Downtown AquariumCurrently Closed
- Address: 410 Bagby St, Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77002, 77002, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
- Phone: 1-7132233474
- Ticket Price: 9 USD
- Tags: Aquarium, Family And Kids, Social, Zoos, Aquariums And Wildlife Sanctuaries
Downtown Aquarium - Review
The Downtown Aquarium of Houston is a lovely place to visit with the kids. It is also a fascinating place for adults as well. Marine life from all over the world has been beautifully exhibited at this aquarium.
The Sting Ray Reef, the Louisiana Swamp, the Rainforest are just some of the several different habitats in which you will get to see fish here. Be sure to visit the education room for close encounters with animals if you are with kids. The shipwreck exhibit is also quite haunting and lovely.
But the fun doesn’t end there. The aquarium also has a series of rides and activities to do. From carousels and Ferris wheels to a Shark Voyage on a train, the fun never ends here. There is also an aquarium dining area and a lounge which is a surreal experience to be tried.
A fascinating tourist attraction among visitors, downtown aquarium is a great place to witness marine life and learn about them. Downtown Aquarium Tickets are needed for entrance in the aquarium. You can Buy Tickets for Downtown Aquarium from the premises or opt to Book Tickets for Downtown Aquarium online if you wish to avoid the crowd. Tickets for Downtown Aquarium may vary and there is also a certain Downtown Aquarium Ticket Costs for parking in the place. Have a visit to get great insights about the marine world.
Downtown Aquarium Ticket Prices
- Parking Space is available for 7 USD.
- The sting Ray Reef has 2.99 USD entry charges which are extra.
How To reach Downtown Aquarium by Public Transport
- Smith Street at Preston Street (BUS)
Restaurants Near Downtown Aquarium
- The aquarium restaurant
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Things to Know Before Visiting Downtown Aquarium
86.95% of people who visit Houston include Downtown Aquarium in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
77.35% of people start their Downtown Aquarium visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Downtown Aquarium
92.72% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Downtown Aquarium
Downtown Aquarium Trips
Downtown Aquarium, Houston Reviews
The exhibit is very small. The most exciting animal to see was the tiger... In an aquarium. Considering Houston is one of the biggest cities in the USA, I was expecting a huge aquarium. We saw everything in like 30 minutes. The info on the animals scrolled too fast and you had to wait to continue reading what you were reading. The rides section is bigger than the aquarium itself and none of the rides were included in the city pass, at least that's what staff told us. A total bummer. Better go to the zoo!
I was questioning going after reading some of the reviews, but it was included in our weekend bracelet package, so we went. I Am So Glad We Did! It was very nice! We went on a rainy day over Labor Day weekend, so it was very busy, but it flowed nicely for the most part... It is smaller in size and there were no huge octopus or jellyfish tanks. The train ride through the sharks and feeding the stingrays were a nice little extra. The tiger was by far the coolest thing there, just amazing! The kids will love it and the rides outside!
It cannot be overstated just how small this aquarium is. We had seen this comment on other reviews but figured how small could it really be? I’m back to answer that very question for others who might prefer save their money for something a little longer to fill their day, such as the zoo... The duration listed online is 1.5 hours. No way. Even dragging our feet with 3 babies under 2, we had seen it all in just about 20 minutes. There’s a fish tank when you walk in, 4-5 jelly fish, a tank of plastic bags (yes, bags) they’ve cleverly disguised as intentional, but are probably place holders for when they have a larger number of jellies. There are a couple of small alligators, 2 or 3 snakes, some clown fish and eels... It had all of the makings of a great entrance to an aquarium. Soft lighting, ambient music, beautiful exhibits... and then it was over. There is a very cool white tiger exhibit followed by a gift shop and that’s it. Touch ponds are extra. Shark tank via train ride extra, and it should be noted the sharks are not visible within the aquarium so the train is a must, but is also non operational in the rain, so we weren’t even able to see it. We have visited many aquariums across the US and touch ponds and shark exhibits are always included in the price. And honestly, $15 isn’t high admission but isn’t worth it for 20 minutes of your time. I felt this was very high for what it was. The rides probably add to it, but this is a completely useless consideration on rainy days because they aren’t open. At the end of the day, we loaded a large family up and commuted into downtown Houston, paid parking, spent $70 and were done in less than 30 minutes. Didn’t get to do anything outdoors, or see sharks, due to rain, so it was all pretty much a wasted day and wasted money. No thank you. If I’d seen a more specific review we would have done something else. And while what is there is very nice, I figure someone else out there is reading these reviews wondering how small can it really be? Answer, small. $8 a ticket tops small. Take your family elsewhere small. No sea lions, otters, sharks (when raining), penguins, etc and an incredibly small jellies display. The aquarium exhibit of rays is rather small and sad, but is made up for with the extra few for stingray feedings, which shouldn’t apply since you just spent way too much for a ticket to see not much of anything.
This is more commercial tourist trap than an aquarium. You can walk through the entire “aquarium” in about 6 minutes, at which point you’ll reach the main attraction of a white tiger in an indoor cage the size of a 1 bedroom apartment. Had the protesters on the sidewalk advocating against the captive tiger been there when we arrived, we likely wouldn’t have gone inside. If you’re looking for a place to occupy the attention of your children, opt for a venue that doesn’t profit off animal cruelty.
Perfect for children! If you're looking for some cheap entertainment for your children, the Downtown Aquarium is the place to go. Cost is $20 and really you can enjoy the majority of the rides and such as well as get in the Sting Ray Reef! It is a small place overall but the pleasure of seeing your kid's expressions are priceless. I would suggest going when the sun starts going down as it get really hot outside! The lines seem to be few after 7pm and you still have a good amount of time to ride the rides, take the tour and enjoy yourself!