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Downtown Aquarium, Houston

#4 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in Texas Gulf Coast
Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
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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 Edition.
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  • After thinking about our experience for the last couple days, I believe it would be best to let all know what transpired for us during our (6):birthday celebration. During the reservation process we were required to place a $100.00 deposit and were required to have a bill of $480.00 minimum. Our reservation was at 5:30 PM for 13 people, we were advised that we could not sit down until at least 50% of our party had arrive. We had 80% at 5:15 PM, I advised the arrival clerk that we were ready to be seated, she told us that they were preparing the table and it would be ready in about 5 minutes. At 5:40 PM, i asked why we haven't been seated she stated that someone in our sitting area would not leave, and we would have to wait until they left. That was unacceptable, due to the fact that we were told that we were going to have a private room. The server was good, considering that he and he alone waited on us. When we requested the check, the $100.00 deposit was not credited to the balance. If it had not been questioned, we truly believe that they would have just kept the reservation deposit. They sent two managers out to explain what happened, they were not professional at all, and need to be re-trained on how to interact with their guests. The check stated that the 18% gratuity was preferred, but we were advised that the amount was mandatory. The server never came back to the table to say thank you for coming or any other comment after we questioned the deposit mishap. They need to upgrade their "guest services", until we read that there has been improvement in this regard, we will not be returning.
  • A smaller aquarium, but still quite nice. There are many species of fish and also a few reptiles, insects, and even a tiger. The habitats seem good for most of the Animals. The tiger area might be a bit small for that big guy however. There is an interactive section where you can touch some stingrays which is pretty cool. There's also some amusement park rides out back. Overall, it's a small but well maintained aquarium doing good with the space they have. A nice place to spend an afternoon with your family.

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