This six-acre campus opened in 2003, rebuilding what was once Houston’s Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks building and turned it into an entertainment center. The facility has a 500,000 gallon aquarium with sharks, sawfish, rays and tropical fish, plus a Louisiana swamp complete with gators, a tropical rainforest with a white tiger, and a Sunken Temple. Outside, ride the Diving Bell Ferris wheel for a stellar view of the skyline, definitely one of the best things to do in Houston on a pleasant evening. If you have time, we also recommend the drop 20-feet on the Lighthouse thrill ride. The only reason to dine at the Downtown Aquarium's restaurant is to watch the fish in the surrounding tanks since the food is nothing spectacular (quite frankly, you would be better off dining elsewhere). Your best bet is an all-day Adventure Pass that lets you ride all the rides and visit everything at the Aquarium for just $15.99. An even better deal is the 9-day CityPass for $39 for adults ($29 for kids 3 to 11 years) that includes all Aquarium rides, plus seven other Houston attractions. You can buy CityPass at any of the attractions.
- Open Hours: Friday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Attractions & Landmarks, Animal Life
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