The Dallas World Aquarium
The name is a bit of a misnomer, but a pleasant one. That’s because the Dallas World Aquarium is so much more than just a place to see fish and other aquatic creatures. A sanctuary for endangered species, the aquarium is also involved in numerous conservation projects.
The adventure begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit where exotic and unusually named birds can be found. Many species of Toucans and Cocks-of-the-rock are located here. Euphonias (a very colorful, tropical, member of the finch family), tanagers, and hummingbirds are also included in an abundance of exhibits featuring diverse climates.
Lounging around are Two- and Three-toed sloths, lounging is what they do best. Endangered species, such as the Orinoco crocodiles, giant river otters, Antillean manatees along with several species of monkeys also inhabit this moist, colorful habitat.
But don’t forget the aquarium. This one offers a 20,000 gallon, walk-through tunnel, along with individual viewing tanks to observe Japanese crabs, jellyfish, and Leafy, Weedy and Ribbon seadragons (related to seahorses but much more exotic) along with hundreds of other fish and sea mammals, including sharks, rays, and sawfish. Black-footed and Blue penguins are a special treat to watch… so awkward on land yet so sleek underwater.