Press Room



January 11, 2013

Texas State Aquarium Has Record Year in 2012

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Texas State Aquarium is pleased to report that in 2012, more than 560,000 guests experienced the animals, exhibits and shows at the Aquarium, and over 61,000 students participated in various education programs. In addition, more than 17,000 guests visited the Aquarium during Dollar Days in January, November and December. “More people visited the Aquarium last year than any other year since grand opening,” says Richard Glover, Chief Marketing Officer for the Texas State Aquarium.

Aquarium officials credit their success to the opening of the extremely popular and interactive Stingray Lagoon. In addition, great summer weather, no hurricanes, and an improving regional economy also positively impacted visitation. Guests also enjoyed the second summer of the HEB Splash Park being open, where thousands of children cooled off with water cannons, dump buckets and lots of splashing water.

 The Aquarium has ambitious plans for 2013. Aquarium President & CEO Tom Schmid says, “Our commitment and business strategy has always been to offer new programming every year, and for 2013, we are excited to announce the development of a new Dolphin Show and Wild Flight Show.” The new shows will feature completely new themes, animal behaviors and sets, allowing guests the chance to see the Aquarium’s animals engaged like never before.

 “There is so much enthusiasm and momentum in Corpus Christi right now, and I’m really optimistic about 2013. With some cooperation from Mother Nature, I think we’ll have another record year,” stated Schmid.



 Texas State Aquarium--Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.