In 1969, the Junior League of Corpus Christi and the local Junior Chamber of Commerce got together to form the Gulf Coast Zoological and Botanical Society with the intention of building an aquarium. The organization changed its name in 1978 and then again in 1986 to the Texas State Aquarium Association. Working throughout the years to promote the idea, the group opened its first exhibit in the summer of 1990. Although the Texas State Legislature gave its blessing as the “Official Aquarium of Texas” in 1986, the group did not receive state funding. Presently, the Texas State Aquarium receives federal dollars for the purpose of animal rehabilitation after accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 1995.
Exhibits include various geological and climactic conditions, and include the Amazon exhibit with piranhas and poison frogs; a 400,000 gallon saltwater exhibit called Dolphin Bay, where trained dolphins perform for the crowd several times daily; rehabilitated raptors, including a bald eagle named Grace, are exhibited in Eagle Pass; jellyfish from the Gulf of Mexico float in an 800 gallon exhibit called Floating Phantoms; stingrays inhabit the replicated coral reef where the Diver In The Water show takes place in the Flower Gardens exhibit; trained parrots, hawks, owls and falcons perform and provide wildlife education in the Hawn Wild Flight Theatre; and the largest indoor exhibit replicates an oil platform and replicates the natural habitat surrounding real oil platforms in the Gulf, featuring sharks, barracudas and tarpons. This is just a partial list of the remarkable diversity to be seen at the Texas State Aquarium during the following hours:
Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Labor Day through February 28)
Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (March 1 until Labor Day)
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Texas State Aquarium
2710 N. Shoreline Blvd • Corpus Christi, TX 78402 • 1.800.477.GUL
See the vibrant website and make your travel plans here http://www.texasstateaquarium.org