Where can you feed a huge tortoise or caiman, hold a parakeet, pet a capybara, or actually swim with stingrays? The answer is at SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium in Fort Worth! The aquarium just opened in November, 2017, and we were so excited to get to visit! While there are larger aquariums in the DFW Metroplex, what makes SeaQuest so unique is that you actually can feed and touch almost all the animals!
Well, not the sharks….
But they do have some amazing animals, like these cute hermit crabs!
The Sulcata Tortoises are allowed free run of the aquarium, and you can purchase food anytime to feed them! They are one of the largest land tortoises, and can live up to 150 years!
The staff was very helpful and friendly. This keeper is showing the kids how to use 2 fingers, zoo fingers, to pet the snake.
This little bearded dragon was so friendly!
My son loved the iguana habitat, where we could go inside and pet them! There were several, and while you could buy food to feed them, we chose to just pet them! I like that you don’t have to purchase food to be allowed inside any of the animal enclosures!
You can also feed these little caiman, just not by hand!
My son fell in love with these 2 month old capybaras, named Alvin, Simon and Theodore! They are adorable! The capybara is native to South America, and is the world’s largest living rodent!
The staff still bottle feeds them, and you can purchase hay to feed them!
The Aquarium also has birds! There are so many cute parakeets, and they all come to roost on your hand, especially if you have a little food (but again, not necessary)!
There is also a daily bird talk. We got to meet Ra, a Sun Conure. Ra is still a juvenile, but these neat birds can live for 30 years and are native to Northeast South America.
Swimming with the Stingrays was AMAZING, and we loved it! We’re already talking about going back with friends! The stingrays were SO sweet and friendly! Our favorite is a little cownose stingray named Nubs because he’s missing part of his tail. He stayed near us almost the entire time!
They have several different types of stingrays in the tank, as well as guitarfish and grey smooth-hound sharks. I was able to swim down and hand feed a guitarfish, which was a huge thrill for me, too!
Our guide, Taylor, was terrific and stayed with us, but let us explore all over the tank! He was also very knowledgeable about all the animals!
There is an additional fee to swim with the stingrays, $29.99 for members and $39.99 for everyone else. But it’s COMPLETELY worth it! A session last about 35-45 minutes!
A few tips for Swimming with the Stingrays
- If possible, arrive early to enjoy the aquarium, and make this your last activity, so you’re not walking around with wet hair.
- Wear your swimsuit under your clothes. A tight fitting suit fits best in the wetsuit.
- For younger children, just use the goggles if they aren’t comfortable with the snorkel.
- Bring a towel and dry clothes!
Things To Do in Fort Worth
The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens offer FREE admission and parking, as well as 23 specialty gardens to enjoy located on over 7 acres! Click HERE for more information.
Trinity Park stretches out along the Trinity River, with playgrounds, a depot for the Trinity Park Railroad Train, and is home to numerous festivals throughout the year. Click HERE to read more.
Flight Deck Trampoline Park is a fun place to take the kids to play! Click HERE for more information.
We love the Woodshed Smokehouse on the Trinity River. Click HERE for more information.
The Hilton Garden Inn has a great heated pool that my kids love all year long! Click HERE for more information.
SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium
1974 Green Oaks Rd., Fort Worth
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