DALLAS — Families looking to experience the nature of the rain forest can do so just a few hours from Oklahoma City at the Dallas World Aquarium.
At the aquarium, visitors take tours of multiple exhibits recreating natural habitats from around the world.
As visitors walk to the admission booth, they are taken through a winding path that recreates the wilds of the southeast Asian island of Borneo, featuring birds, fish and mammals of the region.
Once visitors go past the main entrance, the rain forest opens before them.
The biodiversity of the rain forest is explored in the Orinoco Secrets of the River exhibit. The exhibit immerses visitors into the world of the South American rain forest, highlighting this important ecosystem.
Endangered animals, including the Orinoco crocodile, are part of the exhibit. Since 2003, more than 100 Orinoco crocodiles have hatched at the aquarium, with 55 returning to their native Venezuela.
In the aquarium portion, marine life including jellyfish and sea dragons impress patrons with their natural beauty.
Outside, black-footed penguins frolic in a South Africa exhibit that recalls their natural habitat.
The Dallas World Aquarium makes it possible for attendees to feel they've stepped back in time with the Mundo Maya exhibit, which recreates the world of the Mayans, including the wildlife that lived in the Mayan region.
The walk-through 40-foot tunnel of the Cenote exhibit features a 400,000-gallon tank filled with sharks, rays, swordfish and other sea creatures present on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Continue your aquatic theme at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.
The hotel and resort, 4150 N MacArthur Blvd. in Irving, is Texas' only AAA Five Diamond Resort. There are four pools on the property, and family activities are scheduled each weekend.
In summer, Grill 'n' Chill by the Family Pool from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays offers traditional backyard-style fare, followed by the Dive In Movie, where a family-friendly film is projected on a screen at the pool. Viewers can watch in floats and lounge chairs.