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 ¥10,538 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
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Hyatt Regency Houston
Hyatt Regency Houston
4 out of 5
1200 Louisiana St, Houston, TX
The price is ¥16,912 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Located in Downtown Houston, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Discovery Green, Downtown Aquarium, and Toyota Center. George R. Brown Convention ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (953 reviews)
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Marriott Marquis Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
4 out of 5
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥24,909 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in Downtown Houston, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green. Minute Maid Park and Shops at ...
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Marriott Marquis Houston
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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 ¥10,538 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston
Hyatt Regency Houston
Hyatt Regency Houston
4 out of 5
1200 Louisiana St, Houston, TX
The price is ¥16,912 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Hyatt Regency Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
Marriott Marquis Houston
4 out of 5
1777 Walker Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥24,909 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Marriott Marquis Houston
The Whitehall Houston
The Whitehall Houston
4 out of 5
1700 Smith St, Houston, TX
The price is ¥14,405 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
The Whitehall Houston
Hilton Americas - Houston
Hilton Americas - Houston
4 out of 5
1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥17,252 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Hilton Americas - Houston
Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center
Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center
3 out of 5
1314 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX
The price is ¥11,492 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 25
Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center
Magnolia Hotel Houston, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Magnolia Hotel Houston, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
4 out of 5
1100 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX
The price is ¥14,219 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
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Courtyard by Marriott Houston Downtown/Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Houston Downtown/Convention Center
3 out of 5
916 Dallas St, Houston, TX
The price is ¥13,205 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Courtyard by Marriott Houston Downtown/Convention Center
The Lancaster Hotel
The Lancaster Hotel
4 out of 5
701 Texas St, Houston, TX
The price is ¥20,624 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
The Lancaster Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.