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New hours, new experiences at Texas State Aquarium

The Texas State Aquarium now operates from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Open 365 days a year, the aquarium offers exciting exhibits and programs for guests. Photo by Daniel Clifton

This November, the Texas State Aquarium introduced new hours and happenings. Highly regarded as one of the top 10 aquariums in the United States, the Corpus Christi attraction is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through February 2019. In addition to the hour change, the aquarium has added a few new exciting programs and exhibits:

Meet and Greet our Slowest Species

Have a personal encounter with the aquarium’s laziest tenants: Xena and Chico, the Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths in the Caribbean Journey’s jungle. The sloths venture out of their busy 15-hour sleeping schedule to interact with curious guests.

The meet-and-greet is part of the aquarium’s new Exclusive Encounters program during which guests can get up close and personal with animals and learn about their favorite foods and activities.

Right now, guests can have an Exclusive Encounters experience with the two sloths and a flock of flamingos or go behind the scenes to feed the fish in the aquatic exhibits. Reserve your exclusive encounter online.

Aquarium To the Rescue

A new media exhibition showcases the aquarium’s award-winning rescue program. The Wildlife Rescue Center gives a second chance to ill and injured shorebirds, raptors, marine mammals, and sea turtles.

The exhibit follows 17 different animals on their journeys with the Wildlife Rescue team from when they were taken in, through their treatment and rehabilitation, and all the way to their release or re-homing. Viewings of “To the Rescue” is included with admission and runs during regular hours through February 2019.

Marvelous Mammals Mini-Camp

Hop, swim, climb, or fly into an immersive, hands-on journey through a day in the life of the aquarium’s residents. Explore the habitats and adaptations of weird and wild mammals, including bats, sloths, otters, and dolphins. Intrigued? Get a taste: Read about the time we went behind the scenes with the dolphins.

Participants will become Certified Texas State Aquarium Junior Mammalogists! Register online.

The Texas State Aquarium is located at 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Corpus Christi. For more information, visit or call (361) 881-1200.

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