Where Can You See The Largest Cylindrical Aquarium in the United States?

In 1999, the City of Houston put out a request for proposals to redevelop to aging landmarks – Fire Station No. 1 and the adjacent central waterworks plant. In 2003, Landry’s Restaurant would re-open the facilities under the new name, Downtown Aquarium, featuring two restaurants, a bar, banquet facilities, and 500,000 US gallons (1.9m L) […]

Life + Leisure Travel and Getaways Brian Webb

This article was published on May 25th, 2013

Houston Downtown AquariumIn 1999, the City of Houston put out a request for proposals to redevelop to aging landmarks – Fire Station No. 1 and the adjacent central waterworks plant. In 2003, Landry’s Restaurant would re-open the facilities under the new name, Downtown Aquarium, featuring two restaurants, a bar, banquet facilities, and 500,000 US gallons (1.9m L) of aquariums.

Tropical Fish at the Houston Downtown Aquarium

The aquarium is broken out into five theme areas; The Louisiana Swamp, a 17th century Spanish galleon shipwreck, a tropical rainforest, a sunken temple, and the Gulf of Mexico. Each area showcases plants and creatures related to the theme.

Coral and tropical fish at the Houston Downtown Aquarium

On the Discovery Rig, there are three hands-on touch displays where guests can interact with stingrays, bamboo sharks, horseshoe crabs, butterfly fish, triggerfish, and tangs.

Alligators at the Houston Downtown Aquarium

The centerpiece of one of the restaurants is a 110,000 US gallon (420,000 L), aquarium, the largest, cylindrical tank in the United States. The Downtown Aquarium is also home to a white tiger, marine themed musical carousel ride, Ferris wheel, miniature train ride, and outdoor adventure park.

The White Tiger at the Downtown Houston Aquarium

To get the best deal on the Downtown Aquarium, purchase a Houston CityPass and save up to 46% on admission to Houston’s top attractions, including the Museum of Fine Arts.

For more information on things to do in Houston, visit the Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

 

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