National Aquarium | Tickets & Hours

at the link below or at the New England Aquarium box office for the same low price.
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What can I say? P.T. Barnum would be proud of the Landry's people. They have planted their restaurants in downtown Houston and managed to dupe everyone into thinking they have gotten an aquarium like Chicago and New Orleans.
Let's drop some quick facts:
Parking $6
Admission $7.50 for adults
Children 12 and under $5.50
Children under 2 (ya know, INFANTS) free
My wife and I spent the $21 expecting an experience like the ones we had at the Chicago, Boston or New Orleans Aquas but what we got was this:
Fish that you could most likely see at Petsmart and even though we stopped to read every info sign on all the tanks we were done in 20 MINUTES! 20 MINUTES!

Let me say it again...........20 MINUTES!!!!!!!
We planned this to be a 2 hour activity!
The exhibit (if you can call it that) was also inundated with very loud, obnoxious sound effects of jungle and ship sounds so that when we tried to speak to each other, we had to shout to hear one another.
Then we had that so rare opportunity to eat Landry's run-of-the-mill, overpriced, fried food.
For only another $7 each we could have ridden the shark-tank-train (you don't see the sharks otherwise, they are an additional fee), ride the ferris wheel or the merry-go-round.
If you want to spend a huge amount of money to go eat at Landry's and see many of the fish you might eat at Landry's ALIVE in tanks before you eat them, by all means go. Otherwise, go to the zoo or another city because Houston doesn't yet have an aquarium. They have another cheap, no substance scam-traction.
For one low price, you’ll enjoy exclusive perks and free admission to the Zoo, Aquarium, Theater and Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
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Hey guys, I hope you know that this is not the only aquarium in town. If you like or want an amusement park or theme park type of atmosphere that will entertain young children, then this Downtown Aquarium is for you. However, there are two other aquariums in town - one inside of the Houston Zoo and another at Moody Gardens in Galveston. Both of these other aquariums are more scientifically oriented and are for adults and families who enjoy the more scientific and educational aspects of an aquarium. (The Zoo Aquarium is a bit small though).

As for this aquarium, it is pretty much as the others have commented: it is very extremely small, has only a few small displays with few varieties of marine life, and most importantly, it is overpriced. I would suggest that if you really want to see this aquarium, then see it only once. More than that and you will be throwing your money away. If you'd rather go for the educational experience, then skip this aquarium entirely and head to either Moody Gardens or the Houston Zoo.
Purchase booklets or printable vouchers at the link below or at the New England Aquarium box office for the same low price.
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The Fine Print:
The Annual Pass is good for one year from the date of purchase for the names listed on the pass. Names and ages of children must be given at time purchase. If a child is age three (3) at the time of purchase of an Adult pass, the child will continue to receive free entry after turning age four (4) until the renewal date. One card per family or household; lost or extra cards are an additional $5.00 each. The aquarium may close early for private rentals, these dates and times will be listed on the Events Calendar of Shark Reef's website. Events both exclusive and public maybe an additional up-charge. Gift Shop discount is for regular priced items only and does not include sale items. No refunds, exchanges or transfers. Shark Reef and Mandalay Bay reserves the right to change or substitute this program and/or benefits.I ordered from TFP years ago, the last time I had an aquarium. When I decided to go for wet pets (and plants) again, TFP is one of the first sites I visited. Price and selection beat anything I can find locally--by far..I have been shopping for aquariums and fish supplies, and this is the BEST place for reasonable prices. The variety is awesome, and checkout is easy. Thank you for a wonderful shopping experience!The best sightseeing value! Save 45% off admission to the New England Aquarium, plus four more top Boston attractions: Museum of Science; Skywalk Observatory at Prudential Center; Harvard Museum of Natural History OR Boston Harbor Cruises. You'll skip most ticket lines, too. Each pass is valid for nine days.

Purchase booklets or printable vouchers at the link below or at the New England Aquarium box office for the same low price.