9 Fun things to do at the San Antonio Aquarium

9 Fun things to do at the San Antonio Aquarium

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to touch a stingray, a shark, a turtle or even a fish? Well, you should stop by the San Antonio Aquarium. This place is geared towards children and is extremely interactive. My kids give it a 4.5 on the Traveling with Kidz Fun Scale.

  1. Touching the Stingrays was the highlight of the trip. They have a large touch tank with several stingrays of all sizes. It seemed that the stingrays loved the interaction because they kept coming up to the children so that they could touch them. My children enjoyed this and couldn’t get over the fact that the stingrays felt really squishy but cool at the same time. Well, if you thought touching the stingrays was a treat then you will love the idea of being able to feed them. You can purchase stingray food at the aquarium too. If you would like a little bit of more stingray interaction you can snorkel with the stingray at the aquarium. 

  1. Touching the sharks was the second favorite. The children get to touch seven little leopard sharks in the aquarium. This was cool even though they were small it was still totally awesome to say we touched a shark.
  1. Touching the turtles was also interesting. They are in an old boat with water. There were 5 in the exhibit but the only thing we could touch was their shell.
  1. Touching the pond fish was a bit trickier than the other animals, simply because they would swim away as soon as they saw you coming. Just like the sting rays you can purchase food to feed them. 

  1. The play area for little kids was fun too especially if you have younger children. They had a play kitchen, a large block area, castle tents and other table toys. This would be great for kids ages 1-5 years old.

  1. Looking at dinosaur models is something that you might like doing. They had dinosaurs, alligators, and prehistoric lizards.

        7. Jumping around in the moon jump area is an activity that your child might like to do. However, it is not included with the admission fee. It is an additional $3 to join in on the fun. If you do opt for the moon jump please remember to take your child a pair of socks.


  1. Looking at snakes is something your children might enjoy. The aquarium is home to not just one but two yellow anacondas. They also have various small snakes. When we went they had the opportunity to touch the snake. Of course, my children said yes along with many others.
  1. Searching for bones in Sandpit is a nice relaxing activity that children can engage in They get the opportunity to search for giant dinosaur bones. Then they get to bury the bones and search for others.

All in all a trip to the San Antonio Aquarium is well worth it! Your children will enjoy hours of fun !!!

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76 thoughts on “9 Fun things to do at the San Antonio Aquarium

  1. It looks like you had a great time! X

  2. So many fun features in 1 place! My kids would love to do all of these!

  3. The moon jump, I have no doubt, would be our favorite stop. We would love this place, sounds like a ton of fun.

  4. Oh the kids must have had an absolute blast. Imagine being able to touch a stingray. That’s so cool

  5. Sue Tanya McHorgh

    Oh wow it looks like you guys had a wonderful time.

  6. love it! we go to the memphis zoo practically every weekend because my daughter loves to pet the stingrays! , lovely post!

  7. I love it when aquariums have a lot of interactive parts, like touching the different animals. I have never been one that let you touch a shark. I know my son would be the first in line for that one!

  8. Looks like such a cool experience! I have been to an aquarium only once when I was a kid and it was great fun
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  9. I have never been to texas! The aquarium looks awesome! I love the picture with the kids in the big shark mouth! Also love that there was so many touch tanks!

  10. What a fun way of spending time with the kids! I’m sure they won’t forget this experience.
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  11. Wow! The San Antonio Aquarium looks like so much for for children and for the whole family. Where I live in California we have the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I have so many great memories of visiting there with my daughters. One day if I’m in San Antonio I’d love to visit your aquarium too!

  12. I have been to San Antonio several times but never to h aquarium. I was doing ok reading your post about touching the shark and stingray and turtles but when I got to touching the snake I had to stop. I don’t do snakes. LOL

  13. This would be a lot of fun! We’re in San Antonio too, but I haven’t checked this out yet. Soon, because I know my kids would love it.
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  14. My kiddos and I love exploring new zoos and aquariums together! I would love to get to the San Antonio Aquarium sometime in the future.
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  15. Blair villanueva

    I bet no kids will feel the boredom when they visit this Aquarium park and also the parents and nannies. Glad that they also have interactions with sharks and stingrays.

