Downtown Aquarium
Downtown Aquarium
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11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
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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  • CalifSue
    378 contributions
    Surprisingly nice visit!
    A bit on the expensive side and I was a bit apprehensive as it is a privately run aquarium, but it was an amazing place. I have been to many aquariums and this one for very clean, animals and facility seem well taken care of and it is fully staffed. I won't give away any surprises, but there were a few. There is a restaurant on site, but we did not visit it. We will be returning as it was just a few dollars more to buy a membership.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Sydney
    Saint Louis, Missouri211 contributions
    Small Aquarium
    This is a small aquarium and I wouldn't pay for it twice, especially given the cost. The shark tanks are quite large, and the staff were available to answer questions all throughout. The petting tank is also fun, but it isn't unique to this aquarium.
    Visited July 2022
    Written March 9, 2023
  • Susanne A
    Colorado Springs, Colorado74 contributions
    Great food and fun environment
    We decided to celebrate my husbands birthday at the restaurant. We’ve been there before but something was different this time. The food and service was good before but this last time it was great. We all really enjoyed our meals and look forward to going back.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 29, 2023
  • Aliah
    Mount Dora, Florida17 contributions
    Absolutely beautiful!
    I think the aquarium is large enough to be worth the price. There are multiple interactive exhibits. You can pay for extra things, but I think just the basic ticket was a satisfying experience. There were multiple large glass areas to view the animals. They also have two tigers which were fun to see! Don't go during peak hours because it can be rather crowded. Definitely great for children but adults will enjoy it too. From the fun mermaid show to the mesmerizing jellyfish, this place has it all. The food is iffy, but one doesn’t go to the aquarium expecting great food. The staff who do the shows are wonderful and really know their topics and do an excellent job. Worth a visit! You also get to pet and feed the stingrays, and swim with the fish or sharks!! They also have a gift shop, face painting, a 4D theater, and two otters I think! I also really enjoy the jungle/rainforest part of the aquarium! So many species of fish, sharks, and manta rays to name a few. There is also an added bonus of seeing a very colorful macaw. There’s also a flash flood exhibit, interactive learning, and so many tanks! The acoustics aren’t necessarily great for keeping the noise down.
    Visited January 2023
    Written May 3, 2023
  • kballtraveler
    Canton of Basel, Switzerland73 contributions
    A fine outing
    It was okay for an outing, but certainly not near the top on my list of aquariums visited. The highlight was definitely the sting ray pool at the very end. I was glad we had our sons rain gear along as we were able to keep him dry while he touched the rays.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Katie C
    Indianapolis, Indiana511 contributions
    Strange experience
    This was a very strange experience. The building is nice, and the restaurant is nice, but something seemed off. The tanks seemed very very full, and the available information on labels and otherwise very limited. We were constantly wondering what type of fish we were looking at or curious about a behavior we were seeing. There were very few, if any, staff members to be found to ask questions. One of the main questions we had was why this aquarium has tigers (??), but the labels did nothing to explain and there wasn't a staff member in sight. Overall we enjoyed our time, but we would have loved a more educational experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 20, 2023
  • Rebecca B
    Mount Pleasant, North Carolina698 contributions
    Aquarium has unusual fish
    We chose the aquarium due to having some extra time to kill. The aquarium is setup adequately and easy to find your way around to each exhibit. This aquarium seemed to have fish my bestie and I had not seen at other aquariums so that was pretty cool. The aquarium needs a restroom and water fountains on more than just the first level. They do have a cool looking restaurant with views of the tanks throughout, they also have a snack bar like eatery with coffee and drinks. (nonalcoholic and alcoholic varieties) The gift shop is pretty nice with lots of gift options for children. The parking is across the street with a short walk to the aquarium and the cost was only $8 so not that bad for downtown Denver.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Matthew H
    Los Angeles, California28 contributions
    Good for the family, great fish tanks!
    Charming and fun and unique. We got to sit right next to one of the big aquariums and the kids loved watching the fish in the huge tank. At first, we thought this was a museum-aquarium, but it's not. It's a theme restaurant with massive fish tanks and cool views. It's fun for the family, great to do after spending a hot day at the theme park, Eliches.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Lynn S
    Weston, Missouri6 contributions
    Good size, plenty to see
    I liked this aquarium, plenty of things to do and see, but not too long that you get bored. We only had a few things to point out, they have tigers, cool but a little weird, they had a board that said they were going to add some toys in with the tigers at 130. well people started showing up and hanging around , finally we asked when it was going to start, there were 2 employees there showing items the tigers play with. They didn't know why we were all there, I told them the sign says 130, she said that was at 1130, they need to put this where the other "1" can't get erased.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Megan L
    Rock Springs, Wyoming63 contributions
    Great aquarium!
    Beautiful, well planned Aquarium. The fish tanks were enormous and full of cool fish! Loved the flash flood room, that was incredible! I am a little weary about the tigers. They have been raised in captivity, but I think they need more room than what was provided. The stingray touch pool was great and you get to feed them!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
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Funtraveler2014
Mansfield, TX4,895 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Early
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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mbcor8
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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Shelley
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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Shirley P
Springfield, IL5 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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david m
Chubbuck, ID456 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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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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N0rmalee
Bossier City, LA673 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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eatsleeptour
Dallas, TX750 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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Lisa H
Woodland Park, CO102 contributions
Jan 2023
We visited the aquarium many years ago. Wow, it has gone seriously downhill since then. Many of the tanks were so dirty and algae filled you couldn’t see the fish. You are herded through like cattle with huge crowds. Large strollers were everywhere taking up a ton of space. If your kid is small enough to be in a large stroller they are not going to enjoy or remember it. The large tank with the sharks and large turtles have obviously lost a lot of animals. There are very few of them in the tank compared to the past. Water is incredibly murky. They were feeding the tigers when we were there. That was cool to watch. However, there are 3 big tigers in a very small area. 2 of them were fighting for 1 spot to rest. The 4 women that were feeding them were not giving any information to guests. They feed them and then just stood there talking to each other in the way. Didn’t give info to guests about them. The only employees we saw in the aquarium were at the tiger area to feed them and 1 to touch the starfish. Then at the end there were employees everywhere working all the extras at the end. Extras were a Starbucks, hurricane tunnel, build a bear, face painting, feed the stingrays, etc. 3 adult tickets cost $84 ahead of time with the service fee. $8 for parking. We went through the whole thing in about 1 hour.
Written January 15, 2023
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MyersFamilyTravelers
153 contributions
Aug 2022
We are a zoo/aquarium family and this was one of the best we have been to. We went in the evening during extended hours so there were very few people there. They had very nice exhibits with local fish and fish from all over the world. They even have a tiger which we have never seen at an aquarium. The large tank at the end is really cool and they have some fairly large sharks and two very large barracuda.
Written August 11, 2022
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