This holiday break, take the kids on a trip around the world at SeaQuest Fort Worth. The 27,000-square-foot interactive aquarium, which opened last month at Ridgmar Mall, features up-close and personal explorations of exotic sea life in a Caribbean cove, life in an Amazon rainforest and reptiles found in a Middle Eastern desert and Australian outback. Sharks and eels are waiting to be hand-fed near a replica of the Great Wall of China. Guests can even “snorkel with the stingrays.”
Species such as octopus, iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds and thousands of other creatures are on hand to see and learn about. Lucky (or well-timed) guests can even get a glimpse at a mermaid, who poses for photos during regularly scheduled appearances. Tickets are $9.95 for ages 2-11, $14.95 for those 12 and up, and $10.95 for ages 55 and older and military with picture ID. Children under 2 are free, and discounted tickets are available online. Annual memberships range $59.95 to $199.95. Snorkeling with the stingrays is an additional charge and reservations are required. SeaQuest is inside Ridgmar Mall at 1974 Green Oaks Road in Fort Worth and is open every day. 682-235-5752, www.seaquestaquariums.com/fortworth.