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Dallas World Aquarium

There is more to this aquarium than fish; explore a South American rain forest, learn about Mayan culture and watch birds and animals under a leafy canopy.

The Dallas World Aquarium explores multiple natural environments under one roof. The name of this attraction is somewhat misleading, as it has a huge range of wildlife, not just marine and aquatic. There are a number of impressive exhibits arranged according to geographical themes over three levels.

Visit the Mundo Maya exhibit which features creatures commonly found in Maya folklore and culture, including tarantulas, flamingos and the mighty jaguar. Dozens of bird species are in this area, many of which are free-flying, creating the atmosphere of being deep in the jungle.

The aquarium allows you to see everything from giant pacific octopuses to the seahorses of southern Australia in realistic recreations of their natural habitat. One of the highlights is a tunnel that gives you an unusual perspective on the fish and marine creatures of the Indo-Pacific.
Head outdoors to the South African exhibit and enjoy an encounter with the ever-popular black-footed penguins in addition to dozens of species of birds and animals from Madagascar.

Check out the weird and wonderful species of animals and fish of the Orinoco Rainforest in South America. This seven-story exhibit includes golden lion tamarind monkeys, huge spiders, crocodiles, bats, electric eels and piranhas. The Borneo section is equally fascinating with animals unique to the wilds of Australasia.

A schedule of feeding times and performances is available on the aquarium website. If you are visiting on a weekend, don't miss the Grupo Pakal's festive dance performance. This ancient ritual features performers dressed in elaborate feathered headdresses and is a treat for young and old alike. These events are included in the ticket price.

The Dallas World Aquarium is in downtown and parking is available in nearby lots for a fee. Take public transport and receive a discount on admission price.

The aquarium is open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.


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Omni Dallas Hotel ¥19,790
Omni Dallas Hotel

Omni Dallas Hotel

555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Dallas, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Reunion Tower, and Dealey Plaza. Sixth Floor Museum and Dallas World Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. Convention Center Station is only a 5-minute walk and West End Station is 9 minutes.

    Hyatt Regency Dallas ¥13,508
    Hyatt Regency Dallas

    Hyatt Regency Dallas

    300 Reunion Blvd, Dallas, TX
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Dallas, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Reunion Tower, Dealey Plaza, and Sixth Floor Museum. John F. Kennedy Memorial and Dallas Holocaust Museum are also within 15 minutes. Dallas Union Station is 5 minutes by foot and West End Station is 12 minutes.

      SpringHill Suites Dallas Downtown / West End ¥6,277
      SpringHill Suites Dallas Downtown / West End

      SpringHill Suites Dallas Downtown / West End

      1907 N Lamar Street, Dallas, TX
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dallas World Aquarium, House of Blues Dallas, and Sixth Floor Museum. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and American Airlines Center are also within 15 minutes. West End Station is only a 4-minute walk and Akard Station is 7 minutes.

        Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas Downtown, TX ¥9,256
        Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas Downtown, TX

        Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas Downtown, TX

        1025 Elm St, Dallas, TX
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Renaissance Tower, Dallas World Aquarium, and Sixth Floor Museum. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Dealey Plaza are also within 10 minutes. Akard Station is only a 3-minute walk and West End Station is 5 minutes.

          La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas Downtown ¥6,597
          La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas Downtown

          La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas Downtown

          302 S Houston Street, Dallas, TX
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is steps from John F. Kennedy Memorial and Dealey Plaza. Sixth Floor Museum and Reunion Tower are also within 10 minutes. Dallas Union Station is only a 2-minute walk and West End Station is 6 minutes.

            Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown ¥11,482
            Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown

            Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown

            1401 Commerce St, Dallas, TX
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Dallas, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Comerica Bank Tower, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, and Majestic Theater. Dallas World Aquarium and Sixth Floor Museum are also within 15 minutes. Akard Station is only a 5-minute walk and St Paul Station is 7 minutes.

              The Joule ¥19,790
              The Joule

              The Joule

              1530 Main St, Dallas, TX
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Dallas, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Comerica Bank Tower and Majestic Theater. Dallas World Aquarium and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center are also within 15 minutes. Akard Station is only a 5-minute walk and St Paul Station is 6 minutes.

                Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown ¥7,455
                Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown

                Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown

                1015 Elm St, Dallas, TX
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bank of America Plaza and Dallas World Aquarium. Sixth Floor Museum and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Akard Station and West End Station are within a 5-minute walk.