The Aquatic Nursery allows visitors to watch the birth and growth cycles of egg casings and juvenile cephalopods and jellies. In addition to teaching visitors about the lifecycles of these creatures, the nursery is also a vehicle to convey the importance of sustainability, because it allows us to maintain our own sustainable animal population.
Get an up close and personal look at Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Our 400,000-gallon saltwater exhibit features two male dolphins: Shadow and Kai, and visitors can experience these majestic marine mammals above the water and even below, in our unique underwater viewing room, featuring a 70-foot acrylic window.
Opened in April 2009, Eagle Pass promotes a strong message of backyard conservation. All of the raptors featured in this exhibit were rescued and rehabilitated at the Texas State Aquarium. Perhaps the most regal raptor of the exhibit is Grace, a bald eagle. Rehabilitated in Alaska, Grace was deemed non-releasable and will have a home in Eagle Pass, where visitors can get a personal look at America’s bird, something you may not be able to do in the wild.
This 40,000-gallon exhibit replicates the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary located approximately 300 miles straight out the Aquarium’s back door into the Gulf of Mexico. Watch blue tang, cownose stingrays, wrasse, filefish, grunt, parrotfish and more interact with our divers during our daily Diver in the Water presentation.
Islands of Steel
Get an underwater view of the habitat formed around an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Islands of Steel is our largest indoor exhibit, at 125,000 gallons, swimming in its waters are red drum, crevalle jack, cownose stingrays, pompano, and more. In the past, when oil and gas companies were finished with a platform, they would dismantle it and unknowingly destroy the habitat, now that they know better, organizations will leave a portion of the platform intact so that the ecosystem formed will go unharmed.
Several touch pools, six aquariums, and three interactive computer kiosks help the public discover the different habitats of the Laguna Madre, and Padre Island bays and estuaries. Visitors can safely interact with species such as hermit crabs, lightning whelks, and pencil urchins in our largest indoor touch pool.
The Nearshore gallery portrays life at the shoreline, where sand dunes and mangroves meet shallow saltwater habitats. The completely renovated exhibit area will be a totally immersive and engaging area – allowing you to stroll directly beneath shorebirds, like the roseate spoonbill and white ibis.
North American River Otters are native to Texas and Otter Creek provides the perfect opportunity to watch these playful animals interact with each other and with their trainers. Through protected contact, our trainers are able to have enrichment sessions multiple times daily when visitors can witness the high intelligence of these otters.
Saving Sharks is an interactive, informative exhibition designed to capture the hearts and minds of would-be conservationists and lifelong shark fans, alike.
Don't be scared! Touch and feed stingrays in our largest outdoor touch pool, and learn what you can do to protect stingrays in the wild during our daily Feed the Rays program.
Swamp Tales tells the conservation success story of the American Alligator, as well as highlights species that are currently threatened and what visitors can do to help protect them. Swamp Tales features Bo, a 10-foot American alligator, and six species of freshwater turtles.
COMING SOON: Tentacles
In May, Tentacles will descend on the Texas State Aquarium to provide guests with an up close look at some of the most fascinating and mesmerizing creature in our seas. The new exhibit will incorporate jellyfish species, as well as cephalopods, such as octopus and cuttlefish species.
All of the sea turtles in Tortuga Cay were rehabilitated and then deemed them non-releasable. Tortuga Cay’s natural lagoon-like habitat allows visitors to view the sea turtles from above and below the water.