Downtown Aquarium

Downtown Aquarium, Denver: Hours, Address, Downtown Aquarium Reviews: 4/5

Downtown Aquarium
Architectural Buildings • Aquariums
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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This new innovative aquarium offers self-guided tours through two separate ecosystems, the Colorado River and the Indonesian River.
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Dallas, TX731 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
I have never been to the Denver aquarium and so we decided to take my mother and check it out. It was on a Saturday and we had reserve tickets for 2 PM. When we arrived it was a little confusing to figure out where to pick up our reservation and still had to wait in the ticket line so that was frustrating. Once inside we enjoyed seeing all of the fish tanks and large variety of fish and sea animals. It was a Saturday so it was very crowded. The tanks all seemed pretty clean and the fish healthy. We spent about two hours going through the aquarium. We had dinner reservations at the aquarium restaurant so finished and had to wait about an hour for our reservation, which we sat in the bar and had a drink. I felt the gift shop could have used some more unique items featuring clown fish since finding Nemo is so popular. I also felt ticket prices were a little steep as it would be an expensive outing for a family with children.
Written April 25, 2022
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david m
Chubbuck, ID442 contributions
May 2021
When we first arrived to Denver before we headed to the hotel, we went to the Downtown Aquarium. It was an awesome attraction. We loved seeing the fish from around the world and Denver. Our kids loved it. Also the restaurant was awesome too! We would recommend anybody who has kids or loves aquariums to pay the price and make reservations because this attraction was indeed one of the best ones we experienced.
Written June 7, 2021
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Des Moines, IA23 contributions
Oct 2020
We visited on our trip and bought the city pass, we weren't aware that we had to select a time slot since all the other places we visited did not allow us to pre-select a time with the city pass and the website did not make it obvious we were able to with our city pass at first. The first time we went we were told by the parking attendant that we needed a time and they had to tell us how to reserve it with the city pass on the website so we ended up coming back the next day with a reservation. We were there for about 45 minutes to an hour and were not overly impressed in anyway. It looks so big from the outside that we really thought there would be a lot to see. About 1/2 way through the exhibit we noticed a sign that said service animals were not allowed through the rest of the aquarium since they can cause stress to the animals, although we did not have a service dog we kinda felt like there would be no point in stopping for the money you spend if you did have one since you couldn't see everything. It was a little weird having tigers in the middle of the aquarium and they kinda felt out of place even for the theme. We were left wondering were the rest of the fish were when we got to the end. I understand the upkeep of the building and cost of the fish care is expensive but for our family we didn't find it worth it to us and probably won't be visiting again when in Colorado.
Written October 25, 2020
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Chantel B
Aurora, CO1 contribution
Apr 2022
We went to check out the Denver aquarium with our small son. We paid for tickets online (roughly $52.00) for two adults and our son is under 2 so he was free. Parking is $8 a car (couldn't find any other available parking and we had "timed tickets" for 3pm. Not sure why the tickets have time slots as you still have to wait in the very long line and then once inside it is VERY crowded. Our stroller was bumped and pushed. You couldn't really see anything in the tanks due to the overwhelming amount of people. The enclosures/tanks need A LOT of upkeep as they are dingy and look as if they haven't been cleaned in a while. Now for the worst of it.. THE TIGER enclosure. This animal does not have access to fresh air, outdoors and is in this make shift enclosure. (Mike the tiger at LSU stadium is in better conditions then this poor animal).
This was a very overpriced family day out. We decided to stop at the gift shop to see if they had any ocean books or any books really as we encourage our son to look at a lot of books. WELP I should have known that there would be none based on how the whole atmosphere felt like a pet store with exotic animals and fish. The employees were very unfriendly and looked as if they were bored/miserable. I understand working on the weekends is not ideal but come 'on show a little compassion for your job. Oh well this is a one and done for us and we will detour any family that comes to visit from visiting this establishment.
Written April 2, 2022
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Shirley P
Springfield, IL4 contributions
Sep 2020
We were traveling to Estes Park from Illinois and had time to stop in to see the Denver Aquarium. As we approached the parking attendant he asked if we had tickets because we had to purchase them online. We had not! There was no indication that tickets MUST be purchased in advance, and when we tried to do so, nothing was available. The site did show you could do so, but not that it was required. Very disappointing and a waste of drive time. As we headed home a week later we tried again, purchasing our tickets 15 minutes in advance as we pulled into the parking lot. . (It looked like they would expire if we had traffic or other issues causing a delay one hour after The designated admission time) unfortunately the walk through the aquarium only took a little over an hour and was not even worth the cost of admission for four adults in a city the size of Denver we were expecting so much more. Only If you have small children who had never been to an aquarium, and had a coupon, it would be worth it
Written October 1, 2020
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Bossier City, LA551 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
This is a unique aquarium in that it’s not just fish tanks but really they did a good job with the backgrounds and tanks. There is even a tiger (?), a macaw, and a demonstration of a flash flood with lightning and the whole works. There are sharks, turtles, frogs, and snakes. And a large tank where you can touch manta (?) rays. Parking is nearby and costs $8. Be aware that you must purchase tickets online in advance and that not all the events, etc are still not open again.
Written May 19, 2021
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Denver, CO51 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
The entrance fee for the aquarium exhibit is quite reasonable for the price (if you think about the maintenance, staff compensation, animals' meal and vitamins, etc.). My friends from Arizona and California went to visit us here in Colorado and we went here walk-in and we got lucky that there is still a spot left for the exhibit. I had fun touching the stingrays and I feel like they love communicating with humans as long as you respect them and I had fun watching the tiger playing his big ball. As for the health protocol, they do have hand sanitizers scattered in every corner and they are practicing the 6ft social distance and mandatory mask for the employees and guests. The only downside when we went there is that some of the exciting areas were closed that's why I am only giving it a 4-star rate.

