Downtown Aquarium is a public aquarium and restaurant located in Houston, Texas, United States that was developed from two Houston landmarks: Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. The aquarium is located on a 6-acre (2.4 ha) site at 410 Bagby Street in downtown Houston. It houses over 200 species of aquatic animals in 500,000 US gallons (1,900,000 l) of aquariums. The complex includes two restaurants, a bar, and banquet facilities. It offers programs such as Marine Biologist for a Day, Zoologist for a Day, Sea Safari Camp, overnight stays and more. The education department works with school groups and conducts outreach programs.
The Downtown Aquarium in Houston is owned and operated by Landry's, Inc. and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 8:30 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 8:30 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 8:30 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 8:30 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 10:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 10:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 8:30 PM|
Joyce Randon | Feb 5, 2018
I really enjoyed myself! The atmosphere was really romantic the fish made it just a perfect backdrop for wonderful evening with a very special friend! Food was out of this world! Was a little too spicy for me, the manager had the same dish made not so spicy. Myself and my date will be back!
Jamal Stephenson | Mar 4, 2018
Smaller aquarium than what was expected however they had a pretty decent selection of Aquatic Life on display as well as some reptilian and the showstopper most definitely would be the white tigers. My daughter really enjoyed the stingray Exhibit near the restaurant. All in all a great visit look forward to have an opportunity to go again.
Ashley Wilson | Jan 8, 2018
Unfortunately we went into the exit, so we only got to see the last half of the aquarium before I got too tired (chemo treatments suck) and we had to leave, but it was amazing what little we saw! You can pet and feed sea rays (sea flap flaps), there's a wonderful restaurant with a huge tank with lots of sea life, and there's a big multiple story tank by the stairs that has lots of fish. Outside of the aquarium there are lots of rides for children to be entertained by. There's also a building dedicated just to the sharks. It's definitely worth the money and great for kids and adults alike!
Jacqueline Finlay | Feb 18, 2018
This is the best family activity! The aquarium is indoor with tons to look at, and areas to feed certain fish. Outside they have a miniature amusement park complete with a train ride, roller coasters for every age, a ferris wheel with a great view of Houston, and carnival games. Above the aquarium is a fancy restaurant with great food. The restaurant prices are expensive, but the happy hour and Landry's club member card help to ease the financial pain. Our family spent over 6 hours at the downtown aquarium on our last trip to Houston, and we can't wait to go back!!
Kathy L | Nov 21, 2017
This place was super cool for kids and adults. It is so much more than an aquarium. It has rides and a train outside, a wonderful restaurant that is surrounded by the aquarium so you can view the wildlife floating by your table as you enjoy your brunch or lunch. The have rescued tigers and other animals. There is a bar too. It has a neat "touching" room where kids "of all ages" can pet / feel some of the aquarium animals. We have a very nice aquarium in Baltimore but this one is much more interactive. I would recommend it for an interesting tourist activity or just for lunch.
Jessica Souza | Apr 5, 2018
The aquarium is nice, but much smaller the other aquariums I've been to. There is a mini-theme park outside of the aquarium which was nice (Ferris wheel, carousel, drop tower and train ride). We went as two adults, but still did most of the rides. The biggest complaint was that the best parts of the aquarium are hidden. My fiancee didn't was to go on the train ride, but I dragged him on and it brings you under the shark tank... you don't get to see the sharks unless you take the train. Same thing with the restaurant. We weren't going to eat there, but the host said we could go up and look at it. The biggest tanks with the biggest and coolest fish were in the restaurant... and we were going to miss out.
Skye Reed | Mar 21, 2018
The food was AMAZING! Best coconut shrimp I've ever had. The aquarium itself is kind of small. If you have small children though it's perfect, not so long that they get bored and since they want to look at everything it takes a bit longer to walk through. I went without my child once and walked through the whole thing in maybe 30 mins tops. They do have an amusement park outside for the bigger kids, we have not been yet though as my daughter is still too little. Great family fun to be found here!
Norman Davis | Apr 2, 2018
Pretty good. Glad we got the City Pass so we didn't have to pay full price. This aquarium is on the small side. Plenty of cool marine life though. The white tiger is amazing to watch. Be sure to pet the stingrays!
Bryan Hendrix | Mar 13, 2018
For being in downtown, parking was pretty painless. I liked that it wasn't a all day thing compared to the zoo or space center Houston. The underground shark tank and white tiger were my highlights. We didn't eat at the restaurant so I don't have a input on that. The rides were fun, the lines moved at a steady pace. I recommend getting the all day pass instead of paying for each activitiy. Overall it was fun. (Also nice views of the downtown buildings including 700 Louisiana).
rick evans | Mar 28, 2018
The day of our visit was very crowded. The staff was pleasant, and the grounds were well kept. Everyone in my family felt the aquarium was smaller than expected for such a large city, but the fish and reptiles were beautiful and varied. We all enjoyed the train ride and petting the rays the most!
