The Dallas World Aquarium is excited to welcome everyone back! For the health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals, we have implemented several changes in our operating procedures.
An old warehouse at 1801 North Griffin Street, near the Historic West End District in downtown Dallas, became the original site of The Dallas World Aquarium, opening to the public in October 1992. Built in 1924, the empty warehouse had been occupied until 1982. During those years it was used for various industries, including the Mohawk Rubber Company and Pioneer Steel Rule and Die.
The adjacent building at 1815 North Griffin was purchased in 1996. Built in 1929 as a warehouse for the storage of rubber goods, it was later used by a Venetian blind company in the early 50s and lastly prior to the aquarium’s expansion, as a restaurant/bar known as “Tejano Rodeo.” As with the first building, the interior was completely demolished, leaving only the brick walls and support structure. The alley between the two buildings became the “channel” between the freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. The ORINOCO – Secrets of the River opened to the public in October 1997.
The vacant lot at 1814 Laws Street (behind 1801 North Griffin) was purchased in May 2000 for the first newly constructed portion of the facility. Construction on the Mundo Maya exhibit started in April 2002 and opened to the public in August 2004.
The Dallas World Aquarium has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1997 and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) since 2000.
The Dallas World Aquarium
1801 North Griffin St.
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: (214) 720-2224
After-hour Emergencies: (214) 263-0307
TICKETS: To accommodate the occupancy requirement mandated by the State of Texas, The Dallas World Aquarium has implemented a Timed-Entry system as part of our ticketing procedure. Guests are highly encouraged to purchase advance online tickets and will check-in at our main entrance on the corner of Laws and Corbin Streets. Tickets will also be sold at our entrance facing N. Griffin Street (look for the African Cichlid fish exhibit). However, advanced ticket holders will have priority access. Guests should check-in within 30 minutes of their designated entry time. You can present your mobile ticket or we can scan if you elected to print your ticket.
ENTRANCE: Guests with Timed-Entry tickets may enter through our main entrance located at the corner of Laws and Corbin Streets. All guests will have their temperature taken prior to entry. If you wish to purchase tickets on-site or if you are a late arrival, you may enter through the same entrance, however, Timed-Entry guests will have priority access.
QR CODE EXHIBIT DISPLAY: Our exhibit displays now have QR codes you can easily scan with your mobile device to receive the latest fact sheet about our animals and their habitats.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: If you are feeling sick, please stay home. Per CDC guidelines, if your temperature is over 100.4 you will need to return on another date. Per Dallas County’s recent order, guests ages 10 and older are required to wear a facial mask or some form of covering over their nose and mouth. Please be respectful of other guests and maintain a safe distance of 6 feet between parties. Hand sanitizing stations are conveniently located on all levels of our facility.
EMPLOYEE/VENDOR SAFETY: Our staff has undergone extensive training regarding safety and public health measures and will be provided with the appropriate updates should anything change.
SOCIAL DISTANCING: You will see signage and markers throughout to remind you to follow social distancing guidelines and to abide by other safety measures
FEEDINGS & KEEPER CHATS: These events will be canceled until further notice, to ensure social distancing guidelines are met.
SANITIZING: Hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout our facility, and staff will clean high-touch areas like handrails, viewing glass, and door handles throughout the day.
GROUPS: We ask that you limit your group size to 8 people or fewer as you walk around. Visiting in smaller groups or splitting up a larger group as you walk around will facilitate social distancing guidelines.