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Downtown Aquarium

700 Water Street, Denver, CO 80211
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Ranked #34 of 141 Attractions in Denver
Type: Aquariums, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: This new innovative aquarium offers self-guided tours through two separate ecosystems, the Colorado River and the Indonesian River.
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Camarillo, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
26 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Smaller aquarium than we are used to - paid ~$38 for two adults (kids over 11 are full price). The staff was helpful and we enjoyed seeing the fish and otters (the tiger was incredible but definitely needs to be in a bigger enclosure). Walking slowly and looking at every tank we were still done in ~1 hour. Little children... More

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Denver, Colorado
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117 reviews 117 reviews
65 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Nice experience but definitely not great. The aquatic life on display is nothing to really make you say 'wow'. Random tiger exhibit seems awfully cramped.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

Had a great time at the aquarium. I have been to larger ones in bigger cities, but this one was a lot of fun. It had a lot of character and all of the kids that were there seemed to really enjoy it just as we did. Great day out, especially on a chilly rainy day.

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90 reviews 90 reviews
44 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This Downtown Aquarium is fun for people of all ages. The little ones will like the variety of size of fish, and the parents will learn exciting facts from the signs. Many surprises -- like bug-eyed fish that see in the dark, and minnows that are 12" long. This place is 95% FISH...maybe 4 turtles, 4 frogs, 4 reptiles... And... More

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Merrick, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

When planning our family trip to Denver I inquired about whether to visit the aquarium or children's museum with my 15m old son. Most recommended the aquarium and it didn't disappoint. My 15m old loved the attractions and exhibits. His favorite part was petting the sting rays. I don't have much aquarium experience to which I could compare this visit,... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The Aquarium was really well laid out with plenty to look at. There was a school visit by nursery children who could explore safely with plenty to keep them interested The only disappointment for us was that 2 drinks area were closed and there was a 30minute wait for the restaurant - we only wanted to get a cold drink,... More

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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We were visiting Colorado Springs, but made the hour drive to Denver for the Aquarium. It did not disappoint! The Aquarium had lots of animals and once you pay you can go through as many times as you like. We missed the otters and went back through a second time. The on sight restaurant is really pricey for what you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This aquarium had many beautiful fish displays, and had gorgeous ecosystems for the fish. The colors of the plants and fish were amazing. The sharks were fun to watch, and the otters, of course. They had some tigers there also, which were truly beautiful and majestic. The folks there are very friendly, and it is a very enjoyable experience.

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Montreal, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

First and foremost, Denver is one of the most beautiful cities in the US I have seen to date. The Downtown Aquarium is just stunning , from start to finish it just fantastic. I wanted to go through a second time just hw nice it was. Take your time and take pictures, its a great memory. The Desert scene with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Got to see a lot of different fish and a tiger! Was very enjoyable. We went to landreys for a late lunch and the food was amazing!

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