Lera Bozeman | Apr 7, 2018
Although I wish it were larger; my family had an excellent time. My two year old loved feeding the rays. It was a fabulous time even though we were there on spring break. Everyone was extremely courteous and friendly. Can't wait to go back on a not so busy day with my family.
Lisa Pederson | May 7, 2018
We were just driving through Houston and our daughter really wanted to stop. So we did. I love that you can just do a couple of things and not pay for the entire admission. We feed the sting eats and did the shark train. They were both worth the money. Next time we go through we will make time for the whole experience.
Denise Tounzen | Apr 12, 2018
Nice and clean. Nice displays. It is small, but we enjoyed it. The best value is the day pass for $21 that let's you into the aquarium and Sting Ray Reef, plus gets you on all of the rides. The restaurant is a bit pricey.
Rick O | Apr 24, 2018
Nice but small exhibits. Very quick to see everything. I was hoping for more, but i was not disappointed. Worth the trip if you've never been, but expect parking to be difficult.
Jessica Souza | May 23, 2018
The aquarium is nice, but much smaller than other aquariums I've been to. There is a mini-theme park outside of the aquarium which was nice (Ferris wheel, carousel, drop tower and train ride). We went as two adults, but still did most of the rides. The biggest complaint was that the best parts of the aquarium are hidden. My fiancee didn't was to go on the train ride, but I dragged him on and it brings you under the shark tank... you don't get to see the sharks unless you take the train. Same thing with the restaurant. We weren't going to eat there, but the host said we could go up and look at it. The biggest tanks with the biggest and coolest fish were in the restaurant... and we were going to miss out.
Valerie Lancaster | May 25, 2018
Cute aquarium. We ate there and that was super enjoyable. Good food, good service, and you could watch a huge number of fish from your table. We also could feed and pet rays. The aquarium itself was relatively small. I wish they had dedicated their space to fish exclusively, instead of using a chunk of their lot for a theme park. There was also weirdly a bird in a pretty small cage who was clearly uncomfortable/unsocial, and a tiger area for some reason. The tiger was cool, and conservation is obviously very important but... Tigers aren't really relevant to an aquarium? I didn't understand it I guess. Even something like otters or sea lions or seals would make more sense.
Caleb Johnson | May 17, 2018
Pretty small in comparison to other facilities, but overall a good experience. Eating in the restaurant upstairs makes the visit worth it. And while the facility is smaller, the variety of animals was a bit surprising. Beautiful fish impressively sized animals such as groupers, porcupine fish, skates and rays were great to see. Amusements/rides are a nice touch if that's something you enjoy.
Traci Hester | May 29, 2018
Cool place to go but not a lot of things to venture around and see for the price...with the family of our size. But the kids enjoyed it. Spent a good 2 hours in the "park". Moody gardens aquarium has alot more but this place is still cool especially given the location (right below the freeway) Bought the all day pass (sting Ray food is separate) valet parking is $10. Self parking is $8.
Angelique Blood | May 28, 2018
This place is spectacular. It is smaller than some I have been to in other states but it is absolutely a must see while in Houston. The staff is very friendly and informative. While visiting here make a point to stop by the restaurant. Both experiences were not disappointing.
mason kraft | Jul 8, 2018
Incredibly inhumane. This whole place is just a cash grab. You have to pay the see every different attraction they have, which is more like an amusement park than an aquarium. Just to see the sharks, you have to pay extra to ride this stupid train around and through a tunnel where the sharks are, which should just be a walkable path anyway. The shark tank is way too small for the sharks. They have a sand shark designed for the open ocean and it can barely even turn around in it's own tank. The Corpus Christi aquarium has plenty of room for their sharks to roam, which is also included in the normal exhibits. Back to the Houston one- they also keep their tigers in a completely enclosed, concrete exhibit with no direct sunlight. It only has small portholes which lead to an outer shell which also has blue-tinted glass. These tigers essentially live their daily lives in a concrete dungeon. A lot of the large fish also don't have adequately sized tanks. I wish I looked into the place before going. We paid only 50% on ticket prices, but I wish we didn't spend anything on them. The main exhibits only took us 30-40 minutes to get through. The whole place is a gimmick cash grab that doesn't treat it's animals correctly.
Dolores Ortiz | Jul 5, 2018
Its smaller than what I thought it would be. Not very many attractions for young adults. I feel like it's more for kids age 6yrs- 10yrs and seniors. The Dining is nice and very good food and have a view of the enormous aquarium. The bar is small and fits about 5-6 people. Looks bigger than what it is.
