh Bishop

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Great place. Met the owner a couple times and they are dedicated to helping animals. Had a great experience tonight at a private wedding event! Teresa, a bartender, gave us some of the best customer service I’ve ever experienced. A martini shaker lid flew off and soaked her in martini. She had a line of people in front of her. Without skipping a beat she helped every single one of us with a huge smile on her face. I wish her and this place great success. Awesome experience.

John Garceau

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
This is an amazing aquarium. You will love every second of it. It costs twenty dollars but worth every penny. It is also kind of like a zoo but instead your not outside dying in the heat. One of the best places I have been in Dallas. I definitely recommend to anyone and everyone. Hope you enjoy it as much as me

Anna L.

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
Plenty of beautiful unique fish and other creatures. The entire place is clean the animals are clearly visible. Staff are incredibly nice and everything is easy to find. I saw several fish I had never seen before! Blue glowing jellyfish! Seahorses! Definitely worth visiting.

Cici Mitchell

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Celebrated my grandson's first birthday at the aquarium. He was very entertained with all the exhibits and loved every minute. There were lots and lots of families and little kids there that day. We were there at feeding time and that was such a wonderful experience to see the how all these different animals eat lunch. Look it up online and see the schedule and times and dates. I think there is a live camera feed in the jungle part. At least there used to be. This is a world class aquarium. I've been to similar exhibits in California and across the Southwest and can say with confidence that this one tops them all. Definitely worth the price of admission. Easy parking in front, easy to get to even though it's in downtown Dallas. Yes you have to pay for parking. There is some security in the parking area which is good because there are also homeless (?) guys asking for money.

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