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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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Lodging Near Downtown Aquarium

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Club Quarters Hotel in Houston

Club Quarters Hotel in Houston

720 Fannin Street, Houston
4.0
of 5, from 4,964 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Club Quarters Hotel in Houston is a full-service hotel designed for business travelers, in downtown Houston. A short walk from the Houston Pavilions, the Theater District, nightlife, and museums. The new sports arenas, convention center, and shops at Houston Center also are nearby, as are underground tunnels and light rail.

$161
JW Marriott Houston Downtown

JW Marriott Houston Downtown

806 Main Street, Houston
4.6
of 5, from 466 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Houston, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral and Discovery Green. George R. Brown Convention Center and Downtown Aquarium are also within 15 minutes.

$159
Le Meridien Houston Downtown

Le Meridien Houston Downtown

1121 Walker St, Houston
4.8
of 5, from 17 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Houston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shops at Houston Center, Discovery Green, and George R. Brown Convention Center. Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$209
Marriott Marquis Houston

Marriott Marquis Houston

1777 Walker Street, Houston
4.6
of 5, from 206 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Houston, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green. Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park are also within 10 minutes.

$134
Aloft Houston Downtown

Aloft Houston Downtown

820 Fannin Street, Houston
4.2
of 5, from 275 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Houston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral and Discovery Green. George R. Brown Convention Center and Toyota Center are also within 15 minutes.

$149
Hyatt Regency Houston

Hyatt Regency Houston

1200 Louisiana St, Houston
4.4
of 5, from 1,456 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Set in historic downtown Houston, this hotel is conveniently located near the theater and museum districts, and less than 1 mile from Minute Maid Park and the George R. Brown Convention Center.

$104
Courtyard by Marriott Houston Downtown/Convention Center

Courtyard by Marriott Houston Downtown/Convention Center

916 Dallas St, Houston
4.2
of 5, from 591 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Houston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Houston Police Department Museum and Discovery Green. George R. Brown Convention Center and Toyota Center are also within 15 minutes.

$101
Holiday Inn Houston Downtown

Holiday Inn Houston Downtown

1616 Main St, Houston
4.1
of 5, from 318 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Houston, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Houston Police Department Museum, Discovery Green, and Toyota Center. George R. Brown Convention Center and Downtown Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km).