Luisa Galvan | Jun 17, 2018
Kids loved it!!!! We spent 5hrs there and didn't get to ride all the rides but definitely worth it! Kids loved everything about it. I recommend if visiting Houston to purchase the Houston city pass. You get to visit 5 attractions for the price of 1! Money well spent!!! Our kids are 5, 6 & 17.
Ryan Burns | Jun 21, 2018
The Downtown Aquarium is on a smaller scale in size for an aquarium but the price reflects that and seems fair. It has a very unique attraction with the white tigers. I almost like the white tigers more than I like the aquarium fish. The aquarium was nice though. It is focused more on larger fish than smaller colorful ones. There is also a lot to do outside the aquarium. There is a park with rides for kids and a few for adults. I would highly recommend the aquarium and the park for a family with kids. There is also a water park with water fountains that the kids can play in. The prices seem fair and you can purchase a day pass which includes almost everything--the park and the aquarium. There is also a train ride there that is very unique as it goes underneath a shark tank. Very cool.
Jacob Kosior | Aug 12, 2018
This is more commercial tourist trap than an aquarium. You can walk through the entire “aquarium” in about 6 minutes, at which point you’ll reach the main attraction of a white tiger in an indoor cage about the size of a 1 bedroom apartment. Had the protesters on the sidewalk advocating against the captive tiger been there when we arrived, we likely wouldn’t have gone inside. If you’re looking for a place to occupy the attention of your children, opt for a venue that doesn’t profit off animal cruelty.
A Gallegos | Jul 29, 2018
Perfect for children! If you're looking for some cheap entertainment for your children, the Downtown Aquarium is the place to go. Cost is $20 and really you can enjoy the majority of the rides and such as well as get in the Sting Ray Reef! It is a small place overall but the pleasure of seeing your kid's expressions are priceless. I would suggest going when the sun starts going down as it get really hot outside! The lines seem to be few after 7pm and you still have a good amount of time to ride the rides, take the tour and enjoy yourself!
Slade Isdale | Jul 23, 2018
My fiance and i visited because it was part of the Houston City Pass. We were excited to see an aquarium since it had been nearly a decade since we've seen one and we just were so unimpressed with the Houston Aquarium. For starters, you have to pay for parking. I mean really? it makes sense that they would do this though since its DOWNTOWN and parking is limited but maybe they could make the parking free with limited access for only aquarium visitors. The exterior of the building is very attractive and makes you want to visit this place and it was interesting to an extent. They took a different spin on the whole aquarium aspect but it was almost claustrophobic because of all of the greenery from the walls and ceiling (in my opinion though it was a nice touch). The sad thing though is that it literally took us 15 minutes to get through the whole aquarium. AND they have a white tiger. I mean that's cool and all, but a tiger at an aquarium??? I like that they have a stingray exhibit where you can pet/feed them as well. The restaurant seemed a bit too pricey for us to visit so we skipped. I'm sure the view from there would have been nice though.
mason kraft | Jul 30, 2018
Incredibly inhumane. This whole place is just a cash grab. You have to pay to see every different attraction they have, which is more like an amusement park than an aquarium. Just to see the sharks, you have to pay extra to ride this stupid train around and through a tunnel where the sharks are, which should just be a walkable path anyway. The shark tank is way too small for the sharks. They have a sand shark designed for the open ocean and it can barely even turn around in it's own tank. The Corpus Christi aquarium has plenty of room for their sharks to roam, which is also included in the normal exhibits. Back to the Houston one- they also keep their tigers in a completely enclosed, concrete exhibit with no direct sunlight. It only has small portholes which lead to an outer shell which also has blue-tinted glass. These tigers essentially live their daily lives in a concrete dungeon. A lot of the large fish also don't have adequately sized tanks. I wish I looked into the place before going. We paid only 50% on ticket prices, but I wish we didn't spend anything on them. The main exhibits only took us 30-40 minutes to get through. The whole place is a gimmick cash grab that doesn't treat it's animals correctly.
julie | Jul 19, 2018
We went here a few days ago and I have to say, this place is pretty small. The fishes aren't that spectacular but fun for kids. If you want to visit everything in the Aquarium, I suggest buying the All Day pass which basically gives you access to all the attractions, about $20 for adults and $19 for children, kids under 2 are free. Be prepared to wait in the hot sun, the lines to buy tickets are outside and there is no shade. The main attraction is probably the White Tiger... in an Aquarium... I would've give this place a 4 if it weren't for the rude lady we encountered when ordering or tickets. Rushing us while we were still making decisions and even told us "if you aren't going order then get out of the line." We didn't take that long and if it weren't for the other kind employees throughout the Aquarium, we would've been very disappointed with the establishment. Overall, if you've never seen fish in your life, come here. Along with that, it's an establishment kids and toddlers will enjoy. Giving the place props for recovering after the hurricane that flooding the place about 2 years ago.
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