Downtown Aquarium in Houston Texas is more than just an aquarium. Plan on getting
there early, and spending at least two or three hours covering the expansive seven
acres and all of the incredible exhibits and activities.
by taking the Shark Voyage aboard the C.P. Huntington Train that tours the entire
property. Part of the tour is a stop in the center of a 200,000 gallon shark tank
where you can watch a variety of sharks swimming literally all around you. Remember Jaws?
You leave with a new appreciation for 5 inch thick acrylic, to say the least.
in case swimming with the sharks isn't enough...it's suddenly announced that one
of their sharks has gotten loose and we need to be on the look out as we travel
through the park. Going over one of the bridges, water splashes up into the air,
and a huge mechanical shark leaps out of the water seemingly towards you!
like a little adrenaline rush ...
that's just the beginning. The Aquarium Adventure Exhibit is also amazing. There
are over 400 species to watch and learn about. Explore the Rainforest and learn
about poisonous dart
frogs that are no bigger than a half dollar yet pack enough punch to kill
an average adult in seconds. Take a walk through a Louisiana Swamp but watch out
for those gators! Step into the Discovery Rig and touch a stingray, or see what
shark eggs look like in the shark nursery.
restaurant with a view.
up and meet
Coral, the white tiger.
A special featured
attraction includes the white tigers in Maharaja's Temple. Coral is one of four
tigers that live in the aquarium. She was born in 2003 and is feisty as can be.
Watching her interact with Josh, one of the employees, is impressive. They even
play peek-a-boo and hide-and-seek together! Coral and Josh are definitely the
most amazing part of the exhibit. Before leaving, have the kids' faces painted
so they look just like Coral...
dining at the Aquarium Restaurant is a must.
the center of the spiral stairway is a cylindrical aquarium that - according to
our waiter - goes from floor to ceiling and is the biggest in the United States.
There is a variety of foods and desserts to choose from as well as a children's
menu. While waiting for your food to arrive enjoy the 150,000 gallon aquarium
that the tables are situated around. The restaurant staff is wonderful and very
attentive. If you have any questions about the fish in the aquarium just ask them.
Our waiter, Mark, told us about the Goliath Grouper, which grows to be 800 pounds!
If you and the
kids still have energy to burn, there are still things to do outside the actual
aquarium building. Downtown
Houston is beautiful, especially from the top of the Diving Bell Ferris Wheel.
This fantastic ride goes 100 feet into the air during the day and night! Make
sure to bring your camera to capture the great view.
wanted to ride on the back of a dolphin or an alligator? Now you can on the aquatic
themed carousel. Not enough action for you? Try riding the Lighthouse Dive. This
carnival ride is 20 feet high and is sure to get your heart pumping.
for a souvenir? Try your hand at one of the carnival games to win a prize to take
home. If that doesn't work there's always the Treasure Chest Gift Shop.
all of the things to see and do in Houston, the Downtown Aquarium is definitely
one of the top ten. It may be called an aquarium but it is a mini carnival for
the whole family to enjoy!