Stingray Lagoon

Below is a list of many of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the Texas State Aquarium:

Fall Holiday Hours


Labor Day through February 28
Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

March 1 until Labor Day
Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Closed Christmas Day.


H-E-B Splash Park Hours of Operation:

H-E-B Splash Park Hours: Closed for the Season – Reopens March 2016

Prices     In Person     Online ONLY: Admission
Members: FREE FREE
Adult (13 & Up): $22.95 $19.95
Senior (65 & Up): $20.95 $17.95
College Students: $16.95* *
Military: $20.95 $17.95
Child (3-12): $16.95 $14.95
2 and Under: Free Free
Parking: $5.00 $5.00

Prices are subject to change.

*Must present current, valid student ID at time of person, not available online.

Military discounts available with advance purchase of tickets at the following MWR/ITT offices: Fort Hood, Fort Sam, Lackland Air Force Base, Naval Station Ingleside, Naval Station Corpus Christi, Naval Station Kingsville.

The Aquarium offers special rates and benefits to groups of 10 or more. These include:

  • Preferred rates
  • Express entry, no waiting in line
  • Guided tours available with two-weeks advance reservation

To make a group reservation or for more information, please email reserve@txstateaq.org or call (361) 881-1307.

As a Member of the Texas State Aquarium, you will receive a personalized Membership card and a list of benefits, including free admission for one year and free parking.

The Aquarium does offer parking at several locations near the Aquarium. Cost for parking is $5.00. Handicapped parking and access to the building are available for those with special needs.

Absolutely! Whatever the occasion, the Texas State Aquarium is the perfect venue for special events of all kinds: weddings and wedding receptions, company picnics, corporate presentations, reunions, birthday celebrations, intimate dinners, and much more! Click here for more information.

The Aquarium has several daily presentations for your enjoyment, featuring otters, dolphins, and much more!

Yes. A limited number of strollers are available to rent for $5.00. A limited number of wheelchairs are also available for rent for $5.00. All rentals are available on a first come, first served basis.

While each individual stay at the Aquarium differs, the average length of stay is 3 hours.

Visit the Aquarium’s Pepsi Shoreline Grill for plenty of delicious foods, including sandwiches and salads, pretzels, pizza, hot dogs, icy treats and much more! The Aquarium does not allow food to be brought inside the building; however there is available lawn seating around the premises for those who would like to enjoy a sack lunch outside the building. 

Unfortunately, no. For the safety of our animals, we do not allow outside animals to be brought into our facility.

The Aquarium has several exhibits that allow visitors to interact with some of our animals. At our Living Shores touch pools, visitors can pick up creatures like hermit crabs, sea urchins, and lightning whelks.

Visitors can also discover “creatures of cartilage” at Stingray Lagoon and our newest exhibit, Saving Sharks! Feel several species of stingrays and sharks under your hand.

Did you know that the Aquarium educates over 60,000 children annually? As part of our mission, the Aquarium provides educational programs that are both entertaining and enriching and support the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) test. We offer self-guided tours, guided tours, gallery programs, behind-the-scenes tours, camp-ins, outreach programs, and much more. For more information on making a reservation for any of these programs, please email reserve@txstateaq.org.

The Aquarium is always looking for new STARS to help us tell our wonderful story about the animals and habitats. Becoming a volunteer of the Aquarium allows you to meet new people from all over the world and become part of our family at the Aquarium. Click here to learn more!

The Texas State Aquarium opened July 6, 1990.

The Texas State Aquarium Association is a not-for-profit, educational institution that does not receive city, state, or federal funding for its operations. Operational funds are generated through admission fees, gift shop sales, facility rentals, memberships, educational programs, philanthropic contributions, and corporate sponsorships.

Over 12,000,000 visitors have experienced the Texas State Aquarium.