  16. Phạm Anh Thảo Nhi

    Went to S.E.A Aquarium in Singapore this January and thought it was the most awesome one, it seems like I was wrong haha! This is honestly much cooler! I didn’t get to touch anything as all was in tanks and pools made from glass, but this aquarium you recommend does provide interaction!! OMG I’ll definitely visit this if I ever travel to U.S.A! Thanks for your suggestion!

  17. Rebecca Swenor

    San Antonio Aquarium sounds like a great place to visit for everyone. I love how the kids can interact with the animals. It has to be so exciting to them when they can pet the sharks and the stingrays. Thanks for sharing your awesome experience and the information.

  18. I think my kids would love visiting an aquarium. They would get a kick out of finding fossils in the sand to show us. We would pay extra to jump in the moon room. The highlight for me would be to interact with the stingrays. They are gorgeous creatures, and I would never forget it.

  19. So many fun activities in one place! Looks very fun

  20. Phạm Anh Thảo Nhi

    I once went to S.E.A Aquarium in Singapore and thought it was the most awesome one but this really rocks! I didn’t get to touch anything at S.E.A because all was in tanks and pools made from glass, but this aquarium you recommend does provide interaction! OMG I can’t imagine what it feels like touching living animals – those I can only see through pictures – by my own hands!! Gonna go see this for sure if I ever come to the U.S.A, and thanks a lot for your post!

  21. It’s great that this aquarium has so many interactive things for kids. I snorkelled with stingrays once in the wild and it was incredible!

  22. I absolutely love aquariums! They are so much fun and you can learn so much.

  23. What a great day out with the kids. They have fun and learn something useful at the same time 🙂

  24. The stingray tank is the best part of any aquarium. I love it!

  25. Weirdly enough I have always wondered what it would be like to touch s ting ray !! I touched one in Seaworld Orlando and shocked to find it so slippery much like a dolphin 😉 Looks like you guys had fun xoxo

  26. I used to live in San Antonio but never made it to the aquarium! It looks like they had so much fun!!

  27. This place seems perfect for kids 🙂 I’ve been to a few of these places, but I have never touched a shark!
    Wow cool and scary 🙂

  28. Sounds like great fun for the whole family. On my bucket list now.

  29. I liked visiting Aquarium. My favorite is Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta! I’d love to explore this Aquarium whenever I’ll visit San Antonio!

  30. The photo opp with the shark mouth is amazing. Those kinds of photos are fun. 🙂

  31. Did they learn that the sting rays are squishy and slimy because they are covered in their own mucus? Aquariums are such a perfect activity for kids to learn about sea life, they will forever remember being able to touch a shark.

  32. This reminds me of when I took my daughter to the aquarium. They had so much amazing stuff to see. But the sharks and touching them as well as the sting rays was the highlight of the trip. I remember my daughter looking on nervously and finally getting up the courage to touch one.
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  33. Kids love touch tanks! I think archeological attractions like looking for dinosaur bones in sandpits is a very good idea to get kids interested in the history of our Earth

  34. Wow, look at those shark teeth. A shark of that size is truly a monster. Or whatever is bigger than a monster. Thank goodness they aren’t common.

  35. Looks like you all had a great time! I love me some touch tanks too, so if I’m ever in this neck of the woods, count me in!
    Katja xxx

  36. Looks like a great place for the little ones! I love how they have so many interactive areas to get them really immersed & learning!

  37. Aquariums are always filled with such fun things to do! We have one near me and it’s always a good time. It looks like they had a lot of fun! I will definitely check it out if I’m in San Antonio!

  38. This place sounds really fun and educational for kids and even adults. Love to visit this with my family.

  39. I’ve always wanted to visit San Antonio. This looks like a great place to take the kids when I finally do. Great post!!

  40. Kids are such adventurous souls and say yes to almost anything. I love the interactive nature of your outing. Very nice!

  41. It Sounds like a great place! The
    Kids had a good time and i see on the pictures!

  42. The San Antonio Aquarium looks so fun! We don’t have kids yet, but as an adult I think we would have a blast too!

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