Aquariums are always a great place to visit whether you are going with family or friends. Aquariums help us explore the magnificent world of oceans and all the great creatures that live in that ecosystem. Whether you are a kid or an adult, a visit to the aquarium will always leave you with new knowledge and experiences! 

Luckily for us in San Antonio, there are not one but two aquariums!!! 

Aquariums in San Antonio

Not many people know there are two aquariums in San Antonio? The new aquarium in San Antonio is SEA LIFE San Antonio which opened in 2021. But the long-loved original San Antonio Aquarium has been in Leon Valley as a fun family attraction since 2014! 

We have compiled this comprehensive guide about the San Antonio Aquarium so that you can make your next trip to the aquarium a splashing success! 

Fun Things to Do at the San Antonio Aquarium

Aquariums are like a portal to the ocean, even when the aquarium is in the heart of the city.

If you’re planning to visit the San Antonio Aquarium, get ready to dive into many interactive exhibits that will make for great memories with thousands of species.

alligators san antonio aquarium

All the animals and exhibits can be a bit overwhelming as you may want to rush to see what is next, but these few highlights can make your visit smooth sailing!

Interactive Exhibits

Part of having an unforgettable experience at the SA Aquarium is taking part in the interactive exhibits.

Walk the Plank

Whether you want to feed octopus, stingrays, birds, or fish for a small fee via tokens you can get up close with sharks by signing up to Walk The Plank, there is something for everyone to try. Walk the Plank allows you to jump into shark and stingray-infested waters for the experience of a lifetime! 

Experience is only open on the weekends. You can register at the admission counter. Some restrictions apply.

Feed and Touch the Animals

Stingray eating at the san antonio aquarium

Not only can you feed the Stingray, but you can also touch them and other sea animals!

tidepool section

Be sure to follow the signs posted to ensure the safety of the animals and yourself. There are also washing stations to clean off your hands.

Jelly fish in san antonio aquarium

To help you learn more about the animals, there are also signs and QR codes with more information about what you are looking at.

Animal Encounters

While you may only be thinking of fish, sharks, or dolphins, sea creatures aren’t the only animals that call the SA Aquarium home.

There are actually over 8,000 living animals within the aquarium walls! Some of the animal encounters include:


Rabbits at the San Antonio Aquarium


Toucans at the San Antonio Aquarium


red ruffed lemur san antonio aquarium

In fact, the SA Aquarium is one of the only facilities in the United States where you can interact and pet lemurs! If that has been on your list, then be sure to see the Ring-tailed and Red Ruffed lemurs.


Map of the San Antonio Aquarium

Map of San Antonio Aquarium

The SA Aquarium has signs posted around the building that serves as a map and guide.

About San Antonio Aquarium – Address, Hours of Operation, and Parking

Address: 6320 Bandera Road, San Antonio, TX 78238

SA Aquarium Hours:

  • Sunday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Parking: The SA Aquarium parking is free and located around the building!

San Antonio Aquarium – Tickets Prices and Discount Coupons

A trip to the SA Aquarium is a great, affordable family activity.

  • Adult Tickets (12 and up) – 19.95
  • Child Tickets (3 to 11) – 14.95
  • Senior (55+) & Military Ticket – 17.95
  • College Student Tickets – 17.95
  • Children two and under – FREE

token machine at sa aquarium

I-Guana Jump, tokens, and other interactive exhibits are an added cost on top of the admission price.

Did you know that like the San Antonio Zoo, the SA Aquarium offers annual passes and membership options?

If you enjoy your visit, it may be worth inquiring about an Aquarium Pass so you never have to worry about going overboard on one trip! And be sure to check for San Antonio Aquarium discounts!

But the best way to save on admission to the San Antonio Aquarium is to get a POGO Pass! See all the details below! 

Hotels and Restaurants Near San Antonio Aquarium

Hours walking around the SA Aquarium can build up an appetite. If you’re feeling hungry, there are plenty of restaurants near the SA Aquarium.

Localite San Antonio Tip: We recommend Henry’s Puffy Tacos, Thai Taste, Chunky’s Burgers, and 210 Ice Cream for dessert!

If you’re from out of town, there are plenty of hotels near the aquarium off 410 and 90, which are also close to SeaWorld San Antonio if you want to continue animal exploration.

SA Aquarium – FAQs

Wondering what else you should know about the SA Aquarium? Here are some FAQs!

How long does it take to go through the San Antonio Aquarium?

The SA Aquarium is large and is home to many amphibians, reptiles, and fish. It can take anywhere from an hour to two hours to see each one!

Can I see sharks in San Antonio Aquarium?

If sharks are on your list, you’ll be happy to know you can see many sharks!

Stingray and shark entrance

They have a section once you get past the Stingrays.

What is Walk The Plank at the SA aquarium?

Walk The Plank is a new, once-in-a-lifetime experience! In this experience, you’ll jump into shark and stingray waters in a wetsuit. This attraction is only open on weekends from 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

What should I carry to SA Aquarium?

For the protection of the animals, outside food and beverages are not allowed inside. However, the SA Aquarium serves food, snacks, and drinks if you get thirsty.

Localite San Antonio Tip: The best thing to carry to the SA Aquarium is a small bag for your camera phone, along with wearing comfortable walking shoes.

What is the best time to visit San Antonio Aquarium?

Summer is considered high season, so expect the SA Aquarium to be busy. It’s worth setting the alarm to not forget to go to the SA Aquarium when it opens.

There also are daily encounters and presentations that occur at specific times, so be sure to check the website or social media, like Facebook, to stay up to date!

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Mirella Gonzales