Sharks, alligators, fish from every corner of the world, penguins--they have it all at the Dallas World Aquarium. The aquarium is divided into four major areas: Aquarium, Rainforest, Mundo Maya, and South Africa. Each of these four sections are separate from each other. As you walk through the different sections you will realize the intricate planning and designing that must have taken place to really make you feel that you have been transported to the particular ecosystem you are surrounded by.
The Aquarium section is a room divided into multiple smaller aquariums, each containing fish from a different region of the world. They include fish from just about every corner of the world. This section is located on the bottom floor with water surrounding you so you feel as though you are actually submerged hundreds of feet below the ocean. In this room of multiple aquariums, you will be able to stare forever at some of the bright and flourescent colored creatures swimming around.
Another exhibit of the aquarium is the rainforest. The rainforest is a huge three-story room taking you through a simulation of the different canopy levels in a rainforest and the animals that live in each canopy. You will really feel part of the rainforest as you walk along the wooden pathways surrounded by enormous green trees, bushes, birds whizzing around, and the bond pelow containing manatees, sting rays, etc.
The South African exhibit is located outside and houses the penguins. Penguins don't need much explanation, they be fun to watch no matter what the exhibit looks like. The Central American habitats are portrayed Mundo Maya section. Highlights of Mundo Maya inlcude jaguras, snakes, and crocodiles. Mundo Maya is organized like the rainforest with three levels. Each level contains animals that you would find in that particular environment. All the habitats are real and authentic, with my favorite being the rainforest, where you actually feel like you are walking through South America. Another high point is that they have all kinds of animals, not just fish.
Although a little pricey, it is definitely worth a visit. It will take around 2-4 hours to walk through all the exhibits. They also have a movie theatre with documentaries on various animals that last about 30 minutes each. It is easily accessible from the major freeways. The website has directions from just about anywhere: http://www.dwazoo.com/directions.html.