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Texas State Aquarium Extends Hours, Adds New 4D Show

‘Smallfoot 4D Experience’ is now playing at the Texas State Aquarium six times daily throughout the summer. The aquarium has also added shows and will be open longer through Labor Day weekend. Courtesy photo

Summer hours are extended and new shows are available at the Texas State Aquarium this summer. Through Labor Day weekend, the aquarium will open at 10 AM and close at 6 PM seven days a week. One of several new features includes a 4D film.

“We have more programming during the summer,” said aquarium President and CEO Tom Schmid. “We’ve got some additional bird and marine mammal shows, and, of course, the splash park is up and running all summer long.”

New in 4D is “Smallfoot 4D Experience,” playing daily at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 4:30 PM.

“Smallfoot 4D” turns the yeti myth upside down when a young big foot named Migo finds a human — something he did not believe existed. His quest is to convince his community that the legend of Smallfoot is actually true.

Also playing in the 4D theater is “Planet Earth: Ice Worlds 4D Experience” with showtimes at 11 AM, noon, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, and 4 PM. The film explores the mysterious frozen worlds of Antartica and the Arctic.

The daily show schedule at the aquarium includes:


10:30 AM, 1 PM, 3:30 PM

Tortuga Cay Exhibit

A show about what makes each one of the aquarium’s sea turtles unique.


11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM

Dolphin Bay

Trainers interact with the aquarium’s four dolphins.


11 AM & 3 PM

H-E-B Caribbean Sea

Watch as a diver feeds and interacts with the fish.


NOON, 2 PM, 4 PM

Hawn Wild Flight Theater

Raptors soar through the amphitheater while guests meet native and exotic animals up close.


NOON, 2 PM, 4 PM

Stingray Lagoon

Touch and feed stingrays in a touch tank accessible to all sizes of stingray fans.


12:30 PM & 4:30 PM

Caribbean Jungle

Talk to the keepers about what it takes to provide a safe and healthy environment for the animals that call the Texas State Aquarium home.

The aquarium’s new Caribbean Exhibit doubles the exhibits now available at the aquarium with a wide variety of plants and animals, including two sloths that roam free.

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