The Dallas World Aquarium

1801 North Griffin Street

About Us:

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.


Beverly Mondier

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

Welcome to the Rain Forest. On a whim, decided to go to the Dallas World Aquarium on a very cold, cloudy Monday in February. So, not so crowded at all which made it very pleasant to see everything and take time to enjoy. It warmed the body and the heart to see such amazing creatures from around the world under one roof. Well worth the $22.68 ticket price for one adult. I would like to mention the incredible beauty of the rain forest as it emanates through all the exotic tropical plants displayed in every nook and cranny. I was uplifted in spirit by the naturalness of this world class Jungle Exhibition. Will be buying a membership soon so I can have a fantastic space warp and slip into a Secret Garden for a day's delight on a Dallas pleasure hunt.

Jonathan Hillman

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Very nice place. Get there early it gets busy. So much to see. More than just fish. Parking can be scarce. Be sure to have time to spend to look at everything. There is a small snack bar about halfway through. I would definitely go again.

Britney Young

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

This is a great place to take the whole family. Be sure to bring comfy shoes because it's a lot of walking. I like that it's more than just aquatic animals too. It can be crowded especially during holiday breaks so just prepare yourself. My twins love exploring and reading about all the different types of animals especially the fish from around the world. It takes about 3 hours to see everything.

Jessica Becker

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

I was very surprised by how big this Aquarium was. I have actually been to a lot of aquariums and this was the best one so far. It had multiple levels and the decorations were spot on. The exhibits are built to almost blend in and look much more natural in the environment. It does get very busy on weekends so go early if you want to beat the crowds. On a side note they do have cafes there which have average food but the fast service and convenience was nice.

Joshua Carbone

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

This place was nice for the first couple times we went here but then it got old. It's expensive as hell for everything here. From admission all the way to food and drinks. I understand it all goes to support a cause but I like to have fun not be broke. Anyways every time we come there is like a thousand kids in there so my little girl doesn't even get the opportunity to see anything. It is always my luck that i don't have a credit or debit card on me at the time and the parking lot machine only takes exact change. Of course I always have a 20 on me and parking is ten so usually instead of donating my ten I will buy someone a place when i go here. Nice facility and it is nicely maintained. Just too many people for me.