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The Houston Downtown Aquarium, birthed from the historic Central Waterworks Building and Fire Station No. 1, houses over 200 species of sea life, an upscale seafood restaurant, amusement park rides, a ballroom and more. Whether you're looking to host a wedding, birthday party, corporate event or just hang out with the family, this place is a safe bet. Read below for all you'll need to know to maximize your visit to the Downtown Aquarium.

Location:

The Aquarium is located in Downtown Houston at 401 Bagby St. at Memorial Dr. (77002). The establishment is located just off of I45 and sits just blocks from the Theater District (Alley Theater, Wortham Center, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts).

Directions:

Heading East
I-10 E to Smith exit
Right on Franklin
Left on Bagby

Heading West
I-10 W to San Jacinto
Right on Prairie
Right on Bagby

Heading North
288 to I-45 N
Exit Houston Ave./Memorial Dr. (stay in right lane)
Right on Memorial
Left on Bagby

Heading South
I-45 S
Exit McKinney
Left on Bagby

Exhibit Hours:

Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Restaurant Hours:

Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Prices:

Aquarium Exhibit
Adults: $9.25
Children (2-12): $6.25
Seniors (65+): $8.25

Rides
Shark Voyage: $4.99
Aquatic Carousel: $2.99
Ferris Wheel: $3.99
Lighthouse Dive: $3.99

Exhibit Information:

Rainforest - Inhabitants include emerald tree boa, red-bellied piranhas, stingrays, brilliantly-colored frogs and tropical birds.

Louisiana Swamp - Witness life forms found in the bayous of Louisiana including bullfrogs, snapping turtles, crawfish, alligators and catfish.

White Tigers of the Maharaja's Temple - This is perhaps the most exhilarating exhibit within the aquarium. These gorgeous cats hail from the jungles of central India and are quite interactive.

Shipwreck - See your favorite ocean dwellers like clownfish, moray eels, octopuses, groupers and several others.

Birthday Packages:

First Mate Package ($28/child): 1 hour in a reserved dining area, cake, party favors, train ride, carousel ride, ferris wheel ride, exhibit viewing, free admission for 1 parent per child and a 5x7 group photo for each party guest.

Captain Birthday Package ($35/child): includes everything in the First Mate Package PLUS one of 3 midway games and a ride on the Lighthouse Dive.

Ultimate Sleepover Birthday Party ($79.95/child): dinner, party favors, a white tiger birthday cake, unlimited rides, 3 midway game ticket, crafts, snacks, continental breakfast, a Wild Dreams t-shirt, group photo and tons more evening activities. Children must be between the ages of 6 and 14.

Hotel Accommodations:

The Downtown Aquarium is located in walking distance to Inn at the Ballpark (1520 Texas Ave., 77002). To book online, visit their website. See a listing of other Downtown Houston Hotels.

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