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Downtown Aquarium

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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Houston's Aquarium features sea life from around the world.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002-1510
+1 866-418-3474
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My daughter really enjoys going to the Aquarium to celebrate her birthday which we have done for the past several years. The food is good, although a tad pricey. The exhibits are amazing and there are optional (for an additional fee) rides. The train ride...More

Thank Dorothy M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great place to have dinner with the inhabitants of the aquarium close by. Also outside has a few attractions and a little train ride. Located on outskirts of downtown Houston and near the theater district and underground shopping. A truly memorable experience. Moderately priced food...More

Thank cissioloomi
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We’ve been to the Houston Aquarium downtown more often than I can recall (and it isn’t an easy drive for us as we live 40 miles away in Houston’s northern suburbs). My wife and I don’t fully understand why our kids love the downtown Houston...More

Thank MutantMiscreant
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a rip off, don’t go!!!! We have been to over 10 aquariums and this was the worst ever. Highlight was the sting ray pool. Not recommended and way, way over priced!!!

1  Thank rockydogz1
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great tanks with lots of different types of sea life. One particular tank I found to be disturbing but very informative was a tank with small pieces of white plastic just floating. Sign on tank read, turtles, sharks and other sea animals mistake this for...More

Thank lorettae943
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you've been to the Downtown Aquarium in Denver, you'll be surprised to find that aquariums can get even smaller. This aquarium is small enough that my kids, who LOVE aquatic species, were done and bored in less than 30 minutes. The tiger looked sad,...More

Thank ColoradoTravelsWorld
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great trip lots to see and do. The live music was loud and obnoxious and the food was over priced for the quality. I don't mind paying for quality but that is not the case. Aquarium in Houston is an A

Thank FamilyCamping9Kiddos
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No question about it, this is one big tourist trap designed to take your money. If I hadn't have had this included in the City Pass I would have been massively disappointed. $8 for self parking and an additional $6 for a pass to ride...More

1  Thank Traveler183563
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a good time at the restaurant within the aquarium. The huge fish swimming near the tables was relaxing. The children there were entertained.

Thank Eleanor L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The downtown Aquarium is nice, but really small. We only needed about 30 minutes to see everything inside and the shark voyage was closed =( Maybe not the best to see in Houston.

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July 11, 2018|
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Response from maria s | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you can bring a dog to the aquarium, it does not have opened areas. I am almost sure you can bring your dog to Hermann Park.
June 26, 2018|
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Response from Stacie M | Reviewed this property |
I did not see lockers but if you are just talking about your carry on bag, I would think you could leave it at the check in desk. It is to the right as soon as you walk in the door. I have called them with questions before... More
July 31, 2017|
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Response from G7308EYmichellew | Reviewed this property |
You do not need a jacket. It is about 74 degrees inside