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Downtown Aquarium, Houston

(2.6/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
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. Take a look at our Houston trip generator to schedule your visit to Downtown Aquarium and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Loved the whole experience including the beautiful fishes, shark experience although it was a bit short, feeding the sting rays and the bengal tiger! It was much better than the horribly kept Houston ...  more »
  • My daughter and I enjoyed our visit here. One of the highlights is riding the train into the shark tunnel. They also have a few rides but go in the off season or your wait in line is horrible  more »
  • I recently visited the Houston Aquarium and was very excited. After all, aquariums are always beautiful and fascinating. This one, though... well, is average. They have a nice species collection, but ...  more »
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  • Excellent place to take kids. Adults will enjoy it as well. The restaurant has good options. The exhibits can keep you busy for the whole day. There are also rides outside that are fun for the whole family. The stingray exhibit is a lot of fun for the kids. They could lower the price of the feed fish. Overpriced for the small amount of feed.
  • Restaurant was neat with great service, food was good and the seafood tasted very fresh. The service was quick and the wait staff were very friendly. It's pricey but worth the atmosphere, especially for our 3 year old She loved watching the fish swim around as she ate. The attractions are all fun and a great value for the all-day pass. The only drawback was coming on a Monday as not all of the attractions were open but a very nice attendant went and opened the kids ride for my daughter. I would imagine this place is even more fun on the weekends but even on a slow Monday it is still a lot fun and a great value.
  • Very small aquarium. The place was dirty. The tiger exhibit closed. Everyone was jammed packed in there. The rides u cant even get on because the lines are so long. Not worth the money or time
  • Aquarium was really fun. They had a lot of exhibits and I thought it was fun for any age. A little random (white tiger-super beautiful, tarantula, crocodiles) but the variety was good. Great prices. We went in the evening (it's November) and hardly anyone was there. Great things for kids to do. Definitely worth the money to get the all day pass. The sting ray exhibit was way cooler than I thought it would be. Sting rays are so sweet and friendly. Worth the time to go if you're thinking about it!
  • I loved this place, very nice and the park was fun with great music. This place is also good for the kids. The rides are fun and entertaining. There are lots of fish to look at. The food and service was okay.