I just wanted to put a few notes out about the Dallas World Aquarium. You can read all about the aquarium at their website, but here are a few of my personal observations for your consideration.
1. Do not visit the aquarium on Saturday or Sunday afternoons due to overcrowding. There is often a line just to purchase tickets to get in, then the line continues throughout most of the exhibit. The line to buy tickets is outdoors, subjecting you and your party to the heat or cold depending on the time of year.
2. The Dallas World Aquarium was not designed to accommodate such a large number of people. At Sea World, many exhibits are designed to be seen from many angles that accommodate more people. The passageways through the Dallas World Aquarium rainforest are narrow and can only accommodate a single file line through the exhibits. There’s an otter exhibit towards the beginning of the rainforest line, but the window is only about 15-20 feet long and the mass of people jockeying for position on the narrow passageway is unbearable. You will be trapped in line through the better part of the rainforest unless you power and shove your way through. The Dallas World Aquarium should put a limit on how many people can be in the building.
3. The Dallas World Aquarium is about two-thirds rainforest and one-third aquarium. Though there is a neat overhead aquarium over one passageway, the rest of the aquarium is large fish tanks set in the wall. And though the lines dissipate by the time you get to the aquarium area, there is still a horde of people milling about on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
4. Also, don’t get too excited when you see the sign for the outdoor penguin exhibit. We saw one penguin.
I’m pretty sure there’s a much better experience to be had on weekdays, and that’s when I recommend that you go. Unfortunately, a weekend visit is not worth it in my opinion.