Overall, going here in Downtown Aquarium reminds me of my childhood and my school's fieldtrip.

I would definitely love to comeback to try their Aquarium Restaurant! I heard its good so I will definitely give it a try soon. I also hope that when I come back, I will see the areas that were closed.
Written September 14, 2020
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Mansfield, TX4,895 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
This is a great aquarium that is easy to explore. We went on a weekday right when they opened and we had the whole place to ourselves. It was wonderful. You will pay $8 for self park and one child and two adults was $64.50 for only the aquarium exhibits. I would plan one to two hours. There are many great medium sized exhibits that are easy to navigate. The experience is much more intimate than some of the major aquariums and definitely less hassle. All ages should enjoy. I can recommend this aquarium and I will return again!

Written March 10, 2020
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Albuquerque, NM34 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We did not know this was a chain of Aquariums. My son in law kept stating he waiting for “Joe Exotic” to come out from hiding. We were so angry that we wasting our money and time. It was dirty, over crowded, and seriously not a good time. The beginning was trying to be forced to take a picture at the entrance, that it created a long line to get in. The girl (employee of another company) blocking us from entering was rude and angry that we did not want to take a picture. The restaurant (Landry’s) was not worth the money. Also we sat there for 45minutes waiting for our food. The manager had to track it down to have it brought to us with hot Cole slaw and tarter sauce, because it sat under the heat lamp. He was given the food that was not to be cooked and asked for a appropriate temp. We were really sad that we wasted over $100+ for this waste of time and realized it’s just a money making side show.
Written July 18, 2021
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Brooklyn Park, MN2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
This aquarium is not worth the money nor the time to walk through the exhibits. The whole places feels tacky and unkept. Throughout the whole aquarium we came upon multiple dead fish which was extremely sad to see. Not only that, but why does an aquarium need to have tigers? Those poor tigers should be relocated. No employees around to ask questions. Ticket booth had poor customer service. The tanks were all dirty with smudges. Just, not worth your money.
Written August 27, 2021
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Downtown Aquarium is open:
  • Sun - Thu 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM

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