Downtown Aquarium

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Downtown Aquarium

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.

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Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
The price is $108 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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Hyatt Regency Houston
Hyatt Regency Houston
4 out of 5
1200 Louisiana St, Houston, TX
The price is $139 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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Marriott Marquis Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
4 out of 5
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX
The price is $159 per night from Feb 13 to Feb 14
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Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
4 out of 5
720 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
The price is $108 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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Hyatt Regency Houston
Hyatt Regency Houston
4 out of 5
1200 Louisiana St, Houston, TX
The price is $139 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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4 out of 5
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX
The price is $159 per night from Feb 13 to Feb 14
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Hilton Americas - Houston
Hilton Americas - Houston
4 out of 5
1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX
The price is $162 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
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Hyatt Place Houston Downtown
Hyatt Place Houston Downtown
3 out of 5
1114 TEXAS AVE, Houston, TX
The price is $135 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Hyatt Place Houston Downtown
The Lancaster Hotel
The Lancaster Hotel
4 out of 5
701 Texas St, Houston, TX
The price is $187 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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The Laura, Autograph Collection
The Laura, Autograph Collection
4.5 out of 5
1070 Dallas St, Houston, TX
The price is $161 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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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
The price is $114 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center
C. Baldwin, Curio Collection by Hilton
C. Baldwin, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
400 Dallas St, Houston, TX
The price is $169 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
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