"We are honored and delighted to be named one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S," said Scot Hulgan, general manager of Downtown Aquarium Denver. "As a family-friendly entertainment and dining complex, we take great pride in offering quality exhibits, dining and educational programs to Denver residents and visitors."
Downtown Aquarium Denver offers more than 1 million gallons of exhibit space containing a wide variety of marine life, displays with animals from all over the world, a sea-themed ballroom and a bar and restaurant that include a 200,000-gallon tank full of sea creatures.
Downtown Aquarium Denver exhibits include:
§ North American Wilderness Guests can explore the very country they know best with new eyes those of a wildlife biologist. Animals from alligators to snapping turtles to river otters and freshwater life including trout and bass bring this forested exhibit space to life.
§ In the Desert The sights, sounds and feel of the desert are in the air as guests approach this exhibit, intended to show the aftereffects of a flash flood. Desert pupfish, paddlefish and rattlesnakes large catfish share the exhibit with snakes and reptiles to provide visitors a true picture of the complex nature of the desert environment.
§ Under the Sea Visitors are surrounded by marine life as they walk through a glass tunnel slicing through a mammoth aquarium. Sea horses, sawfish, eels and groupers swim overhead and all around as guests stroll through an experience meant to transport them far beneath the surface of the ocean.
§ At the Wharf This bottom-of-the-sea exhibit features the foundation of a wharf, giving visitors an up-close look at the bountiful populations of fish that are drawn to these man-made reefs. Visitors can observe divers making daily feedings to such interesting cold-water species as Alaskan king crabs, sharks and pot-bellied seahorses.
§ Rainforests of the World The sights, sounds and feel of the jungle are in the air as guests approach this lush exhibit. With natural light cascading through the glass ceiling, visitors wind along a Banyan tree-lined path, spying on the Downtown Aquarium's four Sumatran tigers. Hanging vines and foliage surround lagoons filled with hatchet fish, rummynose, altum angelfish, royal farlowella, zebra plecostomus, bleeding heart tetra, cardinal tetra, peacock bass, poison arrow frogs, fresh-water sting rays, mata mata turtles, piranha and electric eels.
§ Coral Lagoon The amazing wonders of a coral lagoon are revealed as visitors head toward the Sunken Temple exhibit. This exhibit depicts Mother Natures colorful underwater architecture at its best, with clownfish, damsel fish, surgeon fish, angel fish and many more species darting around their habitat.
§ Sunken Temple A tank encompassing more than 300,000 gallons allows plenty of room for saltwater fish such as barracuda, brown sharks and unicorn fish. The Sunken Temple area is also host to a dazzling natural coral reef that is home to many lionfish and other species that will delight visitors as they swim to and fro through coral tunnels and valleys.
§ Ship Wreck Aboard the sunken hull of a 17th century Spanish Galleon shipwreck, visitors have the opportunity to behold a variety of species from all over the world, including jellyfish, large sharks, 200-lb Eastern Pacific sea turtles and sand tigers. Visitors can watch dive presentations here.
§ At the Beach In this exhibit, the sands meet the water in a beach environment. Species showcased here include the octopus and wolf eel. The Sting Ray Reef features a gigantic interactive touch tank that allows visitors the chance to see, touch and feed sting rays that are as large as five feet in width.
Several of these exhibits include interactive elements, including Sting Ray Reef, where visitors can touch and feed stingrays, and an opportunity to pan for gold in the North American Wilderness exhibit. The facility, which is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, showcases long-time favorites such as the Sumatran tigers in its Rainforests of the World exhibit and the otters in the North American Wilderness exhibit. Downtown Aquarium features several other sea-inspired elements.
In the Aquarium restaurant, visitors take part in an "underwater dining adventure." With the dining area anchored by a 200,000-gallon tank, diners are transported into the wonders of the sea as they enjoy inspired masterpieces, from unique salads and innovative seafood dishes to delectable desserts.
The Dive Lounge, an upscale bar adjacent to the restaurant, serves the full restaurant menu amid a fully immersed underwater experience. Visitors can stop in for a meal or drink without having to purchase a ticket to the aquarium itself.
The restaurant and bar are open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The aquarium and exhibits are open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The complex includes the Nautilus Ballroom, which seats 250. The Ballroom is available for private social functions and meetings and hosts many educational events.
Downtown Aquarium has several other educational rooms that will offer children's classes teaching animal care, fun facts about nature and much more.
Shoppers can find unique aquatic-themed toys, books and gifts at the Treasure Chest Gift Shop.
Downtown Aquarium is an eighteen-acre entertainment complex in downtown Denver developed and operated by Landrys Restaurants, Inc. The complex features attractions including an aquarium with over one million gallons of water and 500 species, Aquarium Restaurant, three Sumatran Tigers, a sting ray reef and touch tank, The Nautilus Ballroom, The Dive Lounge, and amusements for the entire family. Downtown Aquarium is located on the northeast corner of I-25 and 23rd Avenue. For more information please visit www.aquariumrestaurants.com or call 303.561.4450.