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Downtown Aquarium
700 Water Street
Denver
CO
80211
Tel: 303 561 4450

Directions

If you are coming on the I-25, take exit 211 and follow the signs to the aquarium. They are at 700 Water Street in Denver.

Where are we going today?

Have you ever had dinner under the ocean? It might not REALLY be physically be possible, but at Downtown Aquarium you're not far off!

This Colorado aquarium is still a proper aquarium where you can spend your family day out at. There are a number of exhibits where kids can learn ALL about the amazing creatures that live under our oceans.

The North America exhibit introduces kids to sealife right on their doorstep! Kids - how many of them do you recognize?!

There is an entire exhibit for the d!esert too, and all the creature which have had to adapt to how dry their homes are. Pretty amazing stuff! Of course, from this to Under The Sea is a BIG leap - where you cansee all the beautiful coral reefs that are found all over the world.

Kids can explore the amazing Wharf exhibition where they can learn about all the animals that can survive in what is actually a really tough environment with all the waves constantly crashing, and they can explore the Rainforest. Did you know the rainforest makes up 7% of the entire planet? Pretty incredible!

Think that's a lot? That's not all! Shipwrecks, beaches, sunken temples...it's fascinating experience!

And then there's dinner! Yep - your dining experience becomes a dining adventure! Enjoy your meal around 50,000 gallons of water with amazing floor to ceiling views fomr all the tables!

Bon appetite!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$19.50 (Over 12)
  • Children$13.50 (3 - 11)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Sun - Thurs 10am - 9pm / Fri & Sat 10am - 9:30pm. Holidays hours vary

All year round.

Teachers corner

Of course you can learn here! They offer classroom programs, teacher workshops, and scout programs!.

I'm Hungry!

You're hungry? Well, there's a WHOLE restaurant for you to explore whilst still enjoying your time under the ocean! A kids menu is available too! .

Any Top Tips?

Check the hours of operation for the restaurant as they differ to the actual aquarium. .

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about any accessibility questions you may have!.

Can I get one of those?

Of course there's a gift shop! It's a treasure trove of stuffed animals, toys and other fun merchandise! Explore the deep! .

More information

Check out the family programs! You can be a marine biologist for a day, stay over night or take a behind the scenes tour! .

What people are saying?

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    Now, I am very glad that I didn't believe the reviews that I read prior to taking my little girl to the Aquarium in September, 2014. We happened to be in Denver, traveling from a small town in Wyoming. I read the reviews prior to going and almost didn't go. My daughter really wanted to, however, so we went. And we had a fantastic time! We went on a Sunday, right when the place opened at around 11:00 a.m., and we were pleasantly surprised to see everything as promised.

    It wasn't crowded and we could stand in front of the aquariums for as...Read More

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    Let's start with the extremely RUDE hostess, we asked if we could sit closer to the fish. She threw a fit, threw the menus down and started slamming chairs and tables together. There was 9 of us, she tried to fit us on 2 tables, we asked for another table she threw a fit. I ordered the fish and chips, the fish was cold and tasted nasty (really fishy). We will not eat there again! On a good note the Aquarium was cool, my grand babies loved the mermaids. Then you go outside and the girl running the carousel was rude and unfriendly as well. ...Read More

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    Absolute waste of $17 each ticket. You see more going to a local pet shop for free. What fish they had were sick, missing eyes and in terrible shape. I saw no otters, no tigers and no mermaids, as advertised. Nothing like going to a real aquarium in other cities, seriously it is like visiting a local mall pet shop, only there are vendors afterwards to ambush you for more money. From parking, events, movie, to food....expect to spend about $100 total and go home with an angry and disappointed family.

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    Cara the rude girl at the ticket counter informed us (obviously rudely) that the coupon for being an email member must be printed out....ok so this is the only place not taking ecoupons....wait then I see all the lovely "conservation" information all over...so let me get this straight...your pitch is conservation, but you want everyone who comes here to print out a piece of paper for you to throw away...good plan...bravo! Oh wait then after you wait in line for 20 minutes, you get to wait in line again for 30 minutes while they force you to take...Read More

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    All was good until we got to the food place in second floor we are members and get free sodas well my grandma pay for a large soda and I told her we had free sodas so I requested a refund and they called Julio for approval he did not understand the facts of using 2 free sodas for the one grandma has grabbed he was so rude and non helpful I could believe how they were only for a soda refund. Really!!! They ruined our visit I will never purchase the membership again especially if I have to deal with people like them. Dont waist your money is a...Read More

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by blackhills hillbilly

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Now, I am very glad that I didn't believe the reviews that I read prior to taking my little girl to the Aquarium in September, 2014. We happened to be in Denver, traveling from a small town in Wyoming. I read the reviews prior to going and almost didn't go. My daughter really wanted to, however, so we went. And we had a fantastic time! We went on a Sunday, right when the place opened at around 11:00 a.m., and we were pleasantly surprised to see everything as promised.

It wasn't crowded and we could stand in front of the aquariums for as long as we wanted to. My little girl was most anxious to see the "mermaids" and due to the negative reviews of this place, I had zero expectations but in reality, the mermaids delivered exactly as promised. They even wheeled them out after the show, in wagons to keep up the illusion, wearing Broncos t-shirts for pictures.

Some reviews said that they didn't see otters and that the fish that they did see were missing eyes etc. but we absolutely saw otters AND the fish were fine!

The large aquariums had sea turtles, manta rays, sting rays, sharks, sawfish, all of the Finding Nemo fish...there were also tigers and birds in other displays...there was a place where we could touch real starfish and baby manta rays...and to top it off, the gift shop (that all parents dread) was actually very reasonably priced! Don't let any negative reviews scare you away. My advice is to try and go at the time the place opens. You'll be pleasantly surprised!

by Mike White

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Let's start with the extremely RUDE hostess, we asked if we could sit closer to the fish. She threw a fit, threw the menus down and started slamming chairs and tables together. There was 9 of us, she tried to fit us on 2 tables, we asked for another table she threw a fit. I ordered the fish and chips, the fish was cold and tasted nasty (really fishy). We will not eat there again! On a good note the Aquarium was cool, my grand babies loved the mermaids. Then you go outside and the girl running the carousel was rude and unfriendly as well. Looks like they need to do some serious house cleaning and/or training!

by Cory Wills

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Cara the rude girl at the ticket counter informed us (obviously rudely) that the coupon for being an email member must be printed out....ok so this is the only place not taking ecoupons....wait then I see all the lovely "conservation" information all over...so let me get this straight...your pitch is conservation, but you want everyone who comes here to print out a piece of paper for you to throw away...good plan...bravo! Oh wait then after you wait in line for 20 minutes, you get to wait in line again for 30 minutes while they force you to take a picture they want to charge you for later! Then finally you can get in the marginally decent aquarium..FUN!

by Rocio interiano

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All was good until we got to the food place in second floor we are members and get free sodas well my grandma pay for a large soda and I told her we had free sodas so I requested a refund and they called Julio for approval he did not understand the facts of using 2 free sodas for the one grandma has grabbed he was so rude and non helpful I could believe how they were only for a soda refund. Really!!! They ruined our visit I will never purchase the membership again especially if I have to deal with people like them. Dont waist your money is a very small place and with rude people and super expensive

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