See a New Sea

The Texas State Aquarium is bringing the sights, sounds and vibrant wildlife of the Western Caribbean to the shores of South Texas. By interpreting the unique features of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Western Caribbean, the official aquarium of the State of Texas will become one of the premier aquariums in the nation. With the creation of the Caribbean Journey, the Texas State Aquarium is positioned to be a national leader in advancing conservation efforts and showcasing marine research, as well as in offering entertaining and educationally-enriched programming.

Caribbean Journey is the expansive final phase of a visionary master plan that will include:

  • Sharks, tropical Caribbean fishes, birds and reptiles
  • Diverse and unique Yucatan Peninsula and Western Caribbean Sea
  • Hands-on exploration and interactive exhibits
  • 4D Theater – the only one in South Texas!
  • Increasing capacity, guest and event services
  • Expanding our conservation and wildlife rehabilitation programs
  • New Flint Hills Resources Center for Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education
The Aquarium brings greatest value to our community through conservation and by teaching others to appreciate their environment.
     — Peggy Fagan, Trustee, Prichard Family Foundation
Campaign Caribbean:
Our Next Journey

Now, as we approach our 25th anniversary, we are poised to realize the vision of our founders and complete the journey that was started more than 30 years ago. We are embarking on a major campaign to create the Caribbean Journey, the final critical voyage of that ambitious original master plan.

The Aquarium’s new Caribbean Journey will inspire and educate guests through interactive, immersive exhibits. Our goal is simple: to connect people with nature, and inspire in them an appreciation for the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea


About the
Sian Ka’an


Journey from
Jungle to Sea


Our Progress


Economic Impact
Vision Realized

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Journey to the Sian Ka’an

Immersed in the sights, sounds, and the vibrant flora and fauna of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, guests will be transported to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Preserve, an incredibly diverse region located along the central coast of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Home to some of the longest underground rivers in the world and the second largest barrier reef on earth, this unique treasure presents incredible opportunities to connect visitors from all over Texas and the U.S. to this wondrous region.


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Journey from Jungle to Sea

Guests begin their journey in the tropical forest and traverse through immersive habitats, exploring freshwater wetlands, caves, limestone sinkholes, coastal lagoons, Mayan ruins, offshore coral reefs and the open Caribbean Sea beyond.


Follow Our Progress
Caribbean Journey
Fast Facts

  • 65,000 square feet – size of new building
  • 400,000 gallons – volume of Caribbean shark habitat
  • 65’ long – length of shark display window
  • 100 seats – capacity of the new 4-D theater, the only venue of  its kind in South Texas
Projected Annual Economic Impact
  • Increase the overall economic impact to $69 million
  • Support 887 area jobs and provide salaries of $20 million
  • Produce more than $10 million in hotel room sales
  • Generate more than $5 million for local taxing districts


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Contact Info

Rocky Kettering, Ed.D., CFRE


2710 North Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78402