Downtown Aquarium, Houston

2.7
#3 of 12 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. 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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  • August 14, 2017
    This has become a go-to destination for us when we want to avoid the elements - heat or rain! It's not too big, but there's enough to do to really kill an entire day, especially if the outdoor part is...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Maybe I went on a bad day, or maybe Sunday's aren't the best days to go, but the aquarium was super disappointing ! Extremely extremely crowded .. to the point where everyone was just rudely pushing p...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The Aquarium also has many fish of many kinds there are very beautiful Tigers and the wheel of Fortune I loved a very nice view and many games
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  • July 4, 2017
    This place ROCKED!!! The kids (8,11,14) and husband loved it. We dined for lunch on a Friday in July. I was pleasantly surprised that it was not packed. The food was great and our server was outstanding. Thank you Bobbie for taking care of us. Oh, and save room for dessert, it was awesome. The portions are large so I was glad we shared entrees with the kids and 4 of us shared one dessert. We will be back!
  • July 1, 2017
    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! This place rocks! We were traveling through Houston and the Aquarium restaurant had tons of parking and we were seated immediately. People seemed scared to get up and walk around and view the fish...I wasn't! I think I started a movement, as others got up and started to view with their kids. As for the food, I had the onion stack for a meal and it was yummy. Fried pickles, onions and hot peppers, it was awesome. My kids loved their meal and my wife loved her lettuce wraps. A great experience! Go!!!!
  • June 27, 2017
    Wasn't very big of an aquarium l, was surprised when we came to the exit. Also the novelty of a white tiger is nice but let us be aware that these are not natural but bred that way for public appeal. The best part about it was the train ride that, unless you upgrade for $6.00, you don't have access to. So all in all not the best experience but something quick to do if you have little ones that are awed by colors and fish.
  • June 17, 2017
    OMG! My family and I love the Houston downtown Aquarium! They have awesome seafood! My 7yr old is always impressed by and ready to gaze upon the many fish in their huge tank/ aquarium that literally sits in the center of the restaurant! I love the ambiance of the aquarium front the seating to the lighting....perfect! And you must obtain one of their select club card memberships! It has given back to me and my family on several occasions. If you are ever in Houston or near the downtown area you must check this place out, their awesome!
  • June 4, 2017
    The wait to be seated is usually very long but what can you expect from such a popular restaurant!! Never had any bad experiences with the food nor people there. Great mood and good food! However, I wish they can mention to the CEO of Downtown Aquarium to have a more of a non-seafood selection rather then seafood selection items.

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