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Downtown Aquarium – Houston

Downtown Aquarium Downtown Aquarium Photo: tnkntx via Flickr

If you are looking for a truly unique dining experience, it’s hard to top the one that you get that Downtown Aquarium in Houston. As the name suggests, you will be dining while surrounded by sea creatures big and small, including sharks that may very well eye the contents of your plate with envy. If you don’t fancy eating with fish eyes viewing your plate, there is still plenty to see and do at the fun for the whole family attraction.

When you first arrive, it’s hard to imagine that what you are looking was once the home of Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. In the early part of 2000, construction began on the massive 6-acre facility, with the finished creation finally opened to the public in 2003. There are a couple of options available for those looking to eat and drink, with the aforementioned second floe restaurant and the Dive Lounge serving patrons in need of food or a cool beverage.

For those interested in the marine life, there are multiple exhibits to choose from. The Gulf of Mexico and Shipwreck displays are great for those that love sea animals, whereas those who like their animals a little drier, but just as slippery will get a kick out of the Louisiana Swamp and Sunken Temple exhibits. Yes, turtles and snakes are on display, as well as the creatures of the deep.

Kids will also get a kick out of the carnival style games, but there are a couple of rides that are sure to go over really well. The Shark Voyage will take you on a train that goes around the complex and goes under a glass tunnel where the creatures swim over your head. On the outside, there is also a massive Ferris wheel that towers high in the sky and offers great views of downtown Houston. This is a great place to visit if you want to eat well and see ocean animals up close and personal without getting your feet wet.


Monday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am – 11pm; Sunday: 10am – 9pm
Address/Map:  Theater District, 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 223-3474
Website: Plan your visit to Downtown Aquarium
Admission: Adults $9.99 | Seniors $8.99 | Children (2-12) $6.99 | Children (under 2) FREE