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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.


Jason P Cargill

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
An amazing place to see and experience an amazing array of wildlife, all while inside an air conditioned building. We went on the weekend, so expected it to be very busy. Although it was very crowded, we were able to go at our own pace and really enjoy everything. There are so many varieties of birds, I wasn’t expecting to see this many. The sloths seem to be the crowd favorites too. There is also a restaurant and cafe inside. Well worth a trip. My wife loves coming here so much I bought her a season pass.

Sarah Job

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
This place was weirdly laid out. Everything had only one way traffic and the elevators are slow and old. It is not stroller friendly on busy days because there's not a lot of room. There's surprisingly very little fish for an aquarium and they had equal amounts of birds. Many areas of tanks are open and would be easy to fall in, especially the stingray area. The native American tribal dance was interesting and the walk through tunnel tank of sharks would be good for those who aren't terrified of sharks (as I am). It was enjoyable for my kids but I think they charge too much for the amount of aquarium you get to see. Not really interesting enough to go as an adult without kids.

Brittany Knight

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Best Aquarium i have went to. Honestly me and my boyfriend go about 3 or 4 times a year. Its worth the money for sure. We go because of the scenery. It is far better than the Zoo here. I wish they make it even bigger its already big enough but its just fantastic.

Daniel Scalf

Thursday, April 5, 2018
This place was pretty cool. Didn't have just aquatic type animals but had monkeys, crocodiles, penguins, owls, and a bunch of other animals here. Money well spent in my opinion. The gift shop was very reasonably priced so I walked away with quite a few things. The food at the cafe, restaurant, and snack bar...and yeah they had all three, had great menus. Not expensive at all. Definitely going to try to go again when I get some more time off. Took quite a while too see everything so it isn't one of those places where you places where you pay and your done with everything within the hour. Took us about 4 hours to check everything out. Highly recommend to anyone to anyone looking for a way to spend time with the family.

Kelley Merrill

Monday, May 7, 2018
I've been here twice now and have really enjoyed it both times. One of the best days of my life was the first time I went and the sloth was down and eating and I got to stand inches away from it! Best. Day. Ever! I highly recommend going early because the animals are typically more active earlier in the day and the crowds are more mellow. Expect quite a bit of people no matter what.

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