Exhibits & Animals

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Dolphin Bay & Dolphin Bay Underwater Room

Dolphin Bay & Dolphin Bay Underwater Room

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.

Eagle Pass

Eagle Pass

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.

Floating Phantoms

Floating Phantoms

Our Floating Phantoms exhibit is fascinating to visitors-seeing these stinging creatures from a safe perspective is incredible. This 800-gallon exhibit at the Aquarium features a wide variety of species including Pacific sea nettles, moon jellies, purple stripe jellies and Atlantic sea nettles, many of which are found on our local beaches.

Flower Gardens

Flower Gardens

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.

Wildflight Theatre

Wildflight Theatre

Featuring a variety of trained birds, including birds of prey, parrots, and other exotic small mammals, these highly entertaining and informative presentations showcase various feathered species and deliver an inspiring and empowering message of wildlife conservation.

H-E-B Splash Park & Owen’s Paleo Park

H-E-B Splash Park & Owen’s Paleo Park

H-E-B Splash Park is the first zero-depth wetscape water play area in the Coastal Bend! This marine-themed park features state-of-the-art water spray jets, interactive water features, water cannons, and more. Owen’s Paleo Park is a fossil dig site which allows guests to unearth fossilized remains of animals, such as the Giant ground sloth and the Saber-Toothed cat that roamed the Coastal Bend 13,000 years ago.

Islands of Steel

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.

Living Shores

Living Shores

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.

Nearshore

Nearshore

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.

Otter Creek

Otter Creek

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.

Stingray Lagoon

Stingray Lagoon

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

Swamp Tales

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.

Tortuga Cay

Tortuga Cay

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.

Shark Touch

Shark Touch

Don't be scared! At our Shark Touch exhibit, have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to touch a shark in our second outdoor touchpool, and learn what you can do to protect them in the wild! Our white-spotted and brownbanded bamboo sharks glide through our shallow outdoor touch pool where you study these fascinating species, learn all about them, and even feel their sandpaper-like skin!