About The Austin Aquarium
Experience Thousands of Species and Interactive Exhibits
…for Kids and Families
Among the 35 exhibits featured throughout Austin’s newest attraction are a wide variety of amphibians, an interactive Lorikeet Aviary, and a variety of cold water and tropical fish. In addition, Austin Aquarium features sharks, a stingray touch tank, and a rainforest with hundreds of reptiles!
Austin Aquarium welcomes everyone to enjoy the unique interactive experiences found within, and is especially excited to introduce children and families to the world beneath the ocean’s surface. Guests are encouraged to hand feed sharks, rays, birds, and fish, or to get up close and personal with many of the reptiles and other animals on exhibit. Above all, Austin Aquarium promotes education through an interactive experience in a comfortable environment. Kids and adults alike are sure to be amazed at the soft skin of sharks and rays among other experiences. Austin Aquarium provides children and families access to the excitement and learning opportunities of the ocean without the long trip to the coast. Guests can watch jellyfish gently float and glow and admire the bright and colorful corals, all within easy reach of home. The Aquarium offers multiple educational programs and events for kids, as well as behind the scenes tours for those curious about just what it takes to keep an aquarium in good working order. Popular programs developed by the owners such as Birthday Parties, Octopus Encounters and Sleep with the Sharks programs, are also featured here at the Austin Aquarium. “We hope to inspire a young generation of ocean explorers and conservationists through education and a shared experience with a live animal, to create an appreciation for the oceans,” says Owner, Marc Gottlieb. With over 8,000 living animals representing habitats from the Oregon shores to remote Indonesian Islands, the experience will instill respect and awe for our rich aquatic resources. The owners place a premium on the family experience, with a special interest in foster children. Having hosted 31 of their own, and adopting 3, they understand the struggles foster families face, and therefore offer free admission to foster children. Also included in free admission are all families, children, and employees of Austin Children’s Shelter and Children at Heart Ministries, who together help thousands of families in difficult circumstances. Read our What You Can Expect Page to get further information about, well, What You Can Expect! For more information call 512-222-5586. Follow Austin Aquarium on Facebook for updates and special offers and giveaways weekly. See our opening hours here.