CAFP | General Information for the Children's Aquarium at Fair Park | Dallas, Texas
Get the Children's Aquarium hours, admission, and location. Plus learn about daily feed shows, events, birthday parties, and field trips.
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Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM seven days a week*

*closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas



Regular Admission

Day Ticket – $8

Annual Pass – $20


Dallas Zoo Member

Day Ticket – $6

Annual Pass – $15



Regular Admission

Day Ticket – $6

Annual Pass – $15


Dallas Zoo Member

Day Ticket – $4

Annual Pass – $10



Regular Admission

Day Ticket – $6

Annual Pass – $15


Dallas Zoo Member

Day Ticket – $4

Annual Pass – $10



Regular Admission

Day Ticket – $4

Annual Pass – NA


Dallas Zoo Member

Day Ticket – $4

Annual Pass – NA

Group rate of 25 or more: $6 adult | $4 youth/senior (day ticket only)



The Children’s Aquarium is located off of I-30 in Fair Park at 1462 First Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210. Off of I-30 take Exit 47 Second Avenue/Fair Park and enter in through Gate 6 off Robert B. Cullum. The Children’s Aquarium is on the left, located between the Texas Star ferris wheel and Cotton Bowl stadium. Download printable location map.



10:30 a.m.– Caiman lizard
2:30 p.m. – indoor sharks + porcupinefish



10:30 a.m.– jellyfish
2:30 p.m. – piranha



10:30 a.m.– outdoor sharks + sea turtle
2:30 p.m. – indoor sharks + porcupinefish



10:30 a.m.– grouper
2:30 p.m. – wolf eels



10:30 a.m.– indoor sharks + porcupinefish
2:30 p.m. – outdoor sharks + sea turtle



10:30 a.m.– alligator snapping turtle
2:30 p.m. – electric eel



10:30 a.m.– Trinity River tank
2:30 p.m. – outdoor sharks + sea turtle


Take the plunge and volunteer at the newly remodeled Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park! Get your feet wet in the new Stingray Bay or Coastal Touch Tank. Help educate guests about aquatic life and become an ambassador for conservation. 


Current opportunities for adults and kids ages 14 and up.


To learn more, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at or call 469.554.7453.


The Children’s Aquarium birthday party package includes:

  • Aquarium admission for up to 25 people (includes adults, children, toddlers, and seniors).
  • Exclusive use of the party room for 90 minutes.
  • Party Host or Hostess.
  • Animal Encounter with trained interpreter.
  • Marine Biofacts Encounter with trained aquarium interpreter.
  • Complimentary Stingray Feeding and Encounter for all of your party guests.
  • Tableware supplies and decorations.
  • Electronic invitations.
  • Package price is $350.


Parties are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.


Party parents are welcome to bring a personalized cake, ice cream, beverages, food, treats, goodies, and/or party favors (no live animals, please). A refrigerator and freezer are available for use. Food is only allowed in the party room and is not permitted in the Aquarium or near touch tanks. Additional decorations are also permitted in the party room (please – for the safety of the animals, no balloons or straws are permitted).


Parking is not included. On most weekend days, there is no charge for parking at Fair Park. However, if an event is scheduled (such as the State Fair of Texas or a football game), parking charges will apply. For more information on events, please visit the Fair Park website:


A $50 non-refundable deposit is needed to hold a party date.


To book a birthday party at the Children’s Aquarium, please call Guest Services at 469-554-7549.


Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
1462 First Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210

Field Trips



Plan your field trip to the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park today! Explore aquatic life from all over the world as you travel through different aquatic habitats, without leaving Dallas. Touch a live stingray at the popular Stingray Bay, or stop by the tidal touch pool and meet some tide pool animals up close!


Reservations cannot be made during the dates of the State Fair of Texas.


Aquarium Self-Guided Field Trip; Grades All levels


Cost: $4/student, $4/adult, 1 free adult per 10 students, $4/additional adult. Parking at Fair Park is managed by the City of Dallas. Parking is usually free unless there is a paid event at Fair Park. The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park has no control over parking fees in the event that the City of Dallas charges for parking at Fair Park.


There are no lunch facilities at the Aquarium. Groups need to bring lunch and picnic in any of the open green spaces around Fair Park or make arrangements to have lunch outside of Fair Park.

Homeschool Day at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park


A day especially for homeschool families, featuring:

  • Interactive Education Stations
  • Hands-On Ocean Themed STEAM Activities
  • Animal Feeding Demonstration
  • Up-Close Animal Adventures Encounter
  • Discounted Same-Day Admission to the Texas Discovery Gardens
  • Gift Shop Discounts

Download our Homeschool Day Resource Packet



Sea Squirts: Tidepool

Grades: PreK – K

Length: 45 minutes


Discover life in a tide pool! Feel like you are taking a journey to a tide pool as you participate in this interactive program including live animals. This Preschool through Kindergarten program introduces students to reading and animal natural history. Programs are aligned to Texas Preschool Guidelines and Kindergarten TEKS.


