Downtown Aquarium, Houston

2.8
#4 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in Texas Gulf Coast
In addition to 200 aquatic species and a variety of exhibits, Downtown Aquarium also features a restaurant, games and rides, and a ballroom for events. The complex, housed in two repurposed downtown buildings, boasts almost 2 million l (530,000 gal) of tanks. Visit themed areas, such as the Louisiana Swamp, the Gulf of Mexico, the Rainforest, and more, all filled with their associated creatures. Hop on board the site's train for a loop of the entire facility, passing the shark tank and revving through glass aquarium tunnels. If you work up an appetite, enjoy a meal at the restaurant, where you can dine on seafood specialties in front of one of the main display tanks. Visit the website to make reservations and get information on special events. Downtown Aquarium is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Houston Edition.
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  • We visited the Aquarium over the holiday. I was expecting it to be very busy but it really was not. I was expecting the Aquarium to be a little bigger than it was but it was still nice & very clean. T...  more »
  • We visited the aquarium on Good Friday. Glad I bought the City Pass because I’m not sure it’s worth the $20 admission price. With the City pass we were able to view the aquarium and stingrays. The sti...  more »
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  • The aquarium itself is not super impressive as far as amount of fish and animals to be seen. However, the extra stuff was really fun and impressive. Definitely get the day pass that lets you do all the rides and see the stingrays, don’t buy tickets just to the aquarium part alone. The train ride was really fun and took you underneath a shark tank which was amazing. The Ferris wheel was also a great sight seeing attraction and you can fit your whole family inside (I think up to 6?). There were three rides we didn’t do but looked fun. The stingray exhibit was amazing—you could pet and feed them (feeding cost extra). They also have certain nights where they play live music. Overall, not greatly impressed with the aquarium but loved the overall experience. Lots of places to sit. Pretty stroller friendly. Lots to do.
  • Nice, fairly small aquarium. Specimens are well displayed. The stingray reef, with “touch” is a nice feature. The shark voyage (extra and outside) is a nice touch, as is the Ferris wheel. The white tiger display is excellent. The restaurant is another matter. Happy hour is a bargain with excellent appetizers and very modest prices. However our entree (fried seafood platter) was pedestrian. Other entrees have to be better, since the restaurant has a fairly good reputation. Doubt that we would eat there again.

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