Braeden, Lindsey, and Haylee at the entrance of the DWA.
Over the weekend, Linda, the grandkids and I went to Dallas.
One of our stops was the Dallas World Aquarium, which is a truly amazing place. (And I don’t say that about a lot of places)
It’s a little pricey to get in but when you start looking at the exhibits and think of the care of these animals you’ll probably understand why it’s so much.
You will see things that you can only catch a glimpse of on The Discovery Channel or Animal Planet.
But those sources don’t put smiles on the faces of kids like the DWA.
A Fairy Penquin poses for a picture
Haylee and Braeden were fascinated the whole way through and asked a myriad of questions.
Each stop features a video kiosk that will answer many of your questions, thus giving the illusion to your kids or grandkids that you are a genius.
Being a very amateur zoologist (and avid viewer of Animal Planet) I was able to identify many of the creatures on display.
As a Christian, I am fascinated by the differences in so many of His creatures and how they are adapted to those places in the world where each of them live.
The exhibits were well maintained and the entire place was very clean.
One of the many flowers you will see!
We entered through a “jungle” that featured a taste of what was inside.
We walked along side some Rhinoceros Hornbills that were somewhat entertaining as they played in the mist of water that sprayed from above.
Other animals and birds that will tantilize your entry are storks, tree kangaroos, cockatoos, pheasants, and a mynah bird.
The flora and fauna is fantastic!
I have never seen such a variety of tropical plants in my life.
This place is a photographers paradise with the exception of the hundred people that are sharing it with you.
The place is almost downtown Dallas and if you go you should get there at 10am, when they open.
By the time we left at 2pm, the line was out the door and down the sidewalk for the length of a football field.
Here are some of the amazing things we saw.
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A virtual jungle as you enter
A variety of colorful birds are seen throughout the DWA
Howler monkey's are appropriately named! Cover your ears!
The waterfall feeds the pool below that contains some manatees!
In the Orinoco rainforest, birds fly free (or perch) overhead. Wear your hat!
Luscious green leaves surround pink petals
The kids pose in front of the waterfall
This green aracari barely stayed still long enough to snap a pict.
Though he was slower than molasses in January, this 3-toed sloth was a little elusive for a photo op.
We arrived just in time for the feeding of the giant Orinoco crocodiles.
The kids look at the underwater lair of the giant river otter.
A Saki monkey keeps a vigil watch on the visitors
"I want that turtle", was Braeden's reaction upon seeing it. He said the same thing about the poisonous tree frogs. You know boys!
The low-lighting made a picture of the Anaconda a little difficult.
A baby Orinoco croc
A really huge Bird-eating spider. Yikes!
The bat cave.
Could you guess that these are named Polka-dot stingrays?
The crowd gathered to watch the gentle Antillean manatee, also known as a Sea Cow.
The manatee watches the crowd.
An anglers dream or nightmare? The Arapaima can grow to over 400 lbs.
The extremely well camouflaged Leafy seadragon.
The beautiful and colorful coral reef
From Palau, this is a graceful Moon jellyfish.
Another well camouflaged sea creature, the Weedy seadragon
Nemo! (A clown fish)
All exhibits are not tropical in nature. From the cool Pacific waters off the coast of British Columbia is the Pacific giant Octopus.
From off the coast of Japan is the squid-like cuttlefish
From the pineywoods of East Texas, Linda and Tim. (though they're not on exhibit)
An underwater glass tunnel affords you a view of Sawfish.
Every one watches in amazement as sharks and rays swim by.
This underwater kingdom is a favortie resting place for all.
The seahorse exhibit is a favorite of mom's because it's the male that takes care of the young.
These "Mayan" dancers treated us to a presentation.
Colorful costumes and rain sticks were featured during the dance.
The male costume included an intimidating Jaguar head (not real). His black and red painted eyes enhanced it all.
His dance also included fire.
Colorful flamingoes preen, eat, and fuss with each other.
A huge dark-blue and turquoise green hummingbird came and fed right next to my head then lit on this small branch.
The grands were really exited to be here!
A final flower as we neared the end.
Though I have posted quite a few pictures, they don’t do justice to the amount of things you will see.
"I'll be waiting for you to come see me!"