Houston’s Downtown Aquarium; so much to see and do

ImageHouston’s Downtown Aquarium is a public aquarium and restaurant located in Houston. The aquarium is located on a 6-acre site that houses over 200 species of aquatic animals in 500,000 US gallons of aquaria. The Aquarium Adventure Exhibit in the main building consists of 5 main themed areas, plus the tiger habitat and interactive displays. The Louisiana Swamp exhibit, home to animals from the marsh and bayous of the Gulf Coast, including alligators, alligator snapping turtles, spotted gar, crayfish, catfish, and bullfrogs. The shipwreck puts visitors inside the sunken hull of a 17th century Spanish galleon where they can look, out to see living coral reefs and sea creatures including a giant Pacific octopus, a moray eel, clownfish, tangs, grouper, snapper, garibaldi, and star fish.

The Rainforest exhibit explores the tropical rainforests of the world, and life inside their rivers featuring macaws, Red-bellied piranha, freshwater stingrays, an emerald tree boa, poison arrow frogs, archerfish, arawana, and birds. The Sunken Temple showcases species such as lionfish, tarantulas, pufferfish, an electric eel, and a reticulated python. The Gulf of Mexico includes nurse sharks, snapper, redfish, tarpon, jack and more. Discovery rig has three touch tanks to let visitors get up close and personal with marine life including stingrays, bamboo sharks, horseshoe crabs, butterflyfish, triggerfish, and tangs.

tigerThe White Tiger of the Maharaja Temple exhibit houses the aquarium’s white tigers. The C.P. Huntington Train tours the entire property and stops in the center of a 200,000-US-gallon shark tank to let visitors watch the sharks. The shark tank viewed from the train is in a separate building from the main aquarium. Other facilities on the aquarium property include two restaurants, a bar, and banquet facilities in the main building; and the Diving Bell Ferris Wheel and an aquatic-themed carousel outside. One of the restaurants includes a 110,000-US-gallon centerpiece aquarium which is the largest cylindrical tank in the United States.

Located: 410 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002. Ph: 713.223.3474. www.aquariumrestaurants.com

Michelle Sturdevant Realty Group

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