Denver >Fish > Denver Aquarium
700 Water St, Denver, CO | Directions 8021139.752316 -105.013594
Neighborhoods: Jefferson Park, Northwest Denver
It's nice to have an aquarium in land-locked Colorado, of course, but not sure it's worth the admission price. With all the other things to do in Denver, the Front Range, and the mountains, would pass on this one.
VERY disappointed! We reserved a 50 year old birthday party there for a semi private area two weeks in advanced. When we arrived they had given the room to another party who purchased a $25.00 membership. They never called us to let us know, and proceeded to seat us at the worst place possible, near a wall where you couldn't even see the fish. We had out of town guest too. We’ll never go again.
Aquarium Restaurant is so-so – I am not able to review the Aquarium itself since we just stopped in for lunch at the Aquarium Restaurant. The food selection was good, though overpriced for sure. However, the food was so so at best. Grilled chicken was burned and the sandwich just fell apart. The kids "mac and cheese" was literally mac and cheese out of the box, gooey and bright yellow - not appetizing whatsoever and the price for that is ridiculous. The hostess wouldn't let us sit at a table by the fish tank, stating those were for "reservations" even though tons of those tables remained empty during the entire time we were there. What kind of customer service is that??? The floors were dirty and had trash on them. The bathrooms (located outside the restaurant) were dirty and dingy.
The restaurant has nice decorations and a great big fish tank with amazing fish - so it is a nice place for kids. I just wish the food tasted better. The waitstaff was friendly however and the food was served quickly.
Also not impressed with the giftshop, which you have to walk through to get to the restaurant (and again to get to the restrooms). Crammed with your typical souvenirs and hard to get through, especially with a stroller. What happened to creating an educational environment for children? It would be great if the giftshop would offer educational toys and games featuring marine wildlife or some one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
The website is horrible – There really isn't alot of information to help you decide if that is really where you want to visit or not.
A wonderful, educational experience! Hurray for fishes! – Although it is true you have to pay for parking and it costs about $15 per person to get into Ocean World, I truely believe it is worth it. I imagine it is not as easy to upkeep an oceanic aquarium in a landlocked state, a mile above sea level, as it is in states such as Texas and California with their miles and miles of coast. The aquarium is a valuable asset for education and also for enjoyment. I spent several hours gazing at the amazing array of fishes that are housed at Ocean world. I was also able to pet some delta rays. The otters are adorable and have a nice tank that lets you see them very well and quite close. The tigers are just beautiful. The pamphlet you are given is not incredibly in-depth, but the aquarium staff is very friendly and knowledgable. If you have questions about any of the displays, they are there to provide you with lots of information. I have never eaten at the restraunt, so I have no comment on the food. Once again, I feel that the Ocean World experience and its value to the state make it well worth the price of admission.
Great for the Kids – Took my 6 yr old daughter to the Denver Aquarium and we had a ball. All the different environments were a treat. Loved the underground cave with the benches for a break. The tiger show was great too. Try and go when you have a chance to pet the rays at the end!
Don't Go To The Restaurant – Terrible, terrible, terrible food. The service was good but who wants to eat seafood (that is all they have on the menu come to find out) after looking at all these beautiful water animals. The food is terrible and it's overpriced.
A nice day out – I have been to several aquariums over the years and the Denver Downtown Aquarium compares favorably. The Aquarium is well layed out, with a nice flow and story in between the displays. Each of the displays had a nice information placard so you knew what you were looking at, but not so much information that you stopped reading. We took our infant son (he is 8 months old) and he had a good time looking at all of the different fish. There were lots, and lots of families! I would recommend not bringing a stroller. Things were a bit crowded and it was hard to maneuver the stroller. We carried our son so he could see all of the displays (kids can't see too much from the stroller). There is a nice looking restaurant with a great view of a huge aquarium. We didn't eat there but it looked like a nice place to spend some time watching some more fish.
Feel Like a Kid Again – I went to the Aquarium on a Friday night and had an incredible time. I ended up running around like a little kid and saying, "Look at that! Look at that!" every thirty seconds or so. The displays are awesome, the tanks are ample (so the fish look happy in there), and I love that they are open late. A few reviewers have complained about the price, but it is only $9.95 a person after 6:00pm (not much more than the Denver Zoo), and you still have 4 or 5 hours to enjoy the aquarium. Maybe people who have been to places like SeaWorld think the aquarium is bad and not worth the price, but I loved it and had a great time. I can't wait to try the restaurant!
Great Experience – The Denver Aquarium is a great place to take your children. Although a bit pricey, it is a fabulous experience. We took fourteen children in March, and I am going again soon, plus a third time in September. Very well worth the time. And I agree that people probably do expect it to be like Sea World, but it's Colorado, This is not a place for something like that.
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