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Dallas World Aquarium and The West End

30 Jul

What to do on a hot Texas summer day? We decided to hit Dallas.

The DWA has a whole section called Mundo Maya… “an eight-story, immersion exhibit that takes visitors from the waters of the Yucatan’s gulf coast to the highland rainforests. This great culture believed that nature did not need to be conquered or subdued. Many plants and animals were given important roles in their daily lives. The land of the ancient Maya included the countries of modern day Belize and Guatemala, the western parts of Honduras and El Salvador, and five Mexican states (Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Campeche and Chiapas).”

Chac Uayab Xoc

The Mayan fish god. He was regarded as the one who provided fish for the fisherman, but he also devoured drowned fisherman.

Whoa! That was close. The shark tunnel is so cool. They’re swimming all around us!

We were bewildered when 2 ornately clad native people walked by us blowing a bone horn. I thought we should follow them. Turns out we were about to witness native Mayan dancing! It was fabulous and beautiful.

Sadie poses with one of the performers. Yes, those are real macaws perched on his back.

Here’s a clip of the dance to celebrate fire and water.

Sadie takes a seat to ‘read’ the map. What have we missed that’s a must see?

The DWA has a ramp that gradually descends down through the various levels of the rainforest. It’s unlike any aquarium we’ve ever seen. The center of the rainforest is not caged. The birds and primates have a large area and are not separated (except by space) from the viewing ramp. Here Elijah sizes up one of the birds that has come to visit.

After the aquarium, we walked to the West End of Dallas for some Texas BBQ at Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse – Mmmmmm. Sometimes you just need some BBQ.

Then we hit the candy store on the way back to the car. What a way to spend a hot day!

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Posted by on July 30, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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5 responses to “Dallas World Aquarium and The West End

  1. velezfamily

    July 30, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Cool close-up with Elijah and the bird! We’ve never seen the Mayan dancers up close – looks like you guys had a primo vantage point. Rock on, aquarium crew. Rock on.

     
  2. darcy

    July 30, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    you guys do the coolest stuff… I’m so jealous and so tempted to bring the kids down!!!!!

     
  3. waltzingthroughlife

    July 30, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Wow! Those Mayan dancers were amazing!
    I loved the “pan” to the kids’ faces! Those expressions were priceless. 🙂

    We would love to go back there again — I just wish it were cheaper!! 🙂

     
  4. sixcrazykanes

    July 31, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Cool dancers! All the times I have been there I have never seen them!

     
  5. Debra

    August 2, 2008 at 10:28 am

    It seems like a fun place to be with children

     

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