Cost: $80/program  – Maximum of 20 students. 


Aquatic Adaptations

Grades: 1st – 5th

Length: 45 minutes


Gills, fins, scales and tails…how are aquatic animals able to survive under water? They adapt! Learn about these special aquatic adaptations in this interactive program that includes live education animals.


Cost: $80/program – Maximum of 20 students.


Mollusc Lab

Grades: 3rd – 8th

Length:60 minutes


Mollusc mania awaits in this hands-on, lab based program! Explore the diversity of the phylum Mollusca which contains over 85,000 species. This interactive program includes a squid dissection!


Cost: $100/program – Maximum of 20 students.



Aquatic Habitats

Grades: 1st – 8th

Length: 45 minutes


Salt water, fresh water, intertidal and more! In this instructor led program, students visit interactive stations throughout the Aquarium to learn more about the aquatic habitats and unique animals that inhabit each area. As students explore the aquatic habitats they will learn the importance of water quality and the conservation of water.


Cost: $100/program- Maximum 20 students.

General Scheduling Information


What groups are eligible for the education admission rate?


Eligible groups include: preschools, state licensed daycares, public or private schools, homeschool groups, scouts, shelters, City of Dallas recreation centers, YMCA/YWCA, Boys/Girls Clubs, and organized college classes (where a teacher is bringing the students for a class project).


What groups are NOT eligible for the education admission rate?


Ineligible non-education groups include churches, corporations, senior citizens, Mother’s Day out, family groups, birthdays, travel companies, non City of Dallas recreation centers, non-profits, college trips (not led by teacher), etc.


Make a Reservation


Reservation forms must be received at least two (2) weeks in advance. Reservations cannot be accepted during the State Fair of Texas or on special event days (including Homeschool Day). The Aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Please note that April and May are high volume school group months, especially during state testing. Please plan travel and entrance times accordingly.


Our instructor-led classroom programs and guided tours can be scheduled Monday-Friday between 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM.




Admission: Payment for admission is due upon arrival. DO NOT SEND PAYMENT FOR ADMISSION AHEAD OF TIME. Credit cards, cash, or institutional checks are accepted at the ticket gate. We do not accept POs. Final head counts for admission will be made at the ticket gate on the day of your field trip. Admission will be charged for the number of students and adults present with you at that time. Instructor-led programs must be paid in full and at least one (1) week in advance.


Classroom Programs and Guided Tours: Full payment and all changes for instructor-led programs are due at least one (1) week prior to the scheduled date. Programs not paid by the deadline will be cancelled. An invoice will be emailed to confirm your program and will include payment details. DO NOT INCLUDE THE COST OF ADMISSION WITH YOUR PROGRAM PAYMENT. Admission must be paid separately at the ticket gate on the day of your visit.


Cancellation/Reschedule Policy


The Dallas Zoo & Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park are open rain or shine. Your reservation may be rescheduled once without penalty. Additional reschedules will be charged $25 per instance. Field trips and programs will be cancelled if DISD is closed due to severe weather. Rescheduling fees due to DISD closure will be waived. Reschedule dates should be at least two (2) weeks in advance. We will do our best to accommodate late arrivals, but we reserve the right to cancel or adjust programs as needed. All changes and requests must be submitted in writing to Refunds will not be issued for any amount under $20, for program changes/cancellations made within one (1) week of the scheduled date, or for no-show groups.


Dallas ISD Learning Partners Funding – Your Learning Partners voucher is NOT a field trip reservation. Your voucher number and approval amount must be included on the reservation form. Your school (and/or Big Thought/Learning Partners if using AP funding) will be invoiced for the total reservation cost if you fail to show for your field trip/program or cancel within one (1) week of the scheduled date.


Code of Conduct


Teachers and chaperones will be held responsible for student conduct. Any behavior that endangers the safety of our animals, staff or other visitors will result in your group being expelled from our facility.


  • DO have students wear nametags that include their name, school, and teacher’s name (no safety pins)
  • DO stay with their assigned chaperones at all times.
  • DO understand that animals, like us, need rest and privacy. If an animal is not visible, check back later.
  • DO pick up your trash. Please dispose of garbage in trash or recycling bins.
  • DO stay on pathways.
  • DO walk, not run.
  • DO use quiet voices.
  • Do be patient and look all around the exhibit. Animals are adapted to blend in with their surroundings. They may be resting nearby.
  • DON’T feed animals. They are on a carefully balanced diet.
  • DON’T climb on rocks, walls, or fences.
  • DON’T deface Zoo or Aquarium property.
  • DON’T pick plants or flowers.
  • DON’T tap on exhibit glass, scream, spit and/or throw objects of any kind into exhibits. This behavior is disrespectful and will not be tolerated.

The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserves the right to change pricing and policies without notice.

The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours. Contact us at or 469.554.7300.

The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Find up-to-date information on all aquarium events on our Facebook page.