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This multi-level aquarium in downtown Houston also has outdoor entertainment.

Downtown Aquarium has an astounding 500,000 gallons (2 million liters) of underwater habitats. See more than 200 types of sea-dwelling creatures, from zebra sharks to octopus and clown fish. Some come from local waterways, while others are from oceans all over the world. There are hands-on exhibits and the enclosures are well signed, so it’s educational as well as fun.

Not everything at the aquarium resides in water. Surprisingly, a family of rare white tigers call the aquarium its home. They roam around an enclosure reminiscent of the ruins of an Indian temple, and are part of ongoing conservation efforts by the aquarium. Other enclosures with both land dwellers and sea creatures have been created to look like interesting ecosystems and archeological sites. Stroll through the Rainforest enclosure, home to snakes, frogs and tropical birds, as well as red-bellied piranha and venomous freshwater stingrays. At the Sunken Temple, get up close to tarantulas, puffer fish and a 20-foot (six-meter) python.

The Shark Voyage is a miniature train ride beneath a shark-filled tank. Board the train and ride it through the tunnel where white tips, sand tigers and zebra sharks prowl the waters.

The aquarium’s outdoor entertainment area has a carousel, Ferris wheel and drop ride, as well as carnival-style games. Buy an all-day Adventure Pass and hop on and off all of the rides as you please. You can also opt to pay per ride.

You could easily cover the sites at the aquarium in a couple of hours. If you plan to stay longer, stop at the in-house restaurant for lunch or dinner. It has its own indoor aquarium, housing thousands of tropical fish as well as the occasional diver. Seafood is the specialty, although the extensive menu caters to most tastes. Outside the aquarium, there are fast-food options to suit most palates and budgets.

The aquarium is in the northern part of downtown Houston. It’s open daily, and free parking is available.

Top Hotels Close to Downtown Aquarium

Club Quarters Hotel Downtown, Houston
Club Quarters Hotel Downtown, Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX, 77002
The price is $120 per night from Feb 23 to Feb 24
$120
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Houston. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,539 reviews)
"Nice, value-priced, centrally-located hotel in downtown Houston."

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Hyatt Regency Houston
Hyatt Regency Houston
4 out of 5
1200 Louisiana St, Houston, TX, 77002
The price is $161 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4
$161
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Houston. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,165 reviews)
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"Upon arrival, the corridor to the check in desks smelled like damp carpet, definitely an unpleasant smell. The receptionist was very friendly and made check in very pleasant. Taking the elevator to the top floor was an experience for sure (ears popped). My room had a decent view of the city as I ..."

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Hyatt Regency Houston
Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center
Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center
3 out of 5
1314 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX, 77002
The price is $142 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$142
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Houston. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,057 reviews)
"we thought the hotel and room were decorated nicely"

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Club Quarters Hotel Downtown, Houston
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4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX, 77002
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Hyatt Regency Houston
Hyatt Regency Houston
4 out of 5
1200 Louisiana St, Houston, TX, 77002
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Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center
Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center
3 out of 5
1314 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX, 77002
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The Whitehall Houston
The Whitehall Houston
4 out of 5
1700 Smith St, Houston, TX, 77002
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AC Hotel by Marriott Houston Downtown
AC Hotel by Marriott Houston Downtown
3.5 out of 5
723 MAIN STREET, Houston, TX, 77002
AC Hotel by Marriott Houston Downtown
Hyatt Place Houston Downtown
Hyatt Place Houston Downtown
3 out of 5
1114 TEXAS AVE, Houston, TX, 77002
Hyatt Place Houston Downtown
Hilton Americas-Houston
Hilton Americas-Houston
4 out of 5
1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX, 77010
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Holiday Inn Houston Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Houston Downtown, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
1616 Main St, Houston, TX, 77002
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The Lancaster Hotel
The Lancaster Hotel
4 out of 5
701 Texas St, Houston, TX, 77002
The Lancaster Hotel
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