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Downtown Aquarium, Denver

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See more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits and over 500 species of animals at Downtown Aquarium. Follow one two inside pathway for freshwater species from local rivers and lakes, and the other pathway for ocean species. Your fingers can explore crabs and stingrays in the touch tanks. Watch for plaques marking exhibits with rare or endangered species. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Downtown Aquarium and many more Denver attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Denver trip itinerary planner.
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  • Great place to go during the week mid-day if you don't like big crowds. We went on a Tuesday around 4:30pm and was able to really take our time and get great pics without the wait! The shark tank was ...  more »
  • It was Ok. It's small, more fresh water fish than marine exhibits. Good if you have little kids and need something to do on a rainy day. There are certainly better aquariums out there.  more »
  • I was pleasantly surprised by the aquarium! We loved it! It was a little crowded on Memorial Day weekend but other than that we had an awesome time and really enjoyed our first visit to the aquarium. ...  more »
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  • The aquarium is fun and beautiful but for what it is is overpriced. They charge extra for kid activities like face painting and feeding the sting rays which is understandable but it adds up quick. I'd prefer a visit to the Denver Zoo or Denver Museum of Natural History for the price you pay here. We did have fun though!
  • I ate at the restaurant downstairs and had a wonderful meal! We were seated next to one of the multiple fish tanks with a front row seat for the mermaid shows. Our server was super friendly and very attentive as well. I will definitely be back if ever in the Denver area again!
  • The aquarium is laid out as a nice loop that you can go through many times. The flash flood simulation is very fun but mind the wet zone signs! There is a cute mermaid show that kids enjoy. The fish seem to be laid out starting with the more typical fish and ending with the more exciting so you keep your interest the whole way through. It is a tad expensive.
  • The aquarium is way over priced! We went with our 3 children and it was 80 bucks. We were in line for 45 minutes and there were only 3 small groups ahead of us. At 5 pm the rates are dropped in half and by the time we were paying for our tickets it was past 5 o'clock. I asked why they are charging us full price as the sign above says the rates are half priced after 5. They informed us that we were in the building before 5 so the lowered rate does not apply to us. The entire place smelt like mildew and mold. I understand its an aquarium and I have been to plenty and know to expect a strong scent but it was to the point that I had to breath through my mouth vs my nose because I was going to get sick with the smell. The entire tour (going at a glacial pace as my 2 year old wanted to walk) only last 25 minutes and that includes taking time to read all the information boards at the exhibits. The restaurant is over priced and the gift shop is a joke. Parking also cost 7 bucks minimum. Very dissatisfied with our experience.
  • Really nice aquarium and pretty clean too. I like how they had themed exhibits that went outside of typical water/ocean theme such as the Rain forest area. I didn't quite understand the ending part of the tour as it was a crowded one room area that had lines backing up into walkways and it didn't make sense, but maybe they are renovating? The aquarium walk through was shorter than expected, maybe 1 hr to 1.5 hrs time spent there without the 4D movie or carousal.