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Downtown Aquarium

700 Water Street
303-561-4450

About Us:

Downtown Aquarium was purchased by Landry's Restaurants, Inc. in 2003, when it was Colorado's Ocean Journey Aquarium. On July 14, 2005, Landry's reopened the redesigned complex as Downtown Aquarium. The entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium boasting more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits that highlight fascinating ecosystems around the world. Downtown Aquarium houses over 500 species of animals, the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom and amusements for the entire family.

With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic and geographic exhibits and shopping, Downtown Aquarium has it all.



Reviews

Ashley

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
Visiting from out of state and as a family we love visiting aquariums. Child friendly and fun. Yes it is a small aquarium but it's full of great animals both marine and land. The mermaid show is so cute and educational for the kids and the exhibits are fun. A range of things to do and see all while visiting. Enjoy your visit!

Tam Bush

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Monday, May 28, 2018
Great place to spend time with your kiddos or loved ones. The experience lasts about 45 minutes to one hour to see everything. The staff were helpful and was able to answer the questions of my aspiring 12-year-old marine biologist. The marine life was amazing to see and explore the depths of the ocean in a way for all to enjoy. We watched a mermaid show that captivated everyone that stayed to watch; there is an area where you can stop to watch while seeing all the marine life swim by. My kids were amazed by the moray eel that decided to swim and flex its length power! Pro: A great afternoon place to spend time with the family. There are exhibits where you can touch stingrays and other marine life. Con: A bit pricey, but cost does include some other activities when you breakdown the cost. Overall Experience: My kids were happy and smiles for days, which I cannot put a price on that. That is pure joy to my heart.

GGsmallfries

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
As a person who has been to a lot of aquariums this was an amazing experience and a great aquarium! Did not try restaurant and aquarium was not crowded on a Thursday afternoon. Worth every penny and the drive to get there for sure! 18 month old loved it! Interior and exhibits were very unique and decorated in a fun interactive way. Will be back! 6-14-18.

Odie Mathiasen

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
This is our umpteenth time to the aquarium. Yes it is a little pricey but you are supporting great causes and it is pretty cool seeing all the animals that are there. You do have to pay for parking around the aquarium but the cost isn't that bad and we have always found a spot. If you can bring your own snacks and meals. They will hold your bags or cooler in the ticket office. The restaurant is quite expensive but good. Have fun...

Jeremy Hohn

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
A lot of reviews talk about the crowds and the age of the facility; both of which are very valid. While the number of people making their way through the exhibit was not excessive the very cramped spaces made actually taking your time and seeing what the facility has to offer nearly impossible. To make matters worse they have taken what little "open" space they have and made it into an impromptu exhibition area. For example the area where they do their mermaid show barely has enough room for people to gather and yet it is simultaneously being used as the only path for those who either don't care about the mermaid show or those too late to secure their space to watch. As a method of crown control they have an employee rudely and aggressively informs those too late for the show that they have to move quickly and get out of the space; too bad this is also the space with the largest viewing window to view some of the tanks. The cramped spaces and crowds are at their worst at the end when, in a space that was likely designed to just serve as an exit space, they have dozens of booths with completely unrelated vendors set up selling everything from face painting to caricatures in a desperate attempt to get more money out of the unfortunate visitors. This is also the space that houses the booth where you can view the forced photos they take at the entrance as well as their pet the stingray exhibit both of which are additional cost items. The biggest disappointment however came after we exited the aquarium. We were hot and thirsty from being inside such a crowded environment for so long and wanted water. While the posted $2.79 for a "bottled drink" was expensive it wasn't so expensive that we weren't willing to pay it; that's pretty standard for attractions. When they gave a total in excess of $4 for that bottle of water I pushed back. I was told "that's the price" and when I pointed out that their posted sign had a different price I was told "that's an old sign." In fact it was the ONLY sign that listed prices. After speaking with 3 employees and a manager they just gave us the bottle of water which of course was appreciated. It doesn't however change the fact that they are charging prices other than what they have posted. That's fraud. We ate dinner at the restaurant and had no issues at all there. In fact our server was amazing and the setting was better than we could have hoped for. In the end though the for profit status of the aquarium shines through in every way. This is a tourist trap, not a tourist attraction. As long as you go in expecting to have Landry's hands in your pockets from the time you arrive to when you leave it's not a horrible experience. I'm sure I'll be back in the future since I have a young child. Nonetheless I'll try to steer the family away from this place in the future.

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