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For a state the size of Texas, which features hundreds of miles of coastline and dozens of lakes, rivers and reservoirs, it is only natural to play host to some of the nation's best aquariums. Currently, Texas houses a handful of world-class aquariums, plus dozens of smaller ones. Visiting one of these Top Texas Aquariums is a perfect way to complete your Texas vacation.

1. Texas State Aquarium

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The "official" aquarium of Texas, Corpus Christi's Texas State Aquarium houses hundreds of marine animals and provides educational programs for over 500,000 annual visitors of all ages and all walks of life. The Aquarium has a vast array of displays housing fish which are indigenous to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as a few exotic species.

2. Houston's Downtown Aquarium

Featuring thousands of fish swimming in 500,000 gallons of water - right in downtown Houston! One of the most impressive and exciting aquariums anywhere, complimented with games, rides and dining.

3. Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park

Originally opened in 1936 to coincide with the Texas Centennial Celebration, Dallas' Aquarium at Fair Park has been opened to the public ever since. A salt water selection was added in 1964 and today the aquarium is home to over 6,000 aquatic animals.

4. Moody Gardens

Visitors crossing the causeway to Galveston will surely see the pyramids rising on the western side of the island. Those pyramids are actually part of magnificent Moody Gardens - one pyramid houses a rainforest, while the other encompasses an aquarium. The aquarium pyramid has two viewing areas and tanks depicting four ocean environments - the Caribbean, South Atlantic, North Pacific and South Pacific.

5. Great Barrier Reef Exhibit at Ft. Worth Zoo

The Ft. Worth Zoo's Great Barrier Reef exhibit consists of over 500 fish, coral and sharks housed in 10,000 gallons of saltwater. The collection, which includes 45 fish species and eight invertebrate species, depicts live along the longest natural reef in the world, Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
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