Aquariums around Houston, TX

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Houston. Aside from its commanding presence in sport, music, theater, manufacturing, aeronautics, and commerce, there is also a wealth of aquatic life here. Tourists, hometown returnees, and local Houstonians can be inspired by the water-loving inhabitants of Space City, diverse and varied in origin as in the experiences one can find among them. Read on for some of our favorite aquarium experiences around Houston.  

Houston Zoo

While not specifically an aquarium, the great efforts the Houston Zoo has gone to serve the Houston community to showcase, protect and educate with aquatic life cannot fail to make our list. The cast at the Houston Zoo is star-studded, to put it humbly, with the cownose ray, Galapagos tortoise, giant river otter, long-horned cowfish, moon jelly, red-bellied piranha, sea lion, sea turtle, and clownfish are just some of the famous faces that reside here. 

Exhibits cover a range of habitats local and exotic, including the Texas wetlands, rocky domain of the sea lion, tropical coral reefs, and the mysterious Galapagos Islands. Aside from a wealth of aquatic creatures, visitors can also see a number of iconic land animals, and enjoy a range of dining and shopping experiences to complement their visit. Most notable is the large variety in experiences available for individuals, groups, and families, including nighttime tours, up-close looks into certain species, and helping feed, bathe, care and paint with the many lovable inhabitants of the Houston Zoo. Groups of all sizes, ages, and interests will pass the day in nature and explore all sorts of interests at the Houston Zoo.

Downtown Aquarium

The Downtown Aquarium has entertained and inspired the people of Houston for over eighteen years now, through a unique combination of adrenaline, formidable aquatic diversity, and a community-central vision. Alligators, moray eels, giant Pacific octopus, clownfish, piranhas, stingrays, porcupinefish, archerfish, nurse sharks, and sea horses are just some of the famous faces visitors can meet here. These iconic species and more reside in a series of immersive exhibits, touring the Texas Bayou, Gulf of Mexico, tropical waters, and enchanting sunken habitats including temples and ships. 

Aside from the variety in exhibits, there is also a number of individual experiences representing various interests available by appointment, including working with a marine biologist/zoologist for a day, petting a stingray, a personal Q&A session with a celebrity animal, or overnight stays touring the entire facility. Majestic white tigers and a number of exotic land animals also live here, and there are multiple rides and dining options to cater to all tastes and visitors. Visitors can look out for Downtown Houston on the Diving Bell Ferris Wheel, or enjoy an aquatic-themed carousel. More daring visitors can ride a small electric train over the shark tanks, or experience the rush of the Lighthouse Dive Drop Tower. For a range of experiences, sights, and thrills including aquatic wildlife and more, come to Downtown Aquarium.

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