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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 October 30, 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TTheresienfeld
Reviewed October 28, 2018

The visual experience is worth the visit and dining. It is hard to describe other that you will never have meal while sitting within 10 feet of a floor to ceiling wrap around aquarium with an amazing of display of salt water reef dwellers. From...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Steve G
Reviewed October 24, 2018

We were able to walk here from the Hyatt Regency where we were staying and really enjoyed our visit. It was Columbus Day so there were lots of children visiting with their parents. They were all having a great time. It was interesting to watch...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Houlihan2
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Reviews I had read seemed to think these two were basically the same. WRONG! Kemah is nothing but a restaurant with fish tanks. Downtown aquarium is a real aquarium. Didn't like that we had to pay extra to feed the Stingrays. Overall, we enjoyed this...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sakieviet
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

Very small aquarium. No rides open, due to rain. To get from the sting ray area to the aquarium itself, you have to go outside. No maps available where I bought my tickets. People working there weren’t knowledgeable about logistics (like where the shows were)....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank cjbrown1959a
Reviewed October 22, 2018

The aquarium is very small and just average, the cost, however, is very expensive considering the size and type of place. if you want and additional activity like take the little train or feed the stingrays, you have to pay more.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Cesar M
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

We went on a nice cool Saturday in October. Wait times for the rides was minimal. We used a Groupon for 4 people and a Landry’s Select cars BOGO for the other 2 people in our group. There are 5 rides, plus the aquarium. Parking...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KHD50
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

We made a trip here to fill a rain filled day with a 2 year old and found some really cool exhibits, but not nearly enough to justify the price. We were in and out in under an hour. I'd recommend coming here once for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jeff N
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

We had great expectations after having met other aquariums in the United States with excellent facilities and a variety of marine species on display, very small, with attractions that charged but are not in operation, little fun in reality, if you plan to go to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank franciscon304
Reviewed October 15, 2018

My family was visiting from Michigan for the Labor Day weekend. I had a reservation at the Downtown Aquarium. It was my first time visiting and didn't know what to expect, but what fun! We got to feed the Stingrays, walk around a beautiful aquarium,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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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