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“Smaller than I expected”
Review of Downtown Aquarium

Downtown Aquarium
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$49.95*
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Houston City Tour and Admission to Downtown Aquarium
Ranked #25 of 319 things to do in Houston
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Houston's Aquarium features sea life from around the world.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 3, 2013

They have some very large fish. The tank filled with star fish was pretty neat. I guess I'm not really much of a fish-person, but it took about 30 minutes to look at all the tanks. Then it was extra to pet the sting-rays (which we did) and extra to take the shark tour or ride the carnival rides (which we did not). To me this was very "tourist trap" and not what I expected.

Thank kbigler
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

On a recent visit to Houston and MD Anderson cancer center some friends suggested we meet at the Aquarium for dinner. What a great choice. They had never been even though they live in the Woodlands. The aquarium is good as are the outside attractions. A fun destination for the entire family. Oh, the restaurant, very good. Great setting. A must go in our book.

Thank William B
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

The staff is great, the food is pricey but good and the sights are awesome!! We loved it!!! There is even rides outside for the kids and adults. The fish where beautiful to look at and very active. Would definitely go back.

Thank 755ChristinaD
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

This is a useless place. Just waste of time. Unless you don't have to do anything else in houston , do not go. It was really hard to find the real exhibits . This place is just like a carnival. Children may enjoy it. Not worth to go there.

Thank Trip d
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

after sitting in traffic for an hour i was none to happy when i arrived there, parking was $7 but seemed convenient , once out of the vehicle there was a lot of confusion as to how to get in the place even though there were signs that were pointing, after finally finding our way into the building. we came thru a side door, then there was about another ten minutes trying to find the beginning of the attraction including tickets, finally after a friendly staff member sold us tickets and personally walked us to the proper door we were able to see the place, peaceful, kind staff and nice exhibit, especially likes the Tiger. Then there was the stingray pool where u can pet and feed stingrays this was kinda cool, but in the end i got splashed pretty good, and smelled quite foul despite repeated washings at provided sinks. this is a nice attraction but do think twice about putting your hands in the water, i just didn't find this place what it was hyped up to be, and did not eat in any of the restaurants. or ride any rides.Unless u like looking at fish id take in a movie instead. I do hope all find this review helpful.

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