KSAT gets sneak peek at new San Antonio Aquarium

Interactive exhibits lets visitors touch, feed animals

SAN ANTONIO – The new San Antonio Aquarium is one-of-a-kind.

It has adorable seahorses, quirky garden eels and fluttering stingrays, but the aquarium is about more than watching -- it's about interacting.

"I have six children of my own at home and we built it thinking, 'What do they like?' They want to touch and feel and experience," said San Antonio Aquarium CEO Vince Covino. "(Visitors) can reach in and touch a giant pacific octopus, they can touch sharks, they can feed sting rays, the parakeet exhibits, they can go in the aviaries and feed them, they can feed the iguanas."

Covino says his aquarium is expected to see thousands of visitors pour in, including families, field trips, corporate parties.

He said he's expecting "3,000 to 5,000 people every day."

It opens to the public Dec. 17.

Membership fees will be 50 percent off for a limited time and all foster, disadvantaged, and disabled children can enter for free.

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