Have a yearning for the nautical life? Well then, take a plunge into the deep blue yonder at the the Houston Downtown ... More
Have a yearning for the nautical life? Well then, take a plunge into the deep blue yonder at the the Houston Downtown Aquarium. This aquarium is definitely the place to be for a fun day out. The aquarium features around 400 species of aquatic life, with the Shark Voyage being the main attraction. This voyage gives visitors the opportunity to travel via train into an acrylic viewing tunnel with live sharks swimming overhead. Other attractions include the Diving Bell ferris wheel, the aquatic carousel and some themed educational exhibits. If you've had your fill of the aquatic life and need some grub then take a pick from the Marina Matinee cafe, Aquarium restaurant or the Dive lounge.
the attractions was ok......we had to wait 1.5 hours to be seated .....then we had the worst..dinning experience ever...the wait staff sucked very bad ....and the food was the nastiest food i have ever tasted...i still had to pay ALOTof money for food i didnt even get to eat ....my family was so unhappy it ruined the rest of our day ......WE WILL NEVER GO BACK AND WASTE OUR HARD EARNED MONEY..........
My husband and I live downtown and have always wanted to visit the Aquarium. Our 3 year old grandson was visiting and we decided to go. First of all I was surprised how expensive it was, especially for a 3 year old. Exhibits were ok, rides not so good. Not enough rides and everything is way too expensive. Second, if visitors are expected to pay full price then open up the food booth, make sure there is someone at every ride. I saw more people walking around who work there than visitors. Most kids are back to school now so entry fees should be cheaper. I will not go back and will not recommend to anyone. Much too expensive for what you get.
I went with my childrens camp group of 17 children and we spent about 1/2 the time outside on the rides. It is August in Houston so it is very hot. We asked several employees where we could find a water fountain and they had no clue. One finally directed us to one (the only one) by the outside bathroom which was blocked off due to the fact that the bathroom is being renovated. Houston, in the summer with no access to water! I understand that they want to sell their $3 a bottle water; however, many camp groups are not prepared to spend that sort of cash. It was completely short sighted, opportunistic and down right dangerous. I will not return as I do not feel they have their customers best interest at heart. Frankly it makes me question if they have their animals interest at heart too.
We had fun seeing the different displays, but $15.99 for an "all-day" pass is not worth it. Just by the individual passes for the attractions you want to see and then go home. The white tiger was really cool, and the fish were interesting, but I really expected a WHOLE lot more variety. The restaurant was typically overpriced for the food they had, and though it was good, I've definitely had better. The "Shark Voyage" was disappointing. My 10-year-old loved riding the train, but then he's interested in trains, not particularly where they go to. We really got a kick out of being right under the shark tank and seeing them swim around, but after that it was all downhill.
Save your money and find something more interesting that will actually entertain the whole family instead of just the kids.
The prices were ok. It took us maybe 30 mins to go through the whole aquarium. It was packed no space to really walk. The only really exciting thing was the white tiger. There really wasn't a variety of fish to get excited about. I really thought being a aquarium in Houston Texas it would have been alot better. It really wasnt even worth riding the rides because you have to wait an hour or longer to get on them. My 2 year old enjoyed it but even he was frustrated with people running him over. Not to mention you have to park a few blocks away because there is little parking near it.
The Aquarium may be great for kids, but as far as a neat place to visit in Houston, not so much. It seemed very generic and too mainstream. The food is boring and overpriced and the atmosphere is lacking. There are many other places in Houston I would rather go.
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