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Downtown Aquarium

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Dive in to food and fun!

Explore the Adventure Exhibit with fascinating sea creatures, tigers and more! Enjoy sensational food at the Aquarium Restaurant and join us for incredible events and fun programs like swimming with the sharks!

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 & geographic exhibits and shopping, Downtown Aquarium has it all!

Aquarium Adventure Exhibits

North America

The North American continent is home to a variety of different habitats. Learning about the interesting habitats and the wonderful creatures that call our continent home is the first step toward ensuring that these habitats will be there for generations to come.

In The Desert

Deserts receive less than 10 inches of rain per year and have a very high evaporation rate, which exceeds the annual rainfall rate. Animals living in the desert have adapted to dryness, extreme temperatures and lack of shelter from the sun.

Under The Sea

The Under the Sea exhibit simulates the coral reef found just offshore in many seas, rich in caves and crevices that create excellent habitats.

At The Wharf

A wharf habitat has tides and waves crashing in and out all the time. The animals in this exhibit have various adaptations to survive such a tough environment. Many animals are submerged under water for a length of time, only to have the tide go out again, exposing them to the sun and air. Some animals dig down under the rocks to stay in one spot, while others let go and drift with the tide.

The Rainforest

Seven percent of our world is covered by rainforests. The exhibits in this area simulate different kinds of tropical rainforests. Some exhibits represent rainforests that are periodically inundated by flooding. Other habitats in this area represent a protected mangrove swamp near the mouth of a river, where tangled, submerged roots provide ample hiding places for small fish species.

Coral Lagoon

Barrier reefs consist of ridges of coral that run parallel to coastlines. They serve as barricades, breaking down wave energy before it reaches land. This saltwater habitat simulates a protected coral lagoon, sheltered from the pounding waves by a barrier reef.

Sunken Temple

Ancient ruins and temples are some of the world's most amazing mysteries. Many different cultures have temple ruins that have survived the ages.


In this area, the paintings on the walls replicate a shipwreck and the exhibits simulate the edge of the coral reef, where most shipwrecks occur.

At The Beach

Several interesting and unique animals inhabit areas of shallow water just off the shore. These animals live on rocky or sandy sea bottoms. They are good at hiding, spending most of their adult lives in crevices or burrows, or buried under the sand.

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Hours of Operation:
Mon10:00 AM9:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM9:00 PM
Wed9:00 AM9:00 PM
Thr10:00 AM9:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM9:30 PM
Sat10:00 AM9:30 PM
Sun10:00 AM9:00 PM
Notes: Above Are Exhibit Hours of Operation Restaurant Hours of Operation Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm Friday & Saturday: 11am – 10pm


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