As Jax is getting bigger and more active, I am finding it harder and harder to keep him entertained. The weather is starting to get cooler which means fewer days at the playground and more days inside. He is only about 1 & a half right now so that really limits both the difficulty of activities as well as the length of activities.
Today, with my mom in town to visit, we decided to venture out to Fort Worth, Texas (we live directly in the middle of Dallas and Fort Worth) to Ridgmar Mall to try out SeaQuest Fort Worth.
Honestly, I was a little skeptical when I realized the aquarium was inside the mall but it has 4.5 stars so I thought it was worth a shot and I am so glad we went!!
You can expect to see stingrays, sharks, turtles, snakes, lizards, and birds, among the many animals that call SeaQuest home. There are more than 300 species that on exhibit however they are rotated throughout the year!
During this visit we were able to tour the following exhibits:
The Great Wall of China
This exhibit is filled with Asian themed architecture and a “great wall” where we snagged this photo. Jaxon was able to feed the koi fish, mandarin ducks and various species of turtles in the pond and we learned about the unique breed of chicken, called silkies.
You’ll know when you get to this exhibit because it looks just like a ship! Of course, Jax isn’t old enough to realize that yet but I loved it! This tank is full of colorful tropical fish, small nurse sharks, and eels. I always get the chills around eels because they remind me of snakes…eeekkkkkk. Snakes that can breathe underwater… Luckily these are behind some thick glass so I’m safe. Jax couldn’t believe how big some of the fish were!
This exhibit is a tropical adventure! You view a wide variety of stingrays and exotic fish and are even able to pet the stingrays for FREE. If that isn’t enough for you, for only $30 you are able to actually SWIM with these gorgeous creatures. Fair warning though, I wanted to feed these and didn’t realize they ate raw fish. So when I used my token to get food at this exhibit I was handed a cup of sardines, heads and all. If you’re lucky you may even spot one of the resident mermaids who come out for photos!
While experiencing the dry desert climate and study the hieroglyphics on the wall of ancient ruins, we were able to feed the roaming sulcata tortoises, learn about large lizards and if you are really brave you can venture to where the snakes are honestly big enough to swallow you whole.
This exhibit is home to one of the most popular attractions, flocks of brightly colored lorikeets and parakeets and you even get a chance to feed them! When we first arrived at Sea Quest they told us that some of the “smarter” species know who has food and who doesn’t. You are able to purchase “feeding tokens” at the entrance and then use them at each exhibit to purchase small portions of the specific food each species eats.
In this exhibit, you will find several different species of sharks of various shapes and sizes. If you’re brave enough, you can even hand feed the sharks! These sharks are “not dangerous and are well-adjusted to hand feedings” according to the staff, however, I thought maybe that would be something we would try when he is a little older.
If you are only going for a day visit then you can just purchase a day pass.
However, if you live close enough and want to visit more often, the “season passport” is the best value for your money!
Bonus: Right now all passports are 35% off so we were able to do the Dual Annual Passport for only $71.95! That means we can come back anytime we want for the next year, as much as we want, and only have to purchase more “feeding tokens”.
Tokens can also be used to purchase snacks and drinks for humans as well as the animals. And if you don’t use them all, you can keep them for next time!
If you are looking for a fun, indoor activity in Fort Worth- I highly recommend trying out Sea Quest. You can even make a day out of it and spend some time working off extra energy in the children’s soft play area or grab lunch in the food court! We had a blast a Chick-fil-a after our adventure!
Let us